WASSCE English Language

5 Simple Ways to Identify an Adjective

Reading Time: 2 minutes With the below points in mind, never again will you find it difficult to identify an adjective in a sentence . The first thing you need to know is that almost any word can perform the function of an adjective in the English sentence. What this means is that it is not only words traditionally …

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4 Effective Reading Skills for a Comprehension Test

Reading Time: 3 minutes It is easier to perform creditably in a reading comprehension or summary test if you have certain effective reading skills. Making Sure You Understand What You Read Comprehension and Summary are major components of most high school level English Language tests. International examinations such as WASSCE, G/ABCE, SAT, IGCSE O-Level or A/AS-Level, and GCSE have …

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How to Avoid Deviation in Essay Writing

Reading Time: 6 minutes Hello! In this article, I give you a practical demonstration of what to do to avoid deviation in your English Essay Writing test. To avoid deviation, you need to analyze your chosen topic first. Do this moments before you begin to write your answer in the composition section of your English Language paper. The points …

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How to Write a High-Quality Argumentative Essay

Reading Time: 5 minutes Let me show you how to compose a really high-grade argumentative essay. Any essay whose main aim is to convince the writer’s audience to accept or at least appreciate her line of thinking on a particular issue must be written just for that purpose. Whether you’re a student preparing to write a test involving argumentative …

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50+ Examples of Homophones

Reading Time: 2 minutes   Let’s talk about homophones.You wouldn’t mind knowing 50+ examples of homophones in English, would you? Quite often, homophones make us get our spellings wrong. That’s how important they are in your English learning. What do you know about homophones in English? I believe that as soon as you get to know some examples of …

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How to Use Metaphor in Your Speech or Writing

Reading Time: 4 minutes The English language has become the world’s number one language of politics, diplomacy, sport, show business, commerce and industry. It is therefore imperative for each one of us living in any part of the world to learn to use metaphor effectively in this international lingua franca. From the Rwandan student in a small town in …

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The Difference Between a Phrase and a Clause

Reading Time: 2 minutes This tutorial is going to show you the basic difference between a phrase and a clause. You will learn how to quickly tell whether a group of words is a phrase or a clause. Here are the pointers to a phrase in a sentence. 1. Two helpful definitions of a phrase could be your starting …

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How to Identify 10 Types of the Adverbial Clause

Reading Time: 4 minutes   Learning to know more about clauses in English can be fun, I’m telling you. Especially when you learn how to identify the various types of the adverbial clause. Just relax and let me show you a simple, direct way to spot an adverbial clause in any sentence. You may also like: How to identify …

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You Need to Determine Your Purpose for Writing That Essay

Reading Time: 5 minutes   In another post, we looked at the first question that every serious student/candidate must ask when confronted with a composition topic: What approach should I adopt in this composition exercise? Am I expected to narrate, describe, discuss, explain, argue or am I expected to use a combination of two or more of these approaches? …

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3 Guidelines for Selecting the Right Essay Question in an Examination

Reading Time: 2 minutes So the D-day has finally arrived and here you are, faced with a number of essay topics from which you must select one or two to write on. To come out smiling with your head held high, and to maximise your score you need to choose wisely. Because if you select a question which is not …

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Top 10 Essential Features of a High-Grade Academic Essay

Reading Time: 3 minutes Here are the essential features of a high-quality academic essay. You would surely want to make these important aspects of an English test essay part of the paper you will be submitting to your invigilator, examiner, tutor, supervisor or lecturer. These major characteristics of a standard English essay are good for you to learn and …

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Top 5 Aspects of a Terribly Bad Essay

Reading Time: 2 minutes Here come the commonest aspects of a bad essay any student or examination candidate would want to avoid. 1. Bad introduction A bad essay begins from the beginning. It starts with a poorly constructed introductory paragraph. It has a purposeless thesis statement or none at all. 2. Poorly developed paragraphs Usually, the writer would have …

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How to Draw a Plan for a Personal Letter in an Examination: Episode One

Reading Time: 2 minutes   Let me be honest with you. It is much easier to write an orderly letter which meets the key requirements of the question when it is written with a draft plan to follow than when it is written without a plan. From my own personal experience, it is a fact that spending just about …

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Three Determiners That Tell You a Group of Words is Most Likely a Noun Phrase

Reading Time: 4 minutes   It is fairly easy to know which group of words qualifies to be given the grammatical name of a noun phrase if you know all the tricks involved. The purpose of this tutorial is to show you one of the most important ways to identify a noun phrase in any English sentence. The secret …

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