Monday, January 28, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
As a change from writing grammar exercises for foreign students, I've decided with this post to make a small contribution to the debate on the position of -ise/-ize verbs in Britain. It is rather long and quite detailed, and illustrated with lots of examples.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
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There's not an awful lot on the Internet or in grammar books on the inversion of conditionals, so I thought I'd take quite a detailed look at it, with plenty of exercises.
This post consists of:
- Four introductory exercises
- The basic principles
- First conditional - exercise
- Second conditional - exercise
- Third conditional - exercise
- Inverting negatives
- Mixed conditionals
- If it wasn't/weren't/hadn't been for ... - exercise
- Bringing it all together - exercise
- Should - advanced point - aspect
- How do we know when we can invert in real tense conditionals?
- Exceptions - should, have and were to have done
Should you find the introductory exercises too difficult, or would prefer to go straight the explanation, you can skip (miss out) the first section.