Dependent prepositions with verbs, adjectives and nouns

Dependent prepositions (with verbs, adjectives and nouns) Certain verbs, adjectives and nouns naturally take certain prepositions when placed in a sentence – these are called dependent prepositions. For example, you can object to (something), participate in (something), complain about (something). Unfortunately there are no fixed rules that can help you decide which dependent prepositions should … Read more

Reported speech

Reported speech Reported speech, also called indirect speech, is what happens when we are telling someone about what another person said. Here is an example of direct and reported speech: Direct speech: I don’t like this party. Reported or indirect speech: He said (that) he didn’t like the party. When changing direct speech into reported … Read more

Reported speech exercises

Reported speech exercises Have you read the information page on reported speech? Click here to read it before you try the reported speech exercises. Remember to register to get email updates. Complete the reported speech exercises below to test your knowledge. Practice: reported speech exercises Do the sentences below show correct use of reported speech? … Read more

Causative verbs exercises

Causative verbs exercises Have you read the information page on causative verbs? Click here to read it before you try the causative verbs exercises. Remember to register to get email updates. Complete the causative verbs exercises below to test your knowledge. Complete the causative verbs exercises by choosing the correct option (a), (b), (c) or … Read more

Causative verbs

Causative verbs Causative verbs, as the name suggests, are used when we want to talk about somebody causing something to take place but not actually performing the action. In sentences including causative verbs, the subject does not perform the action. Compare the causative to active and passive sentences: Example Meaning Type of sentence I had … Read more

Superlative adjectives

Superlative adjectives We use superlative adjectives when we are comparing one adjective against more than one other adjective. Examples of superlative adjectives: Of all animals, the cheetah is the fastest. Some people think that English is the most difficult language in the world. In my house, I have to get up the earliest because my … Read more