I just came across this interesting quiz on grammar. It tests everything from subject- verb agreement to your knowledge of sentence structure. Quite interesting. Do check it out. Comment below what you found easy and what was a challenge. Let's see if we can help each other out. Do like, share, follow and comment if … Continue reading Test Your Smarts- Grammar Quiz 1
The continuous tense shows an action that is, was, or will be in progress at a certain time. The continuous tense is formed with the verb ‘be’ + -ing form of the verb. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYuwpd0YShU Questions to guide your thinking: What are continuous tenses?Give two examples of each of the following by writing complete sentences:Present Continuous … Continue reading Present, Past and Future Continuous Tenses
This picture tells us about some common mistakes we make in English. There are mistakes related to subject-verb agreement, use of correct adverb and many other grammar topics. Just check which mistakes you make, and try to avoid them next time. One mistake I have seen a lot of people make is using the past … Continue reading Common Errors in English: Part- I
introspect (verb) examine one's own thoughts or feelings Sentence- The teacher told the student to introspect on his actions to find out how he could improve his behaviour and life. Question- Can you think of any synonyms of this word? Hint: You even have a corner in your classes to help you introspect. Do make … Continue reading Word of the Day- November 17, 2018
badinage i. (noun) conversation or remarks that are jokes and not serious ii. (noun) witty or humorous conversation Sentence- The President was in a good mood as he walked through the crowd and made several voters laugh with his witty badinage.
respite (noun) a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant Sentence- The refugee encampments will provide some respite from the suffering to the victims of the war.
sue (verb) to start a legal case against a person or an organization, in order to claim money from them because they have harmed you in some way Sentence- Siddharth decided to sue the manufacturing company for £2 million for the harm caused by the defect in their mobile phones. Special mention to Siddharth Gautam … Continue reading Word of the Day- November 14, 2018
amusement i. (noun) the feeling that you have when you think something is funny Sentence- To my great amusement, the dog ran off with my father's slipper. ii. (noun) the pleasure that you get from being entertained or from doing something interesting Sentence- I play the piano for my own amusement, not for anyone else's.
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aplomb (noun) self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation Sentence- During the bomb scare, the teacher managed the children with aplomb and kept everyone calm. Question- What visual comes to your mind when you see this word? I can visualize a child standing on the stage with bright lights all around. She is … Continue reading Word of the Day- November 11, 2018
adore i. (verb) love and respect someone deeply Sentence- Rohit adores his mother, so he helps her out with her work at home. ii. (verb) worship, venerate Sentence- Some people adore fire believing it to be a form of the divine.
proactive (adjective) creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened Sentence- The proactive student who worked on his weak areas with a plan in mind, scored better than his friend who idled away his time in video games and studied at the last moment.
frisson (noun) a sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear, a thrill Sentence- As Amber walked to the podium to make her speech, a frisson of nervousness swept over her.
plausible i. (adjective) reasonable or probable, likely to be true Sentence- When Jason forgot to do his homework, he tried to come up with a plausible excuse his teacher would believe. ii. (adjective) a person skilled at producing persuasive arguments, especially ones intended to deceive Sentence- Derek is a plausible salesman who has made a … Continue reading Word of the Day- November 7, 2018
charlatan (noun) a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill Sentence- The charlatan pretended to be a doctor so he could go into the hospital and steal prescription drugs.
aficionado (noun) a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject, or pastime Suntence- The crossword aficionado would spend hours solving crosswords so, he started winning many prizes.
onerous (adjective) involving a great deal of effort, trouble, or difficulty Sentence- Despite his rigid training, the athlete was unprepared to handle the onerous terrain.
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Does the picture in this dog remind you of someone? Well, it reminds me of many people, but most of all I can connect it to the chapter "Rip Van Winkle" and the poem "The Lazy Frog" (You know good readers are always 'connecting' in order to understand the text better). Here's a link to … Continue reading The Lazy Frog- Video
whine (verb) give or make a long, high-pitched complaining cry or sound Sentence- The dog whined and scratched at the back door, because it was too scared to go out with firecrackers burning all around.
clemency (noun) mercy, lenience Sentence -In their letter to the governor, the victim's family asked him not to give clemency to their son's murderer.
incessant (adjective) continuing without pause or interruption, generally used for something unpleasant Sentence- The incessant loud chitchat of the passengers in the stuffed metro, exasperated me.
hearsay (noun) information received from other people which cannot be substantiated, rumour Sentence- The evidence against the culprit was nothing concrete but all hearsay, so he was acquitted on all counts. Question: Does the word remind you of any idiom?
commotion i. (noun) a state of confused and noisy disturbance Sentence- Ria was unable to concentrate on her homework due a commotion in the street across her house.
foster i. (verb) encourage the development of something, especially something desirable Sentence- A teacher's task is to foster learning. ii. (verb) bring up a child that is not one's own by birth Sentence- A person who would foster John was found.
Tenses are one of those parts of a sentence which most children fail to write correctly. Without correct tenses the reader doesn't get to know when the action happened. It all starts with the simple tenses. So here's a video which makes simple tenses simple to understand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NdSJ0Kc1iY Do like, share, follow and comment if … Continue reading Simple Tense: Past, Present and Future