Fe Gomez-Villarruz

Fe Gomez-Villarruz has been a veteran English teacher and former editor of The Capiz Times.

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 […]

More on Subject-Verb Agreement
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 […]

Connected Statements
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, […]

More on Subject-Verb Agreement
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 […]

Reviewing Subject-Verb Agreement
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, […]

Choosing the Right Prepositions
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 […]

Subjunctive Form of the Verb ‘To Be’
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 […]

Review Your Verb Forms
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. […]

‘May be’ vs. ‘Maybe’
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 […]

Common Errors in Written Communication
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 […]

Using Appropriate Words
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 […]

Past and Past Participle Forms of Irregular Verbs
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 […]

Affirmative Sentences vs. Negative Sentences
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 […]