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Subject and object complements exercise

October 8, 2014

Identify the verb, subject complement, direct object, indirect object and object complement in the following sentences. 1. George is the captain. 2. The judge pronounced the judgment. 3. My sister looked worried. 4. Parents should be kind to their children. 5. Mother brought us tea. 6. The officer asked him several questions. 7. Let us […]

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Verb forms exercise

September 9, 2014

Complete the following sentences using an appropriate tense form. 1. I ……………………. here since morning. a) am waiting b) have been waiting c) had been waiting 2. It ………………….. raining since yesterday. a) hasn’t stopped b) didn’t stop c) hadn’t 3. I …………………….. interested in metaphysics. a) am always b) have always been c) had […]

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The same word used as different part of speech

June 5, 2014

Here is a list of some of the most important words which belong to different parts of speech. Note that it is the function or use which determines which part of speech a particular word belongs to. About About can be used as an adverb or a preposition. As an adverb, about modifies the verb. […]

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Direct and indirect speech: an overview of the rules

May 2, 2014

When the reporting verb is in the past tense, all present tenses in the direct speech will change into the corresponding past tenses. For example, the simple present will become simple past. He said, ‘I want to go.’ He said that he wanted to go. The present continuous will become the past continuous. She said, […]

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Subordinating conjunctions exercise

March 30, 2014

Complete the following sentences using appropriate subordinating conjunctions. 1. I make it a point to visit the Taj Mahal …………………. I go to Agra. 2. This is the place …………….. I used to stay when I was studying at college. 3. ……………….. you get the first rank, I will buy you a car. 4. ……………….. […]

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Smart Copywriting: The Company Website and Business Blog Know-how (plus SEO tips)

March 26, 2014

There are 2,095,006,005 Internet users worldwide, and each of them spends 22% of their time online social networking, 20% for reading content, and 21% for searches, according to It is not surprising that companies dove into this space to grow their business, and some even used it to build their startups. Since content is mainly […]

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Effective Business Writing: How to Write Letters and Inter-office Documents

March 23, 2014

Imagine the world without language. There would be catastrophe in silence, in cultures, in our surviving and in our sense of being. This is the same with having insufficient communication within a corporate organization or a business. Without communication, there would be no sales, no suggestions, and no solidarity. Hence, today, we will tackle the […]

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The Ultimate Business Proposal Guide: How to Pitch, Propose, and Persuade

March 21, 2014

Passion, for most successful businessmen, is what drives business. But passion alone cannot build a business. It requires a lot from reality: paperwork, budget, workforce, utilities,  marketing, and connections–with business partners, companies, government institutions, and most especially, customers. In every step of the way, a business thrives in the quality of its network, most especially […]

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How to Write A Cover Letter and A Follow-up Letter, and Create A Winning Portfolio

March 17, 2014

A cover letter is like the icing of a cake or a movie poster. Basically, it aims to tease potential employers and to give them an engaging reason to read through your resume. Remember that there are millions of job seekers out there, and to catch an employer’s eyes is a critical step in surviving […]

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10 Things to Remember to Craft A Sales Letter That Brings Results

March 11, 2014

A sales letter is a direct mail that persuades readers to buy a specific product or service. But if you look at its role in one’s business, it is more than just a piece of paper. It is even beyond selling and persuading. It is what best-selling author and marketer Seth Godin means with his line: “Connect, […]

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