Saturday, May 29, 2010


ESL Grammar Practice: Prepostions of Place
ESL Grammar Practice: Preposition Practice
Better Prepositions
Better Prepositions of Time Prepositions of Time

Friday, May 28, 2010

Prepostions of Place

"The Art of Conversation" Rene Magritte, 1950

Prepositions are short words that show the relationship between things. Prepositions of place in English are not difficult, but take some practice to use correctly. Here are some rules to make these place prepostions easier to use accurately:

Use "at" for an exact address. For example, "Bob lives at 342 Mission Street."
A corner is also an exact place, so say "I'll meet you at the corner of Fifth and Market." Use "at" for a place such as a restaurant, hospital, or a store. You're calling your friend who asks you where you are, and you say, "I'm at school, right now. I'll call you later."

Use "in" for cities, states, countries. "I used to live in Nicaragua. I live in the United States now." "Oh, where?" "I live in San Francisco." "My friend Jose lives in California, also." Also, "in" is appropriate for objects inside a box or a drawer.
"This is a beautifully wrapped present. What's in it, I wonder?"

Use "on" when you talk about a street without using a specific address. "Our campus is on Valencia Street." Use "on" for the location of an object that is on top of another object. "What's that on your head?" "It's my new hat. Don't you like it?" "It looks like a bird." "Where are the car keys?" "They're on the table."

Use "on" for a floor of a building. "The Language Lab is on the Third Floor."

Use "between" when a place has a place on either side of it. "The bank is between the restaurant and the school."

Use "across from" for locating a place on the other side of the street. "The gas station is across from the hotel."

Use "to" to show the direction of an action. "He's moving to Los Angeles at the end of the month."

Use "from" to show a relationship to origin. "Mario is from Mexico."

Choose the correct preposition in the following sentences. Check your answers.

1. Tom lives Sacramento, California.

2. He didn't give me his exact address, but I believe he lives B Street.

3. You can probably find him the coffee shop C Street.

4. The tallest building the world isn't New York City.

5. Our business office is the fourth floor. Our school is located 1125 Valencia Street.

6. Maria is going school Ocean Campus of City College.

7. If you don't drive faster, we'll arrive the airport late.

8. There's a bank the restaurant and the laundromat.

9. Alejandro was born Texas, but he moved California last year.

10. Fred's sister said he wasn't home, so he must be school.

11. Aren't these apples good? They're Anderson Valley. You can buy some the farmer's market 24th Street.

12. Did Ed park his car front of his house or the driveway?

13. How far is Los Angeles San Francisco? I want to drive L.A. next weekend.

14. There's a good restaurant the subway station.

15. The Smiths live West Chestnut Street the shoe store.

16. They live Spain. They plan to travel Mexico next year.

17. My plane stopped Paris and London and arrived New York five hours late.

18. I live the 7th floor 21 Oxford Street Berkeley, California.

19. There is a "no smoking" sign the wall. It means you're not allowed to smoke this building.

20. I waited for you the restaurant for a long time. When you didn't show up, I went the bookstore.

21. The world's tallest building is Dubai, United Arab Emerates. It's name is Burj Khalifa. I have an office that building the 50th Floor.

(Come back to this exercise later. I'll be adding more questions)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Grammar Index

"The Entire City" by Max Ernst, 1937

1. Basic English
Present Progressive Tense
Simple Present Tense
"Yes/No" Questions
Simple Present Tense: Conjugation Practice
Conjugation of "do"
Simple Past Tense
Future Tense with "going to"
Future Tense with "will"
Vukile's Subject-Verb Agreement Quiz: "Bee Communication"
The Comparative Form: "I'm shorter than my brother."
Adjective or Adverb?

2. Intermediate English
Past Progressive Tense One
Past Progressive Tense Two
Present Perfect Tense
Present Perfect with "yet" and "already"
Present Perfect, "Yes/No" questions with "recently", "lately"
Present Perfect: Answering "How long" Questions
Present Perfect: Fill the Blanks
Present Perfect Tense: Questions
Simple Past or Present Perfect?
Simple Past or Present Perfect? Blank Fill
Present Perfect Conjugation Practice
Present Perfect Progressive Tense
More Present Perfect Progressive
Past Perfect Tense
Past Perfect Tense Quiz
Present Perfect or Past Perfect?
Gerunds and Infinitives
Gerund Review
Gerund and Infinitive Quiz
Phrasal Verbs
Phrasal Verb Practice Two
Correct the Errors
The Superlative with the Third Form Participle. Includes Audio.
Making Questions
Appropriate Responses to Questions or Statements

3. High Intermediate English

Passive Voice
Passive Voice Exercises
Embedded (Included) Questions "Do you know what time it is?"
“Should” Plus Present Perfect - Past Advice
“Must” Plus Present Perfect - Logical Deduction
Modal Plus Present Perfect
Connectors - “So am I” etc.
Future, Real Conditional
Future, Real Conditional "Fill the Blanks"
Present, Unreal Conditional
Future, Real Conditional or Present, Unreal Conditional?
Past, Unreal Conditional
Tag Questions
Using Reported Speech - "She said she was tired."

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Present Perfect Progressive Tense

"Green Apples" by Paul Cezanne, 1873

The Present Perfect Progressive Tense is formed by using the subject with "have been" or "has been" plus a present participle (-ing form) of the verb.
If you're using a subject pronoun, you may use a contraction. The contractions are as follows: I've, he's, she's, it's, you've, we've, they've.

Change the following Present Progressive sentences to Present Perfect Progressive. Use the time word in the drop down menu. Click on the arrows to view the correct answer.

1. He's studying English.

2. They're reading the new books.

3. We're waiting for the doctor.

4. They're repairing that road.

5. You're learning new words.

6. The students are writing their essay.

7. It's snowing.

8. We're jogging.

9. The gardeners are planting flowers.

10. The turkey is cooking.

11. They're swimming now.

12. Roger is working at the post office.

13. Irene is playing the piano.

14. We're playing soccer together.

15. What are they doing now?

16. The doctor is giving a check up.

17. The teacher is explaining the grammar.

18. The neighbors are making noise.

19. My TV isn't working well.

20. The baby is crying.

21. The ceiling is leaking.

22. My car is making strange noises.

23. Paul and Jane are dating.

24. Officer Daniels is directing traffic.

25. The neighbor's dog is barking.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Past Progressive Tense and Clauses.

"Puddle" M.C. Escher, 1952

Write the main clause or time clause to complete the following sentences.

1. I was sleeping when

2. While , he tripped on the curb.

3. While , it started to rain.

4. They were watching TV when

5. I was eating lunch when

6. when the plane took off.

7. While , they saw a beautiful bird.

8. They were getting off a bus when on the sidewalk.

9. Jack hurt his wrist while

10. Rita was brushing her teeth when

11. We were waiting for the bus when

12. While , the photographers ran towards us.

13. While Mary was sleeping last night,

14. I was skiing when

15. The teacher started to cough while

16. when she heard the office phone ring.

17. when my friend called on me.

18. when the accident happened.

19 while he was playing basketball.

20. When the fire started,

21. Sonia was waiting for me when

22. When the computer suddenly shut off,

23. While my girlfriend paid for the dinner.

24. Tom and I were having coffee when

25. George was driving to work when

26. Dorothy was talking to her friend when

Past Progressive Conversation Practice, Grammartalk 9HB, Page One