Thursday, January 28, 2010


Practice 1

Underline the correct linking words.

1.Remember to look to your left and right (before, until) you cross the street.

2.(Next, First), rub a little ointment on the wound as the third step.

3.The thief was at large for a while. (After, Finally), the police managed to track him down.

4.My house is located just off the main road. (Similarly, However) Hassan’s house is near the main road too.

5.Henry bought a car (in spite of, on the contrary) the fact that cars are very expensive nowadays.

Practice 2

Fill in the blanks with the words in the box. You may use each word more than once.

There later before next then first finally after

Upon arrival at downtown Los Angeles, ______first_________, we checked in at our hotel. _________There______, we were given some time to rest _______after________ our long flight. We were told to meet at the lobby ______later_________ in the evening.

We began out tour of city that evening but ______before_________ we started off, the tour leader made a head count. In the city, we went to all the popular tourist spots. _____There__________ was also a Chinatown in Los Angeles.

The ________next______ morning, we were taken to Disneyland. We spent the whole day ________there______. I found it fascinating. _______there________ was so much to see. I decided to go for the rides.

_______First_______, I went on the roller-coaster. ________Next______, I went on a boat ride. ________Then_______, I took a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. _____Finally__________, when the day ended, I went back to the hotel, richer in terms of experience but poorer in terms of money!

Practice 3

Punctuate the sentences with commas, full stops, question marks and capital letters.

1. My mother went to the shop to get flour, sugar, eggs, and butter to bake a cake.

2. “Why are you making so much noise?” asked puan Aishah.

3. “Excuse me. Could you give me directions to the nearest shopping mall?” asked the stranger.

4. The stadium is packed with spectators, hawkers, players, students, and the police.

5. The storm last night uprooted trees brought down electric poles and flooded many areas.

Practice 4

Rewrite the sentences, inserting the correct punctuation marks.

1. Mother told us not to forget our books, pencils, bags, and raincoats.

2. “It’s going to rain heavily don’t forget to take your umbrella.” said grandmother.

3. Looking at the list. I realised my mother wanted some flour, sugar, salt, two tins of tuna, and some cheese.

4. The teacher had ordered the students to sweep the floor, clean the windows, throw the garbage and shut the door before they went home.

5. “Don’t cheat me!” the old lady shouted to the hawker “I will report you to the police.”

Practice 5

Punctuate the following passage.

Zulkifli was very excited. It was his wedding day. The guests had arrived. They were all dressed in their best clothes. His mother, father and siblings were busy greeting them. He could smell the aroma of food being cooked. The house had an air of gaiety. He smiled as he adjusted his songkok before he left the house.

-Siti Farida Binti Mustapai section 15 (AA)-

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