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Shall and will exercise

November 25, 2011

Fill in the blanks using will or shall. 1. ……………………… the messenger wait for the reply? 2. …………………….. I carry this bag for you? 3. He …………………………. be talking all the time without doing anything. 4. This machine …………………….. work well without giving you any trouble. 5. ……………………….. you give me your dictionary? 6. ……………………… […]

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Uses of that

September 14, 2011

That can be used as an adjective and a pronoun. It is the singular form of those. Compare: Look at that man over there. Look at those men over there. As an adjective that can refer to either people or things. This photograph is much better than that photograph. That boy says that he is […]

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Grammar terms with M

September 13, 2011

Main clause A clause which is capable of making a complete sentence by itself. A sentence must have at least one main clause. A simple sentence consists of only a single main clause. Example: John wrote a letter. In a compound sentence, there are two main clauses connected by and. Susie cooked dinner and Jane […]

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Expressions without prepositions

March 22, 2011

Some common expressions are used without prepositions. Verbs without prepositions Some verbs are normally followed by direct objects without prepositions. Examples are: enter, discuss, marry, lack, resemble, approach etc. We entered the compound. (NOT We entered into the compound.) Let’s discuss your plans. (NOT Let’s discuss about your plans.) She lacks tact. (NOT She lacks […]

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Articles with countable and uncountable nouns

March 18, 2011

Countable nouns are the names of separate people or objects which we can count. Uncountable nouns are the names of materials, liquids and other things which we do not see as separate objects. We can use the indefinite article (a/an) with singular countable nouns. A plural countable noun cannot be used with indefinite articles. Countable […]

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More about noun clauses – part 2

March 13, 2011

A noun clause can be used in apposition to a noun or a pronoun. Study the following sentences. Your statement that you didn’t take the money can’t be believed. His belief that someday he would succeed cheered him through his failures. The news that he is alive made us happy. The belief that the soul […]

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Verbs not used in progressive forms

March 9, 2011

Some verbs are not used in progressive forms. I love you. (NOT I am loving you.) I like this color. (NOT I am liking this color.) I rang her up because I wanted to speak. (NOT I rang her up because I was wanting to speak.) Many of these non-progressive verbs refer to states rather […]

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Singular and plural nouns

November 29, 2010

The label number refers to the grammatical category which relates to the number of countable objects in the world. In English, number is important with nouns. An English noun exhibits a two-way distinction of number: a singular form and a plural form. The singular form denotes one of something. Examples are: tree, cat, flower, girl, […]

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Uses of the participle – part II

October 6, 2010

Participles are also used in absolute phrases with a noun or pronoun going before them. God willing, we shall meet again. The fog having lifted, the plane took off. Notes: Each of these absolute phrases can be transformed into a subordinate clause. If God is willing, we shall meet again. When the fog had lifted, […]

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Uses of the verb have

October 1, 2010

The verb have is used in a number of ways in English. It can be used as an auxiliary verb. It can also be used as an ordinary verb. As an ordinary verb have indicates ideas such as possession of objects, individual characteristics, relationships etc. Examples: He has a brother in Germany. She has long […]

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