Using the word advice

February 11, 2014

The word advice is an uncountable noun. Uncountable nouns do not have plural forms. They cannot be used with the articles a/an. He gave me some advice. (NOT He gave me an advice.) (NOT He gave me advices.) Incorrect: Let me give you an advice. Correct: Let me give you some advice. Incorrect: She was […]

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Punctuation marks with independent clauses

January 23, 2014

Independent clauses can be separated (or connected) in a variety of ways. Full stop When both clauses are of equal importance and can stand on their own, we usually use a full stop to separate them. My toddler refuses to take a nap in the afternoon. He thinks he will miss out on some of […]

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Incomplete sentences

December 25, 2013

Sentence fragments are a common mistake. A sentence fragment is an incomplete sentence. It could be a prepositional phrase. Or it could be a dependent clause. An English sentence must have a subject and a verb of its own. Study the sentences given below. Mike took out his pen. He started writing. As you can […]

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Infinitives after auxiliaries

September 16, 2013

The infinitive is always used without to after the auxiliaries can, could, may, might, must, will, would, shall, should, do, does and did. She can swim. (NOT She can to swim.) (NOT She can swimming.) He must obey me. (NOT He must to obey me.) (NOT He must obeying me.) She should understand. (NOT She […]

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Common mistakes in the use of nouns and adjectives

July 2, 2013

Each sentence given below contains one or more grammatical mistakes. Find out the mistake and rewrite the sentence correctly. 1. I heard these news in the morning. 2. One of my friend wants to go to France. 3. Each of these children know the answer by-heart. 4. He is most intelligent boy in our class. […]

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Instead as an adverb and preposition

March 29, 2013

Instead is an adverb. It means ‘as an alternative’. He didn’t buy a large loaf. Instead, he bought two small loaves. She didn’t go to Greece. Instead, she went to Italy. Don’t marry Peter. Marry me instead. As an adverb instead goes at the beginning or at the end of a clause. When it goes […]

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Using the future continuous tense

March 9, 2013

The future continuous tense is mainly used to say that something will be in progress at a particular moment in the future. Form: will be + -ing form of the verb Good luck. We’ll be praying for you. This time tomorrow I will be performing in front of 15,000 people. Predicting the present We use […]

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Rewrite sentences without changing the meaning

March 3, 2013

Combine the following sentences using an appropriate tense form. 1. He was in the habit of smoking. He no longer smokes. 2. She started singing at 7 am. She is still singing. Now it is 9 am. 3. She joined our company in 2005. She quit our company in 2011. 4. He began to wait […]

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Formation of questions

March 2, 2013

Frame questions for the following answers. Start your questions with Do + subject + know…? Example Yes, he gets up at 7 am. Do you know when he gets up? 1. Yes. The Himalayas are in the north. 2. Yes. She is quitting her job because she is moving to another city. 3. No. He […]

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Reporting statements

March 1, 2013

Reporting statements is relatively easy. The most common verb used to report statements is tell. As a general rule, the changes in the tense of the reported speech depend upon the tense of the reporting verb in the direct speech. Thus when the reporting verb is in the past tense, the tense of the reported […]

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