06 Dec 2016

INVERSION OF VERB

INVERSION INVERSION = putting the verb before the subject See this sentence: Hardly had he gone out, when his father arrived. In this sentence HAD is a helping verb. Normally a helping verbs comes after the subject, but here, you see, HAD has come before the subject HE, it’s called

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18 Nov 2016

COMMON ERRORS IN USING ‘NUMBERS’ & ‘UNITS OF MEASUREMENT’

COMMON ERRORS IN USING ‘NUMBERS’ & ‘UNITS OF MEASUREMENT’ 1.  The words day, month, minute, mile, kilo, dozen, gross, pair, score, hundred, thousand, million, billion, trillion when used with with a number immediately before a noun, are never made plural; e.g. a) a six-minute wait b) a ten-second silence c) a

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13 Nov 2016

ERRORS IN USE OF ‘WILL & SHALL’

WILL & SHALL 1. We use WILL for all persons, but we often use SHALL with a first person pronoun I or WE; e.g. a) Simply complete the form and return it to me, and I shall personally reserve your hotel room for you. b) We shall look at a full report from

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26 Oct 2016

USING PREPOSITIONS IN ‘TIME PHRASES’

IN 1. main parts of the day In the morning/afternoon/evening; e.g. In the morning we went for a walk along the Marine Drive. NOTE: We say AT NIGHT, not IN NIGHT; e.g. I don’t like driving at night. 2. months, years, seasons, centuries a) She’ll be coming back home in March. b)

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20 Oct 2016

‘POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVE’ OR ‘OBJECTIVE PRONOUN’ BEFORE THE GERUND

‘POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVE’ OR ‘OBJECTIVE PRONOUN’ BEFORE THE GERUND If it is necessary, in formal English the possessive adjective is used before the gerund, not the objective pronoun; e.g. 1. We enjoyed their singing. (not ‘them singing’) 2. Mohan insisted on my reading it. (not ‘me reading’) 3. Forgive my ringing

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01 Jul 2016

USING ADJECTIVES CORRECTLY

Before we understand how adjectives are used correctly, let’s understand the concept of adjective first. A word used with a noun to describe the person, animal, place or thing which the noun names, or to tell the number or quantity, is called an Adjective. So words CLEVER, THAT, TWO and LITTLE

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01 Jul 2016

COMPARISON OF ADJECTIVES

 1. COMPARISONS WITH POSITIVE DEGREES The Positive Degree of an adjective is the adjective in its simple form. It is used to denote the mere existence of some quality of what we speak about. It is used when no comparison is made. But sometimes we use it to compare two people or

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15 Jun 2016

HOW TO MAKE POSSESSIVES OF NOUNS

A) THE FORM OF THE POSSESSIVE CASE Possessive case of a noun can be formed in the following five ways By adding ‘s to the noun By adding ‘ to the noun By adding either ‘s or ‘ to the noun By using NOUN+OF+NOUN By either adding ‘s to the noun or using NOUN+OF+NOUN 1. By adding

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10 Jun 2016

KIND OF Vs KINDS OF

The words kind, sort, and type can be troublesome when they are used with plural nouns and adjectives. 1. You use KIND to talk about a class of peopple or things. KIND is a countable noun. After words like ALL and MANY, THESE, THOSE, you use KINDS, not KIND.; e.g. 1. I

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21 Jan 2016

PREPOSITION (RULES OF USAGE)

PREPOSITION 1. A Preposition is a word placed before a noun or a pronoun, that tells the relation between that noun or pronoun with something else; e.g. 1. Your shoes are under the table. 2. The cat jumped off the chair. 3. I do not agree with you. 4. She

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