Friday, January 10, 2014

English Proficiency: Free Online Grammar Quiz Sites

Are you currently enrolled in a review center for the International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS) or the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL)?
Being part of review centers for both feels like being a student again. You have one-on-one classes and group classes where discussion on certain topics is encouraged among students. In these English proficiency programs, candidates or students are taught skills, techniques and strategies that are necessary during the actual examination. Aside from these, they will also be given grammar classes. Why grammar?
Grammar is perhaps the most important element in learning the English language. Sentences will not be created without putting the right words together taking into consideration the function of each word if it is a noun, verb, or adjective. Because of grammar, good responses in the speaking section and strong essays for the writing section are possible. Indeed, grammar is something that candidates should work on hard and must not be taken for granted. However, due to the amount of time spent between reviewing and working, it is recommended for candidates to take some online grammar quizzes to hone their skills. Here are some websites online candidates should visit.
1.       Englishpage.com
Englishpage.com is the best in providing explanations most especially on verb tenses. Everybody commits a mistake in writing a sentence with correct verb tense. We have 12 verb tenses in the English language and each have specific function in conveying the meaning of the sentence. In Englishpage.com, the concepts are thoroughly explained with exercises following the lesson.
Here’s a sample from the said website:
November 12, 1997

Today (be)  the second day of my trek around Mount Annapurna. I am exhausted and my legs (shake)  ; I just hope I am able to complete the trek. My feet (kill, really)  me and my toes (bleed) , but I (want, still)  to continue.

Nepal is a fascinating country, but I have a great deal to learn. Everything (be)  so different, and I (try)  to adapt to the new way of life here. I (learn)  a little bit of the language to make communication easier; unfortunately, I (learn, not)  foreign languages quickly. Although I (understand, not)  much yet, I believe that I (improve, gradually) .

After filling the blanks, there is a check button below that once you click it, it will show the percentage of the right answers you have and will leave the wrong ones for you to correct.

2.       English-4u.de
This is a good website too that will practice a candidate on the different parts of speech, verb tenses, voices of verbs and even prepositions. The site is for free so candidates can use the website as many times as they want. It also has a discussion on the topics presented and followed by exercises. Here’s a sample:

Put the sentences into passive voice.

1. They built these houses in 1902.
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2. She bakes a cake every Sunday.
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3. He broke the vase yesterday.
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4. I clean the shoes every Friday.
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5. We wrote the exercise an hour ago.
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3.       www.englisch-hilfen.de
This is another website that offers free grammar exercises. The topics are so varied that they cover almost everything in the English grammar. A good site to practice and it is all free of charge. Here’s a sample:

 Fill in all the gaps with the correct forms of the adjectives.
 
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1)  - longer -
2)  -  - worst
3) modern -  -
4)  -  - nicest
5)  -  - nearest
In English proficiency programs, grammar is highly important and is taught with tremendous and thorough explanation. To be good at grammar, all you need is practice and more exposure on the different exercises found online.

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