Sunday, July 29, 2012

English 101: Adjectives and Adverbs

Adjectives modify nouns


1. a big house
2. an open window

3. delicious apple
4. a beautiful lady
5. an honest student

Adverbs modify verbs. They tell us how we do something.


1. They speak softly.
2. Maria dances beautifully.

3. He runs fast.
4. John wishes to stay in the Philippines permanently.
5. Cross the street safely.

We can form many adverbs by adding ly to an adjective.


1. soft = softly
2. rapid = rapidly
3. serious = seriously
4. bad = badly
5. cheerful = cheerfully

However, some words can be used as either adjectives or adverbs without any changes in form.


1. Tom is a hard worker. (as adjective).  Tom works hard. (as adverb)
2. Jessica is a late comer. (as adjective).  She is always late. (as adverb)

Practice Test:

Supply the correct form of the adjective or adverb.

slow   1.  Carina is a very __________ student.
easy    2. My grandma can do ________ exercise.
fast     3.  Mario walks ________.
beautiful  4. He plays the piano ____________.
hard    5.  Aida works very _______ in her new project.
complete 6. The teacher agrees with her students ___________.
permanent 7. They are holders of ____________ visas.
late  8. Father seldom comes _________.
quick.  9. Come _________.
low 10. Fe often gets ______ grades in Science.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

English 101: Good and Well

Good is an adjective. As such, it modifies a noun.


1. Maria is a good dancer.
2. He is a good lawyer.
3. Mrs Cruz is a good teacher.

Well is usually used as an adverb.


1. Thomas writes well.

2. Mr Santos teaches very well.
3. They dance well.

However, well is occasionally used as an adjective only when it means to be in good health.


1. Juan is sick but now he is well.
2. Don't come to school until you are well.
3. Don't worry. I am well.

Practice Test

Supply good or well in the following sentences.

1. Mrs Cruz is a ________ teacher. She teaches _________.
2. He speaks French _______.
3. They don't understand him _______ when  he speaks rapidly.
4. When you don't feel ________, take a nap.
5. These exercises are ________ for us.
6. Mrs Johnson was sick for a few days, but now she is _______again.
7. Her brother is also a ________ tennis player.
8. Today's weather is very _________.
9. This new pencil writes ________.
10. His parents congratulated him for his ________performance.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

ALS A & E Test Schedule in October 2012

As per Department of Education Memorandum 93 series of 2012 issued on May 24. 2012, the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Accreditation and Equivalency (A and E) will be held on the following dates:

1. Region 9, 10, 11, 12, Caraga and ARMM = October 7, 2012
2. Region 5, 6 , 7 and 8 = October 14, 2012
3. Region 1, 2 and 3 = October 21, 2012
4. Region 4-A, 4-B and NCR = October 28, 2012

The registration period is from June 12 - July 31, 2012 at different Registration & Testing Center designated by DepEd Regional Offices. For more information, applicant should go to Division Office of DepEd of each city and municipality nationwide.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

English 101: Possessive Form of Nouns

When a noun does not end in s, form the singular and the plural possessive by adding an apostrophe s ('s)

the girl hat = the girl's hat
the lady umbrella = the lady's umbrella
the children books = the children's books
John car = John's car

When a noun ends in s, form the singular possessive by adding an apostrophe s ('s):

the boss desk = the boss's desk
Charles laptop = Charles's laptop

When a noun ends in s, form the plural possessive by adding only an apostrophe ('):

the ladies handbags = the ladies' handbags
the girls umbrellas = the girls' umbrellas

Please note that the possessive is used even when the noun modified is not expressed:


He went to Joey's. ( Joey's house)
Mr Cruz  has an appointment at the dentist's. (dentist's office).

Practice Test

 Choose the correct possessive form of nouns in the following sentences:

1. I buy my clothes at (Santos's, Santos') Store.
2. Bring these flowers to (Charles's, Charles') mother.
3. They sell (ladies's, ladies') handbags.
4. John and (Mary's, Marys') father is in the Philippines.
5. The (Philippines's, Philippines') islands are about 7,100.
6. The librarian keeps all the (childrens', children's) books.
7. Joe cleans the (boss's, boss') chair.
8. The (mice's, mices') tails are cut by a curving knife.
9. Let's go to (Jess's, Jess').
10. I will go to the (doctor's, doctors') this afternoon.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

English 101: Possessive Adjectives

Possessive adjectives are words that modifies a noun by attributing possession or sense of belonging to someone or something. They are also called possessive determiners. Possessive adjectives should agree with the gender or number of the subject.


1. Mario knows his lesson well.
2. I will meet my mother in the station.

3. The boys ride on their bikes.
4. We want our steaks well done.

5. Sheila takes care of her baby sister.

Practice Test:

Supply the following sentences with the correct possessive adjective which refers to the subject of the sentence.

1. Mary always enjoys ______ music.
2. I write a letter to ____ father.
3. The dogs wags ____ tails.
4. Johnny and I do ____ homework together.
5. We like ____ sports.
6. Mr. Santos rides on _____ new motorcycle.
7. You often get good grades on _____ tests.
8. You and I spend a lot of time on _____ school project.
9. The baby tries to get _____ bottle.
10. They meet _____ new teacher in the corridor.