English is more than 50% of the coverage of the Civil Service Exams. Most of the exam types are about grammar and correct usage. It is important that you master basic grammar in order to increase your chance of passing the exam.
Below is a review of your knowledge of past, present, and future tenses. We will be discussing verb tenses in detail in the near future, but you can try your stock knowledge for now. Good luck!
Grammar Quiz – Past, Present, Future Tenses
1. Tomorrow evening, I think Gemma is _____ a birthday party.
b.) will attending
c.) is going to attend
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After learning the how to solve discount problems and the strategies how to solve them, it is now your turn to solve discount problems.
Discount Problem Quiz
Solve each problem as fast as you can. You can check your answer by clicking the red + button after each question.
1. You were walking and saw the following sign in a shoe shop. How much is the discount and sale price of a shoes worth Php1600.00?
discount is 640 pesos, sale price is 960 pesos
2. A coffee shop label its 1 cup of frappuccino 10% discount. If 1 cup of frappucino costs Php150, how much will the customer pay upon ordering? » Read more
Articles are basically adjectives. They modify nouns. There are three articles namely a, an, and the. The is used to refer to something specific or particular. It is called a definite article. A and an refer to something non-specific or non-particular. They are called indefinite articles.
* Please give me the newspaper. In this sentence, the speaker refers to only one news paper.
* Please give me a newspaper. In this sentence, there are many news papers. The speaker doesn’t care what newspaper.
* An amateur chess player won the world championship match. In this sentence, an amateur player is a non-specific player; however, the world championship match is a specific championship game.
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There is used for naming a place, a thing, or the existence of something.
* There‘s food on the table.
* I have been there twice.
Their is used to show possession.
* That is their car.
* Their store is located near a mall.
They’re is a contraction of they are.
* I hope they’re safe. (I hope they are safe).
* They’re not attending the party. (They are not attending the party). » Read more
Possessive pronouns and adjectives both show ownership. The difference is that possessive pronouns are usually used after the noun (e.g. mine, yours, hers) while possessive adjectives come before it (e.g. my, your, her). Look at the following examples to see the difference.
Possessive Adjective: The red car is her car.
Possessive Pronoun: The red car is hers.
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Reducing fractions to lowest terms is important in solving problems involving fractions. You need to reduce fractions to lowest terms in order to reduce the large numbers to smaller numbers to ease calculations. In addition, in most exams, answers should be in lowest terms.
You might also want to answer the practice exercises on reducing fractions to lowest terms with complete solutions.
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After learning about prepositions of place, let us now review the correct usage of prepositions of time. The most commonly used prepositions of time are surprisingly the same as propositions of place: at, on, and in. They are used as follows.
1.) At is usually used at precise time: at 7:00 o’clock, at midnight, at bed time, at Christmas, at the end of the week.
2.) In is used for longer periods of time such as months, years, seasons, part of the day and duration. For example, in May, in 2015, in summer, in the evening.
3.) On is used with days and dates. For example, on Monday, on June 21.
Notice that on is usually more precise than in such as “in Friday” and “on Friday evening.” » Read more
The use f preposition of place is one of the most confusing grammar rules, but they are actually quite simple if you know the rules. The most commonly confused preposition of place are in, on and at. Remember the following general rules.
1.) In is usually used to refer to an enclosed place. For example, in a box, in the room, in Japan. Notice that enclosed can mean a very small or very large place.
2.) On is usually used to refer to a surface. Use on when you referring to a thing attached to something. For example on a table, on the board, on the chair.
3.) At is used to refer to a particular point or place. For example, at the bank, at the entrance, at my girl friend’s house. Again, notice that the “point” can be enclosed or not.
There are many prepositions, but these three are the most confusing. » Read more