Saturday, June 9, 2012 22 comments

PMR Paper 2 - Section B (Literature)

Some of us are still unclear of what will be tested in PMR Section B - Literature Section. I received the following piece of information from an English meeting/workshop organized by the Sepang District Education Department:

Poems (Form 1, 2 & 3) - Only ONE out of six poems learnt will come out.

Shorts stories - Will NOT be tested.

Drama Will NOT be tested.

Novels (Form 1)Will NOT be tested.

Novels (Form 3) - Only the novels learnt in Form 3 WILL BE TESTED in PMR.

I hope I've cleared up your doubts. Happy learning!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 4 comments

"the" before proper nouns

Do we have to put "the" before proper nouns? No, we do not!

What are proper nouns?

Common Noun
Proper Noun
Kuala Lumpur
SAM Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi
J.K. Rowling

Here's a video clip that further explains common and proper nouns:

Students always mistakenly use "the" before proper nouns. Refer to the following sentences:

Wrong: I want to go to the Kuala Lumpur.
Right:  I want to go to Kuala Lumpur. 

Wrong This book belongs to the Ahmad.
Right This book belongs to Ahmad. 

Wrong Ahmad studies in the SAM Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi.
Right Ahmad studies in SAM Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi. 

Wrong I was born in the Selangor.
Right I was born in Selangor. 

Wrong My favourite author is the J.K. Rowling.
Right My favourite author is J.K. Rowling.

However, there are exceptions where we have to use "the" before proper nouns. For example:
  1. The tourists are from the United States of America.
  2. I would like to further my studies in the United Kingdom.
  3. My father bought a Proton Preve. The Proton Preve is white.

Let's speak and write better English!
Saturday, June 2, 2012 11 comments

"also can" or "can also"

Read the following sentence:
We also can go fishing.

The above sentence is incorrect. "can" or "could" are a modal verbs. The word "also" should come after modal verbs.

Therefore, the correct sentence is:
We can also go fishing.

Let's speak and write better English!