Fe Gomez-Villarruz

Ms. Fe Gomez-Villarruz has been a veteran English teacher and edited The Capiz Times for fifteen years.


Jun 12, 2021

“Advance” and “advanced” do not express the same meaning. Thus, they should not be used interchangeably. Choose the appropriate word to complete each sentence. The electric cooperative sent an (advance, advanced notice) three days before the brownout. The president’s (advance, advanced) party came a week before his arrival here. The late Domingo Nolasco was my […]

Jun 05, 2021

AS and LIKE used as prepositions do not express the same meaning. AS expresses the role, function/capacity of a person or thing.Consider the following examples: AS a mother, my friend attends to the basic needs of her children.In this sentence, my friend does a mother’s role. She is the mother. My neighbor earns much AS […]

Jun 05, 2021

The following prepositions are used to express time: about, at, in, on. Choose the appropriate preposition to complete each sentence. The faculty meeting will start (about, at about, at, in) nine o’clock. (precise time) The visitors will arrive (at, about, at about, in) three o’clock tomorrow. (approximate time) Please be here (at, on, in) the […]

May 25, 2021

ENGLISH WITH MA’AM FE Errors are oftentimes committed in the use of words having similarities in spelling or pronunciation, butnot in meaning. Choose the appropriate word to complete each sentence. Children (advice, advise) their parents who are senior citizens to stay at home. Let us listen to the (advice, advise) of good financial managers. We […]

May 24, 2021

Choose the appropriate word/phrase to complete each sentence. My best friend has a pair of shoes (as, like) mine. I prefer green leafy vegetables (as, as if, like) malunggay. The hungry lad ate the chocolate voraciously (as, as if, like) he had never eaten one like it before. The student delivered his speech ( as, […]

May 14, 2021

Errors are oftentimes committed in the use of words having similarities in spelling or pronunciation, but not in meaning. Choose the appropriate word to complete each sentence. Children ( advice, advise) their parents who are senior citizens to stay at home. Let us listen to the (advice, advise) of good financial managers. We treasure the […]

May 01, 2021

Y at the end of a two or three-syllable word takes the long “e”/ short “i” sound as in BABY, EARLY, etc. However, it also takes the long “i” sound as in REPLY, APPLY, BUTTERFLY, etc. Read the following words carefully. Identify the words where Y takes the long “i” sound and also those where […]

Apr 24, 2021

ENGLISH WITH MA’AM FE Choose the appropriate word to complete each sentence. The old man hopes to (breath, breathe) his last with a smile. Take a deep (breath, breathe) to calm your nerves. As long as we ( breath, breathe), we should not lose hope. We can (breath breathe) fresh air along the beach. Can […]

Apr 24, 2021

ENGLISH WITH MA’AM FE IT’S is the contraction of IT and IS and also of IT and HAS. WHO’S is the contraction of WHO and IS and of WHO and HAS. Choose the equivalent of the contractions IT’S and WHO’S in the following sentences: Who’s (Who is, Who has) been calling you? Who’s (Who is, […]

Apr 24, 2021

ENGLISH WITH MA’AM FE HE’S is the contraction of HE and IS and of HE and HAS. SHE’S is the contraction of SHE and IS and also of SHE and HAS. Choose the equivalent of the contractions HE’S and SHE’S in the following sentences. Marjorie Holmes is a famous American writer. She (She has, She […]

Apr 06, 2021

Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. The senior employees or the owner of the food factory (plans, plan) to meet with prospective clients regarding the latest products. Your spouse or your parents (is, are) willing to support your livelihood program for the deaf and mute. Neither you nor I (is, am, are) to […]

Refresher no. 30 on subject-verb agreement: ‘Subjects joined by OR or NOR’
Mar 30, 2021

ENGLISH WITH MA’AM FE Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. The senior employees or the owner of the food factory (plans, plan) to meet with prospective clients regarding thelatest products. Your spouse or your parents (is, are) willing to support your livelihood program for the deaf and mute. Neither you nor I (is, […]

Mar 24, 2021

Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. Capiz and Aklan also (contributes, contribute) much to the development and progress of the Island of Panay. A dog and a cat (has, have) become good friends. The founder and president of the orphanage (finds, find) time to be with the orphans on special occasions. My best […]

Mar 15, 2021

Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. Behind the clouds (is, are) a silver lining. In my drawer (hides, hide) a cockroach. Inside the classroom (is, are) ten students working on their project. At the gate of the subdivision (stands stand) a statue. To the market (goes, go) my friend everyday. In the cave […]

Mar 10, 2021

ENGLISH WITH MA’AM FE Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. This (is, are) the sweetest apple I’ve ever tasted. Those (looks, look) fresher than this one. This (seems, seem) to be the most imposing building in our city. Did you hear me say, “Those (was, were) our unforgettable days in college?” Your simple […]

Mar 08, 2021

Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. This (is, are) the sweetest apple I’ve ever tasted. Those (looks, look) fresher than this one. This (seems, seem) to be the most imposing building in our city. Did you hear me say, “Those (was, were) our unforgettable days in college?” Your simple acts of kindness have […]

Mar 04, 2021

Dependent clauses used as nouns may function as subjectsof sentences. Noun clauses usually begin with any of the following introductory words: WHO, WHETHER, WHOM, WHATEVER, WHEREVER,WHOEVER, WHY, HOW, WHERE, WHAT, WHOM, etc. Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. Whatever my friend’s critics say or do (doesn’t, don’t) bother her anymore. Whoever participates in […]

Mar 03, 2021

ENGLISH WITH MA’AM FE Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. To graduate with honors (is, are) the dream of many hardworking students. To work abroad and to establish a stable family life (becomes, become) an obsession to many young graduates. To publish three books a year (seems, seem) impossible even for a prolific […]

Mar 03, 2021

ENGLISH WITH MA’AM FE Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. If my father (is, was, were) alive today, he would be 122 years old now. If I (am, was, were) you, I would not travel without a trusted companion. My friend would not dare go to crowded places if she (is, was, were) […]

Mar 03, 2021

ENGLISH WITH MA’AM FE Dependent clauses used as nouns may function as subjectsof sentences. Noun clauses usually begin with any of the following introductory words: WHO, WHETHER, WHOM, WHATEVER, WHEREVER,WHOEVER, WHY, HOW, WHERE, WHAT, WHOM, etc. Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. Whatever my friend’s critics say or do (doesn’t, don’t) bother her […]

Mar 01, 2021

Dependent clauses used as nouns may function as subjects of sentences. Noun clauses usually begin with any of the following introductory words: WHO, WHETHER, WHOM, WHATEVER, WHEREVER, WHOEVER, WHY, HOW, WHERE, WHAT, WHOM, etc. Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. Whatever my friend’s critics say or do (doesn’t, don’t ) bother her anymore. […]

Feb 19, 2021

Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. One of the vegetable products that (is, are ) in demand today (comes, come) from our country. One of the buildings that (needs, need) immediate repair (is, are) the parochial school. One of the words commonly mispronounced (is, are) “govern.” Luis is one of my students who […]

Feb 09, 2021

Refresher No. 22 on subject-verb agreement: Gerunds as subjects of sentences. Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. Writing (has become, have become ) a profitable pastime of senior citizens. Shopping (demands, demand) adequate planning nowadays Holding classes online (is, are) the trend worldwide. Working with a person we trust (makes, make) us perform […]

Feb 09, 2021

Refresher no. 21 on subject-verb agreement: ‘Personal pronouns as subjects’ Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. My father is a teacher. He (teaches, teach) in a private school. Your mother is in her nineties but she (looks, look) much younger. I’d like to know why you (looks, look) tired every day. We (expect, […]

Feb 05, 2021

Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. To graduate with honors (is, are) the dream of many hardworking students. To work abroad and to establish a stable family life (becomes, become) an obsession to many young graduates. To publish three books a year (seems, seem) impossible even for a prolific writer. To sing and […]

Jan 16, 2021

Refresher no. 20 on subject-verb agreement:‘Adjectives used as nouns (subject of the sentence)’ Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. The poor (needs, need) the help of the rich. The good (receives, receive) special graces from God. Sometimes the mighty also (experiences, experience) defeat. The gifted (enjoys, enjoy) many privileges in life. The wicked […]

Jan 13, 2021

Refresher no. 16 on subject-verb agreement; on collective nouns. Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. 1. The orchestra (renders, render) a magnificent interpretation of the Visayan song “Ay, Kalisud.” 2. The board (was, were) congratulated for its prompt action on the privileges sought by senior employees of the company. 3. The staff (suggests, […]

Jan 13, 2021

Refresher no. 17 on subject-verb agreement; quantities, time, sums or multiples of numbers. Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. 1. Thirty minutes (is, are) enough time for a senior citizen’s daily exercise. 2. (Is, Are) two months enough for a good vacation? 3. Seven pounds (seems, seem) to be an ideal weight for […]

Jan 13, 2021

Refresher no. 18 on subject-verb agreement; using ‘pair of’ with nouns that are always plural. Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. 1. The shoemaker’s scissors (has, have) to be sharpened regularly. 2. A pair of scissors of good quality (is, are) what I need now. 3. Stylish shorts on display (has, have) caught […]

Jan 13, 2021

Refresher no. 19 on subject-verb agreement: ‘Nouns having the same singular and plural forms’ Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. 1. How many sheep (is, are) raised in the countryside? 2. The boy cried when his pet sheep (was, were) sold to a butcher. 3. That big fish sold by the vendor (looks, […]

Jan 13, 2021

Refresher No. 20 on Subject-Verb Agreement ‘Adjectives Used As Nouns(Subject of the Sentence)’ Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. 1. The poor (needs, need) the help of the rich. 2. The good (receives, receive) special graces from God. 3. Sometimes the mighty also (experiences, experience) defeat. 4. The gifted (enjoys, enjoy) many privileges […]

Jan 08, 2021

Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. How many sheep (is, are) raised in the countryside? The boy cried when his pet sheep (was, were) sold to a butcher. That big fish sold by the vendor (looks, look) fresh. Fish sold in the market (costs, cost) much nowadays. The Chinese (are, is) known for […]

Jan 04, 2021

Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. The shoemaker’s scissors (has, have) to be sharpened regularly. A pair of scissors of good quality (is, are) what I need now. Stylish shorts on display (has, have) caught the attention of many shoppers. There (goes, go) your last pair of outmoded shoes! Two pairs of sturdy […]

Jan 01, 2021

Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. Thirty minutes (is, are) enough time for a senior citizen’s daily exercise. (Is, Are) two months enough for a good vacation? Seven pounds (seems, seem) to be an ideal weight for the newborn. Nowadays, fifty pesos (is, are) hardly enough for a commuter’s daily fare. Ten years […]

Dec 25, 2020

Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. The orchestra (renders, render) a magnificent interpretation of the Visayan song “Ay, Kalisud.” The board (was, were) congratulated for its prompt action on the privileges sought by senior employees of the company. The staff (suggests, suggest) varied activities for their days off. The jury (has, have) given […]

Dec 12, 2020

Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. Here (comes, come) the bride and the groom. Here in this tomb (lies, lie) the matriarch of the clan. There (is, are) a number of typhoon victims in dire need of financial help. There (goes, go) the light of your life. There (was, were) much fun during […]

Dec 05, 2020

Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. “Of Studies” written by Francis Bacon (was, were) published in the 17th century. “The Three Musketeers” of Alexander Dumas (has, have) not been read by many students of the present generation. The United States also (suffers, suffer) because of the setback brought about by C0VID-19. “Three Coins […]

Nov 21, 2020

Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. It is oftentimes said that “many (is, are) called but few are chosen.” Much (has, have) been said about the dignity of the teaching profession Many (goes, go) to work without eating breakfast. It is pathetic that many (doesn’t, don’t) care about the misfortune of others. Much […]

Nov 21, 2020

Choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. The proceeds of the benefit show (was, were) used for the construction of a reading center. The pliers I bought many years ago (is, are) still serviceable. (Is, Are) your scissors sharp or dull? The old man’s pajamas (fits, fit) him well. The goods in my neighbor’s […]

Nov 02, 2020

Choose the correct verb to complete the following sentences. Who says that physics (isn’t aren’t) a difficult subject? Statistics (shows, show) that women dominate the teaching profession. Statistics (becomes, become) boring if the teacher is bookish. Measles (has, have) affected children having no protection from the disease. Billiards (has, have) caught the interest of school […]

Oct 07, 2020

Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. 1. The patients, not the doctor, (is, are) the root cause of the mess in the clinic. 2. Not the manager but his employees (was, were) reprimanded by the president of the corporation. 3. Not the politicians but the school administration (deserves, deserve) full credit for the […]

Oct 02, 2020

Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. 1. The biggest attraction during the fair (was, were) the acrobats. 2. The funny part of the movie (was, were) the kissing scenes. 3. The dances (was, were) the most applauded part of the program. 4. The distinctive feature of the latest cabinet model (is, are) its […]

Sep 29, 2020

Make connected statements out of the following pairs of simple sentences. Fill in the blanks to complete the compound sentences. 1. Panay is a progressive town of Capiz. Pontevedra is a progressive town of Capiz, too. Panay is a progressive town of Capiz, and Pontevedra ____________. Panay is a progressive town of Capiz, and ____ […]

More on Subject-Verb Agreement
Sep 29, 2020

Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. 1. Many a story (has been, have been) written about the deeds of unsung heroes. 2. Every son and daughter (needs, need) parental attention. 3. Everyone in the community (has, have) to observe the health protocol as regards the COVID-19 pandemic. 4. Every student, teacher, school official, […]

Sep 29, 2020

Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence. 1. The boss, together with his subordinates, (goes, go) to work on time. 2. The father, with his children, (plans, plan) to take a break abroad after the Covid-19 pandemic. 3. The treasurer, as well as the board members of the organization, (was, were) commended for efficient […]

Sep 29, 2020

As requested by friends and students, for this issue, we will have this refresher on subject-verb agreement. Foremost, a verb must agree with its subject in person and number. Our failure to observe this basic rule leads to many errors in speech and writing. Choose the correct verb in parentheses. 1. Rice and fish (is, […]

Sep 29, 2020

Complete each sentence by choosing the correct preposition in the parentheses. 1. The customer got angry (with, on) the storekeeper for ignoring his presence. 2. Why are some children angry (with, on) their parents when they don’t get what they want? 3. Many daily wage earners are angry (with, about) the poor living conditions brought […]

Indicative vs. Subjunctive Mood
Sep 29, 2020

In the sentences below, choose the correct form of the verb in the parentheses. 1. We wish our loved ones (are, were) around during this COVID-19 pandemic. 2. Where do you (live, lived)? 3. The teacher demands that the student (tells, tell) the truth about what happened. 4. If the president (was, were) coming, he […]

Sep 29, 2020

Choose the correct form of the verb in parentheses. 1. I wish the cure for COVID-19 (was, were) available here in Capiz. 2. If my mother (was, were) alive today, she would be a hundred years old now. 3. The nursing attendant acts as if she (was, were) the head nurse of the unit. 4. […]

‘Lose’ vs. ‘Loose’
Sep 29, 2020

Confusion also occurs in the usage of “lose” and “loose.” Although both words have the same vowel sound as that of “too’’ and “who,” their final consonant sounds differ. “Lose” has the Z sound while “loose” has that of S. LOSE is always used as a verb. It means “ to fail to keep, maintain […]

Sep 29, 2020

The following exercises call for the correct form of the principal verb. Supply the correct form of the verb in parentheses. 1. My favorite singer has never (undergo) a formal voice lesson. 2. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is (undergo) crises of varying degrees. 3. Have you (hang) your clothes in the closet? 4. […]

Sep 29, 2020

Did you know that there is a big difference between ‘maybe’ and ‘may be’? The single word “maybe” is an adverb. It is synonymous with “perhaps” and “possibly.” For example: MAYBE the doctor is right that your health is dependent on your lifestyle. On the other hand, “may be”, written as two words, is a […]

Sep 29, 2020

Which of the following sentences are correct? Identify and correct the errors in the use of verbs in the past tense. (Unfortunately, many speakers and writers still commit these mistakes.) The employer scolded the erring worker yesterday. The employer did not gave the worker the chance to explain his side. He did not listened to […]

Sep 08, 2020

As observed, a number of common words and expressions are still misused in speech and writing. Choose the appropriate words in the following sentences: Nowadays, parents listen to the (advice, advices) of their children. 2. How many (personnel, personnels) does the Department of Health have? 3. The government disseminates relevant (information, informations) on steps undertaken […]

May 10, 2020

As observed, the past and past participle forms of commonly used irregular verbs pose a major problem in oral and written communication. Complete the following sentences with the correct form of the verb given at the beginning of every sentence. BREAK The strong wind has _________ the window panes. Who _________ the flower vase last […]

Jan 23, 2020

Change these affirmative sentences into negative sentences. Take note that the verbs used are all in the past tense. Farmers harvested their crops on time for the fiesta. My younger brother broke my new lampshade. Monica prepared a sumptuous dinner for her sister’s birthday. I sent an early Christmas gift to my sick neighbor. The […]