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English Language and History .com is a collection of two-minute tales drawn from history, myth and fiction. Each tale is accompanied by word games testing grammar and expression, based on textbooks used in British schools from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Subject or Object?
Try writing complete sentences using these nouns as either the subject or the object of a verb.
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Easy Adjectives
Try writing complete sentences using these adjectives in the attributive position.
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Verbs and Nouns
Decide whether a word is a verb or a noun (or both), and compose example sentences.
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Super Colossal
Suggest things or circumstances which are just begging for these adjectives.
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Adjectives are Easy
Try writing complete sentences using these adjectives in the predicative position.
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Opposites
Suggest opposites for these words, and illustrate them with example sentences.
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Prepositions
Find prepositions to follow each of these words.
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Tagged Grammar and Vocabulary (13 posts)
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1 Subject or Object?
Try writing complete sentences using these nouns as either the subject or the object of a verb.
2 Verb or Noun?
Decide whether a word is a verb or a noun (or both), and compose example sentences.
3 Active and Passive
Try writing complete sentences using these verbs in either the active or the passive voice.
4 Prepositions
Find prepositions to follow each of these words.
5 Adjectives are Easy
Try writing complete sentences using these adjectives in the predicative position.
6 Easy Adjectives
Try writing complete sentences using these adjectives in the attributive position.
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7 Put in a Good Word
For each of these things, select the most apposite word of praise.
8 Super Colossal
Suggest things or circumstances which are just begging for these adjectives.
9 Pair Off
Make words like ‘give in’ and ‘switch off’, and then find other words to express their meaning.
10 Undishcovery
Make opposites from these words using prefixes, like lucky → unlucky.
11 Opposites
Suggest opposites for these words, and illustrate them with example sentences.
12 Spinner
Create your own sentences using one or more of the three words given.
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13 Confusables
Show you know the difference between these frequently confused words.

Word Play: Active or Passive?

Use each of the verbs below in either the active or the passive form. Can you use both forms?

Forget. Man. Respect.

New Stories
The only truly global conflict in history began when German troops crossed into Poland in September 1939.
By Richard Cobden
(1804-1865)
Richard Cobden questioned both the wisdom and the motives of politicians who intervene on foreign soil.
To the poor of England, the Worcestershire man gave affordable pots and pans, and to all the world he gave the industrial revolution.
After Louis XIV’s grandson Philip inherited the throne of Spain, the ‘Sun King’ began to entertain dreams of Europe-wide dominion.
New Puzzles
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Try writing complete sentences using these nouns as either the subject or the object of a verb.
Try writing complete sentences using these verbs in either the active or the passive voice.
Polyword ‘Edge’
Make as many words as you can with the letters below. All your words must be at least four letters long, and must also include the highlighted letter. What’s the nine-letter word?

SEE how many words you can make using the letters below. All your words must be at least 4 letters long, and must include the letter (change).

We found commonly used words, plus one 9-letter word. Can you do better?

Use each letter only once. But if there are e.g. two As, you can used them both.

Don’t count proper nouns such as April, Zeus, or Newcastle (pretty much anything that has to be spelled with a capital letter at the start), or acronyms like HMRC.

Don’t just add -S for plurals or third person singular verbs, e.g. CAT → CATS or SPEAK → SPEAKS.

Note: You can find more Polywords and other games on our Nine Lives puzzle page, and most of our stories are accompanied by games with words, grammar and numbers.

More Puzzles
Do you know ‘entertainer’ (7 letters), and ‘distant’ (3 letters)?
Do you know ‘beg’ (7 letters), and ‘a single game in the sport of darts’ (3 letters)?
Do you know ‘pull along behind one’ (3 letters), and ‘self-evident or accepted proposition’ (5 letters)?
Changing one letter at a time, see if you can start with DOOR and finish with STEP.
A word-making game based on the popular board game.
See if you can guess these words letter-by-letter.
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letters game

What is the longest word you can make using these letters?

Press enter or type a space to see feedback on your word.

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numbers game

Work across from the number on the left, applying each arithmetical operation to the previous answer. What’s the final total?

Tip: Click any of the four inner squares to check your running total.

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