English I: Last-minute Tips


On a reader's request, here are some last minute (updated) tips to prepare for the grammar (and comprehension) portion of English I: Go through a list of prepositions and prepositional phrases (you can find plenty of such lists on the internet, or in the textbooks prescribed here: https://icsehelpline101.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/textbook-textbook-which-to-choose/) and keep practicing these every night. They'll help a lot … Continue reading English I: Last-minute Tips

Basic grammar — Where some students go wrong


English I – Improve your writing with these quick tips!

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Present / Past continuous tenseWhen to use and when not to use

Use of present / past continuous sense is

a. Wrong in certain occasions.
b. Undesirable and unnecessary in some occasions
c. Essential in some situations.
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a. When it is wrong

I am feeling tired. (Not correct)
I feel tired (Correct)
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I am feeling sleepy. (Wrong)
I feel sleepy. (Correct)
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I am feeling hungry. (Incorrect)
I feel hungry. (Correct)
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b. When it should be avoided

When I was a small tea-shop owner, I was visiting my bank only once a month to deposit the surplus earnings in my wife’s account. (Avoid)

When I was a small tea-shop owner, I visited (or used to visit) my bank only once a month to deposit the surplus earnings in my wife’s account. (Desirable…

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Answer to creative Writing –Model letter to Principal for school menu


English I – Model Letter Writing (Formal Letter)

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To
The Principal
Nehru International School
Bangalore                                                                                       Date …….

Subject … Suggestions for a better system of canteen procurement

Respected Sir,

I am Duncan Smith, a student of Class seven, Section D. Last week, you generously permitted the Hockey team of our school to go on a study cum recreation trip to a few villages in the outskirts of Bangalore. What we saw and learnt during this trip have opened our minds. Later, it has resulted in a frenzy of discussion among us as to how miserably we, the students of this elite school, are ignorant of our rural folks. As the Captain of the Hockey team, I express my deep gratitude to you for your kindness and sagacity.

The villages we went to are Rampur, Chenapatna and Haridaspur. We, the15 boys in the trip, have come back with some constructive ideas about the way our school can better…

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English I: How to Improve Your Essays


On a reader's request, here are some ways you can improve your essays: * Captivate your reader's mind by making your beginning really interesting. You can: - begin with a rhetorical question, ex. "Ever thought what life would be like if...?" - list a few words regarding the topic, ex "Lights. Lamps. And loads of … Continue reading English I: How to Improve Your Essays

Simple tips in English grammar


English I – Tips for better grammar skills!

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Navigating your way through the labyrinth of English grammar …

 

 

a. We are all taught a plural subject needs a plural verb and a singular subject needs a singular verb. Sometimes, you will have difficulty in deciding in subject is plural or singular. In such cases, go by the sense of the words, find which part /parts of the sentence constitute the subject and, then, choose the verb accordingly.

 

Twenty tins of Rasgoolas are waiting to be sent to the canteen.
Twenty teens of Rasgoolas is a day’s consumption of the Indian wresting contingent.

Five hundred books are enough for a start-up village library.
Five hundred books is a village library’s minimum requirement to begin functioning.

Three dhoti-kurtas are enough for Anna’s wardrobe.

Three dhoti-kurtas is a whole year’s need of a simple man like Anna.
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b. Time, in whatever you write, is written in a…

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