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Saturday, November 5, 2011


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Friday, November 4, 2011

New Test

Verb Tense Exercise 1

Simple Present / Present Continuous

Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses, then click the "Check" button to check your answers.

1. Every Monday, Sally (drive) her kids to football practice.

2. Usually, I (work) as a secretary at ABT, but this summer I (study) French at a language school in Paris. That is why I am in Paris.

3. Shhhhh! Be quiet! John (sleep) .

4. Don't forget to take your umbrella. It (rain) .

5. I hate living in Seattle because it (rain, always) .

6. I'm sorry I can't hear what you (say) because everybody (talk) so loudly.

7. Justin (write, currently) a book about his adventures in Tibet. I hope he can find a good publisher when he is finished.

8. Jim: Do you want to come over for dinner tonight?
Denise: Oh, I'm sorry, I can't. I (go) to a movie tonight with some friends.

9. The business cards (be, normally ) printed by a company in New York. Their prices (be) inexpensive, yet the quality of their work is quite good.

10. This delicious chocolate (be) made by a small chocolatier in Zurich, Switzerland.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Basic of Prepositions

English as Second Language


The researchers have found a number of solutions of the problem. [solutions to]

All staff and students have great respect to Professor Greenberg. [respect for]

1. Prepositional combinations
You can use a preposition with a noun, a verb, and/or an adjective.

In Li’s view, some students are incapable of learning effectively in the absence of any form of assessment.

Due to the budget cut, the new committee consists of only ten members, six of whom will be engaged in this investigation.

Some commonly used combinations in academic communication are given below:

With nouns:

at a glance

in due course

solution to

on average

on the whole

With verbs:

comment on

account for

convince of

stem from

distinguish from

With adjectives:

confused by

related to

devoted to

aware of

satisfied with

2. No prepositions
Some verbs take a direct object and you should not use a preposition after them.


In the seminar, we discussed various issues related to the future development of robots.

Our department emphasises the excellence and applicability of industry-oriented research.


Fill in all the gaps with prepositions.

1. The students are given a week to prepare the test.
2. The researchers have found a number of solutions the problem
3. Hard work is the key success.
4. Jim apologised the lecturer missing the assessment.
5. No one can account the disappearance of the money.
6. The alleged murderer mentioned his financial difficulties the police investigation.
7. Students are encouraged to participate more activities during their university life.
8. You can distinguish sample A sample B by the size of the cells.
9. It is vital that you insure your house fire and other accidents.
10. The new virus presents a threat all PC users.

Basic Prepositions: Time and Place - at, in, on and to

Read the story below:

I was born in Seattle, Washington on the 19th of April in 1961. Seattle is in the State of Washington in the United States. That was many years ago... Now, I live in Leghorn in Italy. I work at the British School. I sometimes go to a movie on the weekend. I meet my friends at the movie theater at 8 o'clock or later. In the summer, usually in August, I go home to visit my family in America. My family and I go to the beach and relax in the sun in the morning and in the afternoon! In the evening, we often eat at a restaurant with our friends. Sometimes, we go to a bar at night.

Look at the chart below:


We use in with months - in May
seasons - in winter
country - in Greece
city or town names - in New York
times of the day - in the morning, afternoon or evening
BUT at night!


We use "on" with specific days - on Friday, on New Year's Day, on April the 19th
American English - "on the weekend OR on weekends"


We use "at" with specific times - at 7 o'clock, at 6.15
at night
specific places in a city - at school
British English - "at the weekend OR at weekends"


We use "to" with verbs which show movement such as go and come - He goes to school.
She returned to the store.
They are coming to the party tonight.

Fill in the gaps in this paragraph with the prepositions - in, on, at or to. Click on the arrow to see the answer.

Janet was born ______ Rochester ________December 22nd _____3 o'clock _____the morning. Rochester is the state of New York _____the United States. Now, she goes _____ classes ____the university. She usually arrives _____the morning ____8 o'clock. ______weekends, she likes driving her _____friend's house _____Canada. Her friend lives _____Toronto. She usually arrives_____ 9 the evening and leaves _____Sunday morning. _____Saturday, they often meet friends ____a restaurant. _____night, they sometimes go _____a motel. _____summer, ____July for example, they often go _____the countryside.

Prepared by:

Muhammad Kashif Iqbal

Sunday, October 30, 2011

striker: Simple English Test for Beginers

striker: Simple English Test for Beginers

ENGLISH Reading EX.1

English as Second Language

Readign Exercises 1

The Lion and the Mouse

A lion was awakened from sleep by a mouse running over his face. Rising up with anger, he caught the mouse and was about to kill him. Then, the mouse interrupted saying, "If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness." The lion laughed and let him go. It happened shortly after this that the lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by strong ropes to the ground. The mouse,recognizing the lion’s roar, came and gnawed the rope with his teeth, and set him free! The mouse then told the lion, "You ridiculed the idea that I would ever be able to help you. You didn’t expect to receive from me any repayment of your favor. Now you know that it is possible for even a mouse to help out a lion."

Read the story. Use the information in the story to answer the questions below.

1. What caused the lion to wake up from his sleep?

A. He was hungry B. He was angry

C. A mouse ran over his face D. He wasn’t tired anymore

2. Why did the lion laugh at the mouse?

A. The mouse was telling funny jokes B. He didn’t think the mouse could ever repay him

C. He wanted to let him go D. He knew that the mouse would save his life

3. “The mouse, recognizing the lion’s roar, came and gnawed the

rope with his teeth, and set him free.” What does the word gnawed

mean in this sentence?

A. Chewed B. Hungry

C. Quickly D. Pinched

4. What lesson did the lion learn from the mouse?

A. Even a lion can help a mouse B. It is possible for even a mouse to eat cheese

C. The lion could have eaten the mouse D. It is possible for even a mouse to help out a lion

5. Based on the events that happened in the story, what would most

likely happen next?

A. The lion would thank the mouse B. The lion would eat the mouse

C. The mouse would eat the lion D. The lion would be angry with the mouse

6. Guess from the context and write the meanings of lettered words._____________________________________________


7. What is the moral of story?

Prepared by: Muhammad Kashif Iqbal

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Simple English Test for Beginers

English as Second Language

Daily Routines

Complete the sentences below using a present simple verb:

I ____________________ the newspaper at 8.00am.

I ____________________ a coffee break at 10.30am.

I ____________________ a shower at 7.30am.

I ____________________ a bus to work at 8.30am.

I ____________________ up at 7.15am.

I ____________________ work at 9.00am.

I ____________________ lunch at 1.00pm.

I ____________________ to my friend on the phone at 2.30pm.

I ____________________ an email at 2.40pm.

I ____________________ up at 7.05am.

I ____________________ breakfast at 7.45am.

I ____________________ home at 5.00pm.

I ____________________ my guitar at 9.00pm.

I ____________________ dinner at 6.00pm.

I ____________________ to bed at 11.10pm.

I ____________________ football at 7.00pm.

I ____________________ a book at 10.00pm.

I ____________________ to the radio at 10.40pm.

I ____________________ TV at 8.30pm.

I ____________________ the dishes at 6.30pm.

I ____________________ to sleep at about 11.20


Prepared by: Muhammad Kashif Iqbal