Latest SPM Model Essays

12 November 2016

Describe an enjoyable weekend you have experienced.

One weekend during last year’s year-end holidays, three cousins of mine from Australia visited my family. They were here from Friday to Sunday. Born and bred in the land of the kangaroo ...(read more)

4 November 2016

The number of elderly people in the world is increasing. What do you think are the positive and negative effects of this trend?

Thanks to the advancement of medical science technology, human beings now enjoy a longer life. Due to the fact that many couples of the world currently prefer quality to ...
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25 October 2016

Describe the most terrifying experience in your life.

The sky was so beautiful. I could see stars glittering and the moon shining mother earth. I was impressed by God's magnum opus. I was enjoying my lovely night and listening to a ...(read more) 

14 October 2016

The Internet is mostly a good thing. Do you agree? Support your opinion.

The Internet is the electricity of the 21st century. Yes, we are so attached to it every day. Indeed, it is one of the greatest inventions of all time. Since it upgrades our lifestyle, I must ...(read more)

7 October 2016

Why are animals important to human beings?

There are a number of reasons why animals are important to human beings. The main reason is that animals benefit us personally, socially and economically ...(read more)

2 October 2016

There is a lack of freedom given to teenagers today. Do you agree?

The majority of teenagers today complain that they are not given sufficient freedom. Despite their complaints, I believe that teenagers are given more than adequate freedom. Since ...(read more)


27 September 2016

Describe an important family celebration and how you felt about it.

Last Saturday, my family had an important celebration. It was my father’s birthday and we celebrated the special occasion by throwing a surprise party for him. A week prior to the party, we ...(read more)


23 September 2016

‘Honesty is the best policy.’ Describe an experience when this was true for you.

The proverb ‘honesty is the best policy’ advises people that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I have always believed in the proverb. When I was about eleven years old, my honesty ...(read more)


20 September 2016

The best things in life are free.

We live in a world that values material goods. However, it is a fact that material goods do not guarantee happiness. The best things in life are free - they are not tangible ...(read more)


18 September 2016

“The Internet is mostly a good thing.” Do you agree? Support your opinion.

The Internet, which became available to the general public in the year 1991, is currently a worldwide phenomenon. In our modern world, most people depend on it so much that it ...(read more)


17 September 2016

‘Truly Malaysian.’ Describe what this means to you.

Being citizens of our beloved country - Malaysia, we should be ‘truly Malaysian’ not only in our feelings but also in our actions. Different Malaysians have ...(read more)


7 September 2016

Why is having good neighbours important?

Neighbours are people who live next door or near to us. If we live in a neighbourhood with good neighbours, we are fortunate and blessed. They can be extremely helpful and make our stay safer ...(read more)


1 September 2016

Describe what makes you happy and explain why.

It is human nature to long for a happy life. Carrying out activities that we enjoy bring us happiness and joy. There are a lot of things that make me happy and the top three are hanging out ...(read more)


26 August 2016

A Road Accident

Every day, we learn about road accidents through coverage in the mass media such as television, radio and newspapers. As we all know, the majority of road accidents are caused by ...
(read more)


23 August 2016

SPM - My Emotions and Advice

The time has come - 2016. This is the year I am going to sit for the national examination, SPM. It is time to be serious, to face the reality and to take the challenge. Let me tell you my ...(read more)


19 August 2016

‘A friend in need is a friend indeed.’ Describe how a friend helped you in difficult time.

The first of May last year is indeed a memorable day for me as it is the day Sarah, my best friend, lent me a helping hand in a difficult time. Since that day was a public holiday, Sarah came to my ...(read more)


17 August 2016

Examinations - good or bad?

Whether we like it or not, examinations are part and parcel of our life. Apparently, most people dislike examinations as they are tedious and a lot of preparation is required. Despite ...(read more)


6 August 2016

Friends / The Qualities of True Friends

Throughout our life, we encounter many people and make friends. But among these hundreds or perhaps thousands of people we meet, only a handful of them are our true friends. So, you ... (read more)


3 July 2016

Social networking has caused a lot of problems. How far do you agree?

Social networking, which is also known as social media, is the use of internet-based applications or websites to make connections with people such as our family and friends. It is now ... (read more)



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13 June 2016

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Latest SPM Model Essays

29 October 2014

Are loyalty and membership cards for shoppers really worth it?

Having loyalty and membership cards seems to be the norm among shoppers nowadays. The cards are one of the efforts of business organisations such as department ... (read more)


27 October 2014

Spending time in shopping centres has become a culture in our country. Do you agree?

In this epoch of rapid development, a myriad of shopping centres have been built. Many of them are still in the process of being built. We cannot deny the fact that they have become ... (read more)


22 October 2014

The simple steps to happiness

There was someone who was seated on a particular side and edge. He pondered over his problems. His poor face brought out emptiness and did not show any tranquility. Where had his ... (read more)


14 October 2014

Are smartphones a necessity?

"Mom, my birthday is approaching. May I ask for something from you and Daddy?" Farah asks her mother. "Of course my dear. What do you want?" "Can you buy me an iPhone 6 ... (read more)


23 September 2014

Tomorrow

I sit in a corner of the prison cell, staring at the small window which was built high up in the wall. Inside the cell, there are only loneliness and silence. I am waiting for the coming of ... (read more)


12 August 2014

Is tuition necessary? Discuss.

Tuition is the act of teaching, especially to people in smaller groups or individuals. It is extremely common among Malaysians, especially primary and secondary students. When ... (read more)


7 August 2014

A perfect life

What do I think a good life is? Wow, what a question. I do not know how to answer that. I guess I would start out by saying that I would want great health, because without being ... (read more)


5 August 2014

My perfect future husband or wife

Whenever I attend weddings and see the adorable pairs of newly-weds, I would wonder how my future wife be like. One thing I can be sure of is that she would not just be any other ... (read more)


4 August 2014

Write a story about being alone.

Last Saturday night, my parents went to their friend's wedding dinner. I wished I could follow them as I hate to be home alone. Unfortunately, only my parents were invited so I could not go ... (read more)


31 July 2014

Beauty

Everybody said that my sister Britney was the beauty of the family. I did not really mind them saying so, as it was apparent. What I did not like was the way they pointed out how unattractive ... (read more)



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17 July 2014

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Latest SPM Model Essays

17 July 2014

Water

I flew over the water, my hand skimming the water's surface. I love the water - it was so much better than our cities up in the sky. The water's surface shone in the sunlight, its cool touch ... (read more)


14 July 2014

Write a story ending with: "... They looked at each other and smiled meaningfully."

Tony sat by the side of the lake, his head in his hands. He sobbed softly, his heart full of misery and regret as he took out a dainty ring. "I miss you so much, Tessa," he whispered as he stroked the ring ... (read more)


10 July 2014

Clothes

I walked into the shopping centre, cool air greeting me. My mother grabbed my arm and started to haul me to the nearest store. I was going to college in a fortnight and my mother thought ... (read more)


8 July 2014

Write a story of an old man returning to his home he left many years ago.

Charles stood at the gate leading to a large mansion. Trees were scattered around the compound and the lawn looked like it had not been swept in a long time. He took a deep ... (read more)


4 July 2014

Write a story beginning with: "The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period..."

The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period and everyone was pretty much still asleep. The teacher rapped his knuckles on his desk, jolting everyone awake. "Teenagers," he ... (read more)


2 July 2014

Write a story ending with: "... Now I realise the value of a true friend."

We sat behind a desk, Professor Painswick yelling at us. "Do you understand what you have to do?" she screamed at us, the chandelier practically shaking with the vibration of her voice. "Yes, ... (read more)


1 July 2014

Home

It was late in the afternoon. My brother Jason and I were on a routine patrol near our base camp. The streets were deserted and there were cars scattered around. Armed with guns, we ... (read more)


30 June 2014

Write a story beginning with: "I could tell by his face that he was angry...

I could tell by his face that he was angry. Vice principal Mr Chaplain slammed his fist onto the desk and looked at us. "Why did you beat up Charles in the cafeteria?" he shouted at ... (read more)



Latest Student's Story

26 June 2014

Memories

It was not like I wanted to be born with power like this. At the same time, it was not that I did not want it. In my family, the ones who had this kind of power were my elder brother, Yi Fang, and me ... (read more)



Latest SPM Model Essays

23 June 2014

Write a story ending with: "... Now I realise the value of a true friend."

It was midday and we were out in the woods making our daily patrol. The forest was quiet as we rode horseback down the path, whispering among ourselves. Eruvan and I headed the group and all of ... (read more)


19 June 2014

Write a story beginning with: "It had been raining all day..."

It had been raining all day. I sat next to the fireplace, my toes curled up and a book in my hands. I was listening to music via my iPod and tapping my toes to the rhythm. I was about to ... (read more)


5 June 2014

Write a story that ends with: "... and so I became a better person."

It was a hot afternoon as the scorching sun was shining brightly in the sky. I was about to take a nap but the heat from the sun was unbearable. I sat on my bed, feeling sleepy. I turned around ... (read more)


2 June 2014

Friends

It all started at boarding school. I was sent to boarding school at the age of 13 in the hope that I would excel in my studies. But I was quiet and always got bullied by older kids. Only one person ... (read more)"


28 May 2014

Write a story beginning with: "Kim was nervous when the door opened..."

Kim was nervous when the door opened. In the doorway stood Zack. Who would have thought that of all the girls, Zack would pick Kim as his dance partner? Kim was red with nervousness ... (read more)


26 May 2014

Write a story with the following title: A Narrow Escape.

"It was a sunny day and a few clouds were seen floating across the blue sky. I had reached 20,000 feet when my friend, Mike, reached me by radio. "Hey Dean, after this test flight, why don't ... (read more)"



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24 May 2014

2013 Paper 1 Section B (Continuous Writing) Essay Questions


Latest SPM Model Essays

23 May 2014

Peace

"Life was perfect. I had a girlfriend, a great family and I was about to enter Harvard University. But then there was a disease outbreak. The human race was almost wiped out as most humans were transformed into zombies. I fled ... (read more)"


20 May 2014

A day I wished had never happened

"It was late at night. James and I were walking in a field near our base camp. The stars were out and suddenly, James covered my eyes with his hands. "Tada!" he said, removing his hands to ... (read more)"


6 May 2014

Write a story that ends with: "... If only I had listened to his/her advice."

"I had never felt so much regret in my whole life. I was standing in a graveyard looking at a headstone. The headstone read 'Marie Sanders. Born 21 May 2040. Died 13 February 2072. No sister was ... (read more)"


2 May 2014

A famous person you admire

"There are many famous people in the world who are in the entertainment line, science field and so on. The person I admire in particular is actor Tom Hiddleston. He was born in ... (read more)"


25 April 2014

Write a story ending with: "If only I had been more careful, that wouldn't have happened."

"It was dark. My partner Jack and I were doing our usual rounds around the palace grounds, talking among ourselves softly. As we walked, I looked around. The night air was still and the palace ... (read more)"


3 April 2014

Memories

"Last December, my family and I went to Pulau Tioman for our holidays. We stayed there for three days. On the first day, we left our house at six in the morning in my father's car and headed for ... (read more)"


18 February 2014

Write a story beginning with: "Is it really you? Where have you been all these years?"

"Is it really you? Where have you been all these years?" I yelled at the guy at the door. He was shuffling his feet nervously and staring at the ground. "Lily, I can explain," he started to say but I ... (read more)



Students' Stories

27 January 2014

Lost love found

"The night was extremely chilly as it had been snowing a lot here in Rome. The lovebirds, Matt and Lily, had just finished watching a romantic film. While their car stopped at the ... (read more)"


Latest SPM Model Essays

23 January 2014

Childhood reminiscences and the present

"When I was at a very young age, I remember playing with the kid next door named Ramlee, the girl from across the street - Tina with her shy little brother, Jonah, who was always tagging along. All ... (read more)"


22 January 2014

Memories

"It happened a few years ago at work. I worked as a physiologist at a Wellness Centre for soldiers in New Jersey, USA. One day, I was assigned to James who had a leg injury from a battle ... (read more)"


13 January 2014

Describe an unforgettable incident that you saw on your way home from school.

"The last period had ended and after bidding the teacher goodbye, our class started to disperse. After mounting my mountain bike, I started pedalling along the concrete path. Soon, I was out ... (read more)"


4 November 2013

Colours

"What do colours mean to you? Colours can express ones' feelings and it can also represent ones' sexual orientation. Colours can determine what type of person ... (read more)"


Write a story ending with: "...They looked at each other and smiled meaningfully."

Janet and Siew Ling were best friends. They loved to do good to other people. Their acts of kindness to others made them happy and gave them satisfaction ... (read more)"



Latest Questions & Answers

1 October 2013

Hello Doctor Grammar, I was assigned by my teacher to complete two essays during the holidays. I have completed one, but I am worried that this essay may be not so good and I wanted to... Yap Choon Meng

"Hello Choon Meng, Thank you for your requests. I have edited your essay. Seen below are your original essay and my explanations (the red text in italics below each paragraph)... (read more)"

22 September 2013

Hi Dr Grammar, I have some questions: What is the difference between 'could' and 'would', and when to use them? Is it before past tense or present tense? Libra Nytestar

"Hi Libra Nytestar, Thanks for your questions. The use of could was explained earlier and I'll repeat it here: The modal verb could is used:... (read more)"

Hi Dr Grammar, I would like to ask you some questions: 1. Should we use 'besides that' or 'beside that' ? 2. If a text or essay is in past tense...

"Hi Herman Lim, 1. Since 'beside' is a preposition to show position, the correct phrase should be besides that. 2. Apart from dialogues, we use the simple present tense when we talk about facts and universal truths... (read more)"

Dear Dr Grammar, Fill in the blanks with correct collective noun: We saw __________ of tigers in Africa. Shruti

"Dear Shruti, Thank you for your request. The right collective nouns for tigers are 'ambush', 'streak' and 'hide'. an ambush of tigers... (read more)"


Latest SPM Model Essay

12 September 2013

My future plans

"Almost everyone in the world has future plans. A person without any plans is likened to a ship sailing the ocean aimlessly without any destinations. Having plans help us know our objectives in life ... (read more)"

8 September 2013

Mobile phones should be allowed in schools. Do you agree?

"Mobile phones are one of the great inventions and high technology items in this modern era. They have become some of the most indispensable objects in our daily life as ... (read more)"


Students' Stories

7 September 2013

An old photograph!

"It was the wettest December I had ever experienced. The torrential rains had ruined my holiday plans as floods continued to wreak havoc in several states. I had pleaded with dad to allow ... (read more)"

6 September 2013

Love keeps a relationship alive

"In the east beyond the city, the sun rose. It resembled a red gold ball. A ray of light shone through the window of my bedroom. I woke up and opened the window. Some birds ... (read more)"


Latest Questions & Answers

31 August 2013

Dear Dr Grammar, Please give me the complete lists of collective nouns for people, animals and things. Thanks. Jacky Chan

"Dear Jacky Chan, Thank you for your request. The lists of collective nouns for people, animals and things are available on this page. The list for animals has just been updated. Though not ... (read more)"

27 August 2013

Dear Dr Grammar, I was or I were? Darcy

"Dear Darcy, Thank you for your question. We use I was and I were in different circumstances. In normal circumstances, we use I was as 'was' is the past tense of the verb / auxiliary verb 'am' ... (read more)"


Latest SPM Model Essays

9 July 2013

Describe an outing with your friends.

Last year during the first semester holidays, I went on an outing with my classmates and best friends, Ariff and Adam. Adam's father won a trip to Penang, which came with a hotel suite stay for ... (read more)"

8 July 2013

Write a story ending with "... I realised that good-hearted people are always there in this world."

"Class, our lesson has almost come to an end. Your homework for today is to do exercise 12 on page 45 of your textbook," said our mathematics teacher, Mdm Wong. Not long after, the ... (read more)"

5 July 2013

Write a story with the following title: Pride Goes Before A Fall.

Having held the interschool storytelling championship for the past three consecutive years, I was the star of my school. When it came to choosing the right candidate to participate in... (read more)"

24 June 2013

Describe the best holiday trip you made

During the last Chinese New Year holidays, my family and I made a trip to Kuala Lumpur. A few months before we went on the trip, my parents booked the air tickets. They also booked a room at ... (read more)"


Latest Questions & Answers

21 June 2013

Hi Dr Grammar, Thank you for answering my questions a few days ago. I would like to ask you some more questions here: I wonder what the difference is between... Jia Sin

"Hi Jia Sin, Thank you for your questions. to play - the infinitive marker to is often used before the base form of a verb to show purpose or intention ... (read more)"


Latest SPM Model Essays

21 June 2013

Write a story ending with: "...How will I explain everything to my father?"

"Son, turn off the computer now and do your revision immediately. Your second terminal exams are approaching," said my father, as he was getting ready for work that morning... (read more)"


Latest Questions & Answers

17 June 2013

Hello Dr Grammar, I'm glad to visit this site. I have found that English312 is great and helpful to me. Thus, I have a question to ask, that is ... Jia Sin

"Hello Jia Sin, I'm glad to know that you find english312.com a great and helpful site. Here are the answers to your questions: Have been / has been is combined with a present participle... (read more)"


Latest SPM Model Essays

21 June 2013

Write a story beginning with: "The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period ..."

"The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period that morning. Our English teacher, Puan Maimunah, greeted us and we greeted her back. Then, the lesson began... (read more)"


Latest Questions & Answers

25 May 2013

Hello Dr Grammar, What is the difference between 'did not' and 'do not'? Can you explain how to use didn't and don't? Thank you. BMA

"Hello BMA, Thank you for your questions. Do is a plural auxiliary verb (singular: does) used with not before a full verb to form negative... (read more)"


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Latest Questions & Answers

9 May 2013

Dear Dr Grammar, I have a question: how to use the words 'can' and 'could'? Thank you. AHTO879

"Hi AHTO879, Thanks for your question. The modal verb 'can' means 'be able to' or 'to know how to do something'. Examples: I can drive well... (read more)"


8 May 2013

Hello Sir, I need to know how to use the word 'omnipotent' in a sentence. Can I use it in essays? is it suitable? Thank you :) Justin

"Hello Justin, Thank you for your questions. The adjective 'omnipotent' carries 2 meanings: (1) (of a deity) having unlimited power and therefore able to do anything. Examples: ... (read more)"


7 May 2013

Dear Dr Grammar, I have a problem using the phrase 'first things first'. Is it true that it can only be used in the first paragraph of an article or something like that? Thank you. Timothy

"Dear Timothy, Thank you for your question. The phrase 'first things first' means 'the more important things should be done or dealt with first'. Examples: ... (read more)"


Latest SPM Model Essays

6 May 2013

Write a story with the following title: A Narrow Escape.

"Billy was extremely overjoyed. He had just got his SPM examination results and he scored straight A's. His parents promised to take him to Taiwan ... (read more)"


30 April 2013

Write a story beginning with: "The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period ..."

"The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period of the school day. After our class had exchanged greetings with our English teacher, Mdm Lucy, ... (read more)"


26 April 2013

Describe the biggest challenge in your life.

"I had a pampered and protected childhood. As the youngest daughter, I was the princess and prima donna of our family ... (read more)"


22 April 2013

A day I wished had never happened.

"Every time I see my pet dog Lucky's picture, I feel sad. I had always wished Lucky good health and longevity. I ... (read more)"


18 April 2013

A day I wished had never happened.

"My eyes are filled with tears as I look at a photo. It is a family photo taken three years ago, showing my parents ... (read more)"


Latest Question & Answer

17 April 2013

Dear Dr Grammar, How do I use "is filled" or "is fulled"? Thank you. Elaine_Ling

"Dear Elaine_Ling, Thank you for your question. The phrase 'is filled' is often used with the preposition 'with'... (read more)"


Latest SPM Model Essays

17 April 2013

Write about a person who has succeeded in life.

"It is lunch hour. A large restaurant located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city is packed with regular customers ... (read more)"


16 April 2013

Write a story ending with: "... Now I realise the value of a true friend."

"I had never taken my studies seriously. In fact, I was the happy-go-lucky type of person. Compared to me, my classmate ... (read more)"

My Pet Dog

"Of all the animals on earth, only human beings keep other animals as pets. Among the various types of animals ... (read more)"


12 April 2013

Write a story ending with: "If only I had been more careful, that wouldn't have happened."

"One Saturday afternoon, I had to babysit my three-year-old little sister. My mother was going out and my father had to work overtime ... (read more)"


11 April 2013

Write a story beginning with: "It had been raining all day ..."

"It had been raining all day and I was feeling bored that evening. As the single child of my family, I had no one to play with. My mother was ironing clothes downstairs and my father ... (read more)"


10 April 2013

Moving into a new house

"We were all very excited and happy when my father announced that we were going to move to a new house located in a new housing estate. My father had wished ... (read more)"


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5 December 2016

Word of the week: nonchalant

Meaning:

behaving in a relaxed and calm manner, often in a way that suggests you are not feeling any anxiety, interest or enthusiasm

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SPM Model Essays

12 November 2016

Title: Describe an enjoyable weekend you have experienced.

"One weekend during last year’s year-end holidays, three cousins of mine from Australia visited my family. They were here from Friday to Sunday. Born and bred in the land of the kangaroo, they had never been to Malaysia. We had a great time with them and took them sightseeing around Kuala ...(read more)"


4 November 2016

Title: The number of elderly people in the world is increasing. What do you think are the positive and negative effects of this trend?

"Thanks to the advancement of medical science technology, human beings now enjoy a longer life. Due to the fact that many couples of the world currently prefer quality to quantity when it comes to the number of children they wish to have, it is not unanticipated that the global population of the ...(read more)"


25 October 2016

Title: Describe the most terrifying experience in your life.

"The sky was so beautiful. I could see stars glittering and the moon shining mother earth. I was impressed by God's magnum opus. I was enjoying my lovely night and listening to a charming piece of English music when all of a sudden, my happy night turned the other way round. I heard ...(read more)"  


14 October 2016

Title: “The Internet is mostly a good thing.” Do you agree? Support your opinion.

"The Internet is the electricity of the 21st century. Yes, we are so attached to it every day. Indeed, it is one of the greatest inventions of all time. Since it upgrades our lifestyle, I must say that the Internet is mostly a good thing. Firstly, the biggest advantage of the Internet is its role as a ...(read more)"


7 October 2016

Title: Why are animals important to human beings?

"There are a number of reasons why animals are important to human beings. The main reason is that animals benefit us personally, socially and economically. Since the time of our cavemen ancestors, there have been interactions between humans and animals. Animals can be our ...(read more)"


2 October 2016

Title: There is a lack of freedom given to teenagers today. Do you agree?

"The majority of teenagers today complain that they are not given sufficient freedom. Despite their complaints, I believe that teenagers are given more than adequate freedom. Since teenagers are still dependent on their parents, too much freedom can be bad for them. There are many ...(read more)"


27 September 2016

Title: Describe an important family celebration and how you felt about it.

"Last Saturday, my family had an important celebration. It was my father’s birthday and we celebrated the special occasion by throwing a surprise party for him. A week prior to the party, we secretly invited our relatives and my father’s friends to the party. In the afternoon of my father’s ...(read more)"


23 September 2016

Title: ‘Honesty is the best policy.’ Describe an experience when this was true for you.

"The proverb ‘honesty is the best policy’ advises people that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I have always believed in the proverb. When I was about eleven years old, my honesty saved two friends’ lives. Charlotte has been my best friend since we were very young. We are extremely ...(read more)"


20 September 2016

Title: The best things in life are free.

"We live in a world that values material goods. However, it is a fact that material goods do not guarantee happiness. The best things in life are free - they are not tangible goods such as silver, gold and diamonds. Neither are they the gadgets that we fancy. There are a few best things in ...(read more)"


18 September 2016

Title: “The Internet is mostly a good thing.” Do you agree? Support your opinion.

"The Internet, which became available to the general public in the year 1991, is currently a worldwide phenomenon. In our modern world, most people depend on it so much that it would be extremely difficult to live without it. Hence, I do agree that the Internet is mostly a good thing ...(read more)"


17 September 2016

Title: ‘Truly Malaysian.’ Describe what this means to you.

"Being citizens of our beloved country - Malaysia, we should be ‘truly Malaysian’ not only in our feelings but also in our actions. Different Malaysians have different opinions regarding the meaning of ‘truly Malaysian’. To me, being ‘truly Malaysian’ means portraying the Malaysian spirit ...(read more)"


7 September 2016

Title: Why is having good neighbours important?

"Neighbours are people who live next door or near to us. If we live in a neighbourhood with good neighbours, we are fortunate and blessed. They can be extremely helpful and make our stay in the neighbourhood safer and more enjoyable. I am lucky to live in a neighbourhood with mostly ...(read more)"


1 September 2016

Title: Describe what makes you happy and explain why.

"It is human nature to long for a happy life. Carrying out activities that we enjoy bring us happiness and joy. There are a lot of things that make me happy and the top three are hanging out with my family and friends, reading and spending time with my pet cat Ginger. I come from a ... (read more)"


26 August 2016

Title: A Road Accident

"Every day, we learn about road accidents through coverage in the mass media such as television, radio and newspapers. As we all know, the majority of road accidents are caused by reckless drivers and not by faulty vehicles. Last Thursday, while I was walking home from ... (read more)"


23 August 2016

Title: SPM - My Emotions and Advice

"The time has come - 2016. This is the year I am going to sit for the national examination, SPM. It is time to be serious, to face the reality and to take the challenge. Let me tell you my feelings as the SPM examination date gets nearer and nearer. I have been suffering from loads of ... (read more)"


19 August 2016

Title: ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed.’ Describe how a friend helped you in difficult time.

"The first of May last year is indeed a memorable day for me as it is the day Sarah, my best friend, lent me a helping hand in a difficult time. Since that day was a public holiday, Sarah came to my house so that we could do our geography project together. As the saying goes, ‘two heads ... (read more)"


17 August 2016

Title: Examinations - good or bad?

"Whether we like it or not, examinations are part and parcel of our life. Apparently, most people dislike examinations as they are tedious and a lot of preparation is required. Despite the fact, I believe that examinations are actually good for us due to a number of reasons. First of all, ... (read more)"


6 August 2016

Title: Friends / The Qualities of True Friends

"Throughout our life, we will encounter many people and make friends. But among these hundreds or perhaps thousands of people we meet, only a handful of them are our true friends. So, you might ask, what are the qualities that true friends should possess? First of all, true ... (read more)"


3 July 2016

Title: Social networking has caused a lot of problems. How far do you agree?

"Social networking, which is also known as social media, is the use of internet-based applications or websites to make connections with people such as our family and friends. It is now becoming an important part of our lives. In order to keep pace with the advancement of ... (read more)"


29 October 2014

Title: Are loyalty and membership cards for shoppers really worth it?

"Having loyalty and membership cards seems to be the norm among shoppers nowadays. The cards are one of the efforts of business organisations such as department stores and hypermarkets to attract consumers. It is also intended as a way to offer rewards ... (read more)"


27 October 2014

Title: Spending time in shopping centres has become a culture in our country. Do you agree?

"In this epoch of rapid development, a myriad of shopping centres have been built. Many of them are still in the process of being built. We cannot deny the fact that they have become quite an indispensable part of today's generations. Many people prefer to spend time in ... (read more)"


22 October 2014

Title: Are smartphones a necessity?

"There was someone who was seated on a particular side and edge. He pondered over his problems. His poor face brought out emptiness and did not show any tranquility. Where had his happiness gone? Happiness. It is a very simple word but has a profound meaning. Every ... (read more)"


14 October 2014

Title: Are smartphones a necessity?

"Mom, my birthday is approaching. May I ask for something from you and Daddy?" Farah asks her mother. "Of course my dear. What do you want?" "Can you buy me an iPhone 6 as my birthday gift?" Well, it is not uncommon for teenagers today to ask for something ... (read more)"


23 September 2014

Title: Tomorrow

"I sit in a corner of the prison cell, staring at the small window which was built high up in the wall. Inside the cell, there are only loneliness and silence. I am waiting for the coming of tomorrow. Feeling miserable and remorseful, I close my eyes, crying silent tears. I begin to ... (read more)"


12 August 2014

Title: Is tuition necessary? Discuss.

"Tuition is the act of teaching, especially to people in smaller groups or individuals. It is extremely common among Malaysians, especially primary and secondary students. When asked if tuition is really necessary, different people have different opinions. From my point ... (read more)"


5 August 2014

Title: My perfect future husband or wife

"Whenever I attend weddings and see the adorable pairs of newly-weds, I would wonder how my future wife be like. One thing I can be sure of is that she would not just be any other woman. There are certain qualities that I would like her to have. She should be of medium ... (read more)"


4 August 2014

Title: Write a story about being alone.

"Last Saturday night, my parents went to their friend's wedding dinner. I wished I could follow them as I hate to be home alone. Unfortunately, only my parents were invited so I could not go. Before leaving the house, my parents comforted me and told me that they would come ... (read more)"


31 July 2014

Title: Beauty

"Everybody said that my sister Britney was the beauty of the family. I did not really mind them saying so, as it was apparent. What I did not like was the way they pointed out how unattractive I was. "Is Britney really your sister?" they would exclaim. "It's incredible - you don't ... (read more)"



Star Writer

17 June 2014

Abigail Shannon Chua



SPM Model Essays

17 July 2014

Title: Water

"I flew over the water, my hand skimming the water's surface. I love the water - it was so much better than our cities up in the sky. The water's surface shone in the sunlight, its cool touch greeting my hand. I sighed as I rose up high and plunged, stopping just before I hit the ... (read more)"


14 July 2014

Title: Write a story ending with: "... They looked at each other and smiled meaningfully."

"Tony sat by the side of the lake, his head in his hands. He sobbed softly, his heart full of misery and regret as he took out a dainty ring. "I miss you so much, Tessa," he whispered as he stroked the ring. The lake used to be their favourite spot when Tessa was still alive. While he ... (read more)"


10 July 2014

Title: Clothes

"I walked into the shopping centre, cool air greeting me. My mother grabbed my arm and started to haul me to the nearest store. I was going to college in a fortnight and my mother thought that I should at least get some decent college clothes. She pulled jeans and shirts ... (read more)"


8 July 2014

Title: Write a story of an old man returning to his home he left many years ago.

"Charles stood at the gate leading to a large mansion. Trees were scattered around the compound and the lawn looked like it had not been swept in a long time. He took a deep breath and pushed the gate, opening them with a rusty screech. He crunched across the dried ... (read more)"


4 July 2014

Title: Write a story beginning with: "The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period..."

"The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period and everyone was pretty much still asleep. The teacher rapped his knuckles on his desk, jolting everyone awake. "Teenagers," he said as he began to write notes on the board. I groaned and took out my ... (read more)"


2 July 2014

Title: Write a story ending with: "... Now I realise the value of a true friend."

"We sat behind a desk, Professor Painswick yelling at us. "Do you understand what you have to do?" she screamed at us, the chandelier practically shaking with the vibration of her voice. "Yes, professor," we answered dully as I was staring down at my feet. We had ... (read more)"


1 July 2014

Title: Home

"It was late in the afternoon. My brother Jason and I were on a routine patrol near our base camp. The streets were deserted and there were cars scattered around. Armed with guns, we were scanning the area for any signs of activity. It had been almost three years since the ... (read more)"


30 June 2014

Title: Write a story beginning with: "I could tell by his face that he was angry..."

"I could tell by his face that he was angry. Vice principal Mr Chaplain slammed his fist onto the desk and looked at us. "Why did you beat up Charles in the cafeteria?" he shouted at me. "I've told you already. He started the fight. He insulted Tessa and I tried to ... (read more)"



Student's Story

26 June 2014

Title: Memories

"It was not like I wanted to be born with power like this. At the same time, it was not that I did not want it. In my family, the ones who had this kind of power were my elder brother, Yi Fang, and me. He is the only sibling who loves me dearly, unlike my other siblings. I am the ... (read more)"



SPM Model Essays

23 June 2014

Title: Write a story ending with: "... Now I realise the value of a true friend."

"It was midday and we were out in the woods making our daily patrol. The forest was quiet as we rode horseback down the path, whispering among ourselves. Eruvan and I headed the group and all of us were armed with bows and arrows. "This routine patrol is so boring," ... (read more)"


19 June 2014

Title: Write a story beginning with: "It had been raining all day ..."

"It had been raining all day. I sat next to the fireplace, my toes curled up and a book in my hands. I was listening to music via my iPod and tapping my toes to the rhythm. I was about to nod off to sleep when someone banged on the door. I grumbled as I tore off my ... (read more)"


5 June 2014

Title: Write a story that ends with: "... and so I became a better person."

"It was a hot afternoon as the scorching sun was shining brightly in the sky. I was about to take a nap but the heat from the sun was unbearable. I sat on my bed, feeling sleepy. I turned around and looked at my study table. It was in a mess. Books and stationery were strewn ... (read more)"


2 June 2014

Title: Friends

"It all started at boarding school. I was sent to boarding school at the age of 13 in the hope that I would excel in my studies. But I was quiet and always got bullied by older kids. Only one person stood up for me: Sam Berenson. We became best friends and later, we went to ... (read more)"


28 May 2014

Title: Write a story beginning with: "Kim was nervous when the door opened..."

"Kim was nervous when the door opened. In the doorway stood Zack. Who would have thought that of all the girls, Zack would pick Kim as his dance partner? Kim was red with nervousness and her nails dug into her palms. She was wearing a long dark blue dress and curly ... (read more)"


26 May 2014

Title: Write a story with the following title: 'A Narrow Escape'.

"It was a sunny day and a few clouds were seen floating across the blue sky. I had reached 20,000 feet when my friend, Mike, reached me by radio. "Hey Dean, after this test flight, why don't we take the girls out for dinner?" he said. Mike and I are the test pilots for a jet- ... (read more)"



SPM English 1119 Past Year Papers

24 May 2014

2013 Paper 1 Section B (Continuous Writing) Essay Questions



SPM Model Essays

23 May 2014

Title: Peace

"Life was perfect. I had a girlfriend, a great family and I was about to enter Harvard University. But then there was a disease outbreak. The human race was almost wiped out as most humans were transformed into zombies. I fled with my family and my girlfriend, Jean, to ... (read more)"


20 May 2014

Title: A day I wished had never happened

"It was late at night. James and I were walking in a field near our base camp. The stars were out and suddenly, James covered my eyes with his hands. "Tada!" he said, removing his hands to reveal a small candlelit picnic table. "Oh, James, that's so sweet of you!" I said ... (read more)"


6 May 2014

Title: Write a story that ends with: "... If only I had listened to his/her advice."

"I had never felt so much regret in my whole life. I was standing in a graveyard looking at a headstone. The headstone read 'Marie Sanders. Born 21 May 2040. Died 13 February 2072. No sister was ever so loved and deeply missed.' I laid down a bouquet of flowers I ... (read more)"


2 May 2014

Title: A famous person you admire

"There are many famous people in the world who are in the entertainment line, science field and so on. The person I admire in particular is actor Tom Hiddleston. He was born in Westminster, London, as the middle child with two sisters. Tom Hiddleston is best known for his role as ... (read more)"


25 April 2014

Title: Write a story ending with: "If only I had been more careful, that wouldn't have happened."

"It was dark. My partner Jack and I were doing our usual rounds around the palace grounds, talking among ourselves softly. As we walked, I looked around. The night air was still and the palace grounds were deserted. "I'm thinking of going to the tavern to ease up ... (read more)"


4 April 2014

Title: Memories

"Last December, my family and I went to Pulau Tioman for our holidays. We stayed there for three days. On the first day, we left our house at six in the morning in my father's car and headed for the jetty. As we arrived quite early at the jetty, we decided to have our breakfast ... (read more)"


18 February 2014

Title: Write a story beginning with: "Is it really you? Where have you been all these years?"

"Is it really you? Where have you been all these years?" I yelled at the guy at the door. He was shuffling his feet nervously and staring at the ground. "Lily, I can explain," he started to say but I interrupted. "You disappeared into thin air for 3 years and I didn't hear ... (read more)"



Students' Stories

27 January 2014

Title: Lost love found

"The night was extremely chilly as it had been snowing a lot here in Rome. The lovebirds, Matt and Lily, had just finished watching a romantic film. While their car stopped at the traffic lights, Matt held Lily's hands. Suddenly, a lorry rammed into the back of their car ... (read more)"



SPM Model Essays

23 January 2014

Title: Childhood reminiscences and the present

"When I was at a very young age, I remember playing with the kid next door named Ramlee, the girl from across the street - Tina with her shy little brother, Jonah, who was always tagging along. All of us lived in the same neighbourhood. All of the residents knew each other ... (read more)"


22 January 2014

Title: Memories

"It happened a few years ago at work. I worked as a physiologist at a Wellness Centre for soldiers in New Jersey, USA. One day, I was assigned to James who had a leg injury from a battle in Afghanistan. At first, we just talked to each other about normal casual stuff but ... (read more)"


13 January 2014

Title: Describe an unforgettable incident that you saw on your way home from school.

"The last period had ended and after bidding the teacher goodbye, our class started to disperse. After mounting my mountain bike, I started pedalling along the concrete path. Soon, I was out of my school. It was a sunny afternoon and I could feel the heat of the sun on ... (read more)"


4 November 2013

Title: Colours

"What do colours mean to you? Colours can express ones' feelings and it can also represent ones' sexual orientation. Colours can determine what type of person you are. Besides making a room look spacious, colours can also make you feel energised. That is what colours mean ... (read more)"


Title: Write a story ending with: "...They looked at each other and smiled meaningfully."

"Janet and Siew Ling were best friends. They loved to do good to other people. Their acts of kindness to others made them happy and gave them satisfaction. One day, while on their way to an orphanage to work as volunteers, they saw an old lady by the roadside. As she ... (read more)"



Questions & Answers

1 October 2013

Yap Choon Meng's Questions:

Hello Doctor Grammar,

I was assigned by my teacher to complete two essays during the holidays. I have completed one, but I am worried that this essay may be not so good and I wanted to make an improvement on it. This essay is quite long, about 800 words. So could you check and edit my essay before I hand it in to my teacher? If you could, please tell me the mistakes I have made.

Yap Choon Meng


Dr Grammar's Answers:

Hello Choon Meng,

Thank you for your request.

I have edited your essay. Seen below are your original essay and my explanations (the red text in italics below each paragraph):

Write a story ending with "I noticed a single drop of tear flowing down her cheek...".

'I have never imagined how drugs can be that powerful. So powerful that it can even shatter a person's future whose suppose to be a bright one into pieces. And so it happens in the case of a girl in my school.'

Here, we're talking the misuse of drugs. So, it's better to replace drugs with the misuse of drugs. The adjective powerful is acceptable, but destructive is better, since the drugs almost destroyed Maria. In the second sentence, the relative pronoun refers to Maria's future and not Maria. So, which should be used instead of whose... (read more)



22 September 2013

Libra Nytestar's Questions:

Hi Dr Grammar,

I have some questions:

What is the difference between 'could' and 'would', and when to use them? Is it before past tense or present tense?

Libra Nytestar


Dr Grammar's Answers:

Hi Libra Nytestar,

Thanks for your questions. The use of could was explained earlier and I'll repeat it here:

The modal verb could is used:

(1) as the past tense of 'can'.

Examples:

I could answer all the questions in the test this morning... (read more)



Herman Lim's Questions:

Hi Dr Grammar,

I would like to ask you some questions:

1. Should we use 'besides that' or 'beside that' ?

2. If a text or essay is in the past tense, under what conditions must the present tense be used? (For example, we can use the present tense when writing dialogues.)

Herman Lim


Dr Grammar's Answers:

Dear Herman Lim,

Thank you for your questions.

1. Since 'beside' is a preposition to show position, the correct phrase should be besides that.

2. Apart from dialogues, we use the simple present tense when we talk about facts and universal truths.

Examples:

(A) During the last weekend, my family and I visited Kuala Lumpur. As the federal capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is also the largest and most populous city in the country. It covers an area of 243 square kilometers. We went there... (read more)



Shruti's Questions

Dear Dr Grammar,

Fill in the blanks with correct collective noun:

We saw __________ of tigers in Africa.

Shruti


Dr Grammar's Answers:

Dear Shruti,

The right collective nouns for tigers are 'ambush', 'streak' and 'hide'.

an ambush of tigers... (read more)



SPM Model Essays

12 September 2013

Title: My future plans

"Almost everyone in the world has future plans. A person without any plans is likened to a ship sailing the ocean aimlessly without any destinations. Having plans help us know our objectives in life and this can help us realise our dreams more effectively. Like most ... (read more)"



8 September 2013

Title: Mobile phones should be allowed in schools. Do you agree?

"Mobile phones are one of the great inventions and high technology items in this modern era. They have become some of the most indispensable objects in our daily life as technology becomes more and more advanced. Nowadays, most people from teenagers to the elderly ... (read more)"



Students' Stories

7 September 2013

Title: An old photograph!

"It was the wettest December I had ever experienced. The torrential rains had ruined my holiday plans as floods continued to wreak havoc in several states. I had pleaded with dad to allow me to go to the east coast with my friends but he had been unyielding. The thought of having ... (read more)"


6 September 2013

Title: Love keeps a relationship alive

"In the east beyond the city, the sun rose. It resembled a red gold ball. A ray of light shone through the window of my bedroom. I woke up and opened the window. Some birds could be seen carrying out their daily routine energetically. It was the day that I had to move ... (read more)"


Questions & Answers

31 August 2013

Jacky Chan's Question:

Dear Dr Grammar,

Please give me the complete lists of collective nouns for people, animals and things.

Thanks.

Jacky Chan


Dr Grammar's Answers:

Dear Jacky Chan,

Thank you for your request.

The lists of collective nouns for people, animals and things are available on this page. The list for animals has just been updated. Though not 100 percent complete, you can find those that are most commonly used... (read more)"


27 August 2013

Darcy's Question:

Dear Dr Grammar,

I was or I were?

Darcy


Dr Grammar's Answers:

Dear Darcy,

Thank you for your question.

We use I was and I were in different circumstances.

In normal circumstances, we use I was as 'was' is the past tense of the verb / auxiliary verb 'am'.

Examples:

I was home yesterday morning.

I was shopping when I met Julie last week.

I was late for the meeting because I was stuck in a traffic jam for quite some time ... (read more)"



SPM Model Essays

9 July 2013

Title: Describe an outing with your friends.

"Last year during the first semester holidays, I went on an outing with my classmates and best friends, Ariff and Adam. Adam's father won a trip to Penang, which came with a hotel suite stay for three people for two nights. As he was busy with his work, he decided to let us ... (read more)"


8 July 2013

Title: Write a story ending with "... I realised that good-hearted people are always there in this world."

"Class, our lesson has almost come to an end. Your homework for today is to do exercise 12 on page 45 of your textbook," said our mathematics teacher, Mdm Wong. Not long after, the school bell rang. After bidding farewell to our teacher, the class dispersed. As it was ... (read more)"


5 July 2013

Title: Write a story with the following title: 'Pride Goes Before A Fall'.

"Having held the interschool storytelling championship for the past three consecutive years, I was the star of my school. When it came to choosing the right candidate to participate in such competitions, I was always the first choice. Naturally, I was once again selected to ... (read more)"


24 June 2013

Title: Describe the best holiday trip you made

"During the last Chinese New Year holidays, my family and I made a trip to Kuala Lumpur. A few months before we went on the trip, my parents booked the air tickets. They also booked a room at the Swiss Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. In the morning that we were supposed ... (read more)"



Questions & Answers

21 June 2013

Jia Sin's Questions:

Hello Dr Grammar,

Thank you for answering my questions a few days ago. I would like to ask you some more questions here:

I wonder what the difference is between:

1) to play and to playing

2) to be and to being

3) welcome and welcomed

Jia Sin


Dr Grammar's Answers:

Hi Jia Sin,

Thank you for your questions.

1) to play and to playing

to play - the infinitive marker to is often used before the base form of a verb to show purpose or intention. Here, the purpose is 'play'.

Examples:

I like to play basketball.

The children love to play in the playground.

Do you want to play a game?

Since it is raining, Steven and his sister have to play inside today.


He is going to play me a tune on his harmonica. ... (read more)"



SPM Model Essays

21 June 2013

Title: Write a story ending with: "... How will I explain everything to my father?"

"Son, turn off the computer now and do your revision immediately. Your second terminal exams are approaching," said my father, as he was getting ready for work that morning. Although I did obey him and do as he said, I was as stubborn as a donkey. As soon as he left ... (read more)"



Questions & Answers

17 June 2013

Jia Sin's Questions:

Hello Dr Grammar,

I'm glad to visit this site. I have found that English312 is great and helpful to me. Thus, I have a question to ask, that is, when to use 'have been' and 'had been'? Another question is, when to use 'I have had to'?

Hope to see your reply soon, thank you.

Jia Sin


Dr Grammar's Answers:

Hello Jia Sin,

I'm glad to know that you find english312.com a great and helpful site.

Here are the answers to your questions:

Have been / has been is combined with a present participle (words ending with an '-ing', such as 'playing', 'reading', 'watching', 'cooking', etc.) to form the present perfect continuous tense.

have been / has been + present participle = present perfect continuous tense

e.g.

have been playing

have been reading

has been watching

has been cooking ... (read more)"



SPM Model Essays

26 May 2013

Title: Write a story beginning with: "The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period ..."

"The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period that morning. Our English teacher, Puan Maimunah, greeted us and we greeted her back. Then, the lesson began. While Puan Maimunah was teaching, all of a sudden, there was a loud scream coming from the ... (read more)"



Questions & Answers

25 May 2013

BMA's Questions:

Hello Dr Grammar,

What is the difference between 'did not' and 'do not'? Can you explain how to use didn't and don't? Thank you.

BMA


Dr Grammar's Answer:

Hello BMA,

Thank you for your questions.

Do is a plural auxiliary verb (singular: does) used with not before a full verb to form negative sentences.

do + not + verb = negative sentence

e.g. do not wash, do not read, do not run, etc.

Examples:

They do not go to church on weekdays. ... (read more)"



SPM English 1119

21 May 2013

Tips for scoring high marks in examinations

Marking band for SPM English 1119 Paper 1, Section B: Continuous Writing

17 May 2013

SPM English 1119

SPM English 1119 Past Year Papers


Questions & Answers

9 May 2013

AHTO879's Question:

Dear Dr Grammar,

I have a question: how to use the words 'can' and 'could'?

Thank you.

AHTO879


Dr Grammar's Answer:

Hi AHTO879,

Thanks for your question. The modal verb 'can' means 'be able to' or 'to know how to do something'.

Examples:

I can drive well.

Ducks can swim.

Veronica can speak German fluently. ... (read more)"



8 May 2013

Justin's Question:

Hello Sir,

I need to know how to use the word 'omnipotent' in a sentence.

Can I use it in essays? is it suitable?

Thank you :)

Justin


Dr Grammar's Answer:

Dear Justin,

Thank you for your question. The adjective 'omnipotent' carries 2 meanings:

(1) (of a deity) having unlimited power and therefore able to do anything.

Examples:

According to Mr Brown, he and his family worship an omnipotent ... (read more)"



7 May 2013

Timothy's Question:

Dear Dr Grammar,

I have a problem using the phrase 'first things first'. Is it true that it can only be used in the first paragraph of an article or something like that?

Thank you.

Timothy


Dr Grammar's Answer:

Dear Timothy,

Thank you for your question. The phrase 'first things first' means 'the more important things should be done or dealt with first'.

Examples:

(1) First things first - let's finish our homework before ... (read more)"



SPM Model Essays

6 May 2013
Title: Write a story with the following title: "A Narrow Escape".

"Billy was extremely overjoyed. He had just got his SPM examination results and he scored straight A's. His parents promised to take him to Taiwan for holidays if he passed the public examination with flying colours. Billy's parents kept their promise. A week later, they were ... (read more)"


30 April 2013
Title: Write a story beginning with: "The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period ..."

"The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period of the school day. After our class had exchanged greetings with our English teacher, Mdm Lucy, we started our lesson. While the class was going on, all of a sudden, there was a blackout. We heard the ... (read more)"


26 April 2013
Title: Describe the biggest challenge in your life.

"I had a pampered and protected childhood. As the youngest daughter, I was the princess and prima donna of our family. I usually got what I wanted, much to the envy of my two brothers and a sister. When I was ten years of age, I had an illness with strange symptoms ... (read more)"


22 April 2013
Title: A day I wished had never happened.

"Every time I see my pet dog Lucky's picture, I feel sad. I had always wished Lucky good health and longevity. I did not want him to leave me but it happened accidentally about six months ago. It was a windy evening in my housing estate. A lot of people came out of their ... (read more)"


18 April 2013
Title: A day I wished had never happened.

"My eyes are filled with tears as I look at a photo. It is a family photo taken three years ago, showing my parents, my younger brother Alex and myself having fun while we were having a picnic at a beach. I used to have a warm and happy family but now I am left with only memories ... (read more)"


Questions & Answers

17 April 2013

Elaine_Ling's Question:

Dear Dr Grammar,

How do I use "is filled" or "is fulled"?

Thank you.

Elaine_Ling


Dr Grammar's Answer:

Dear Elaine_Ling,

Thank you for your question.

The phrase 'is filled' is often used with the preposition 'with', making it 'is filled with'.

(1) The phrase 'is filled with' means ... (read more)"



SPM Model Essays

17 April 2013
Title: Write about a person who has succeeded in life.

"It is lunch hour. A large restaurant located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city is packed with regular customers. Waiters and waitresses are busy serving the customers. Outside the restaurant, the owner of the restaurant is seen arriving in a luxury car. After parking ... (read more)"


16 April 2013
Title: Write a story ending with: "... Now I realise the value of a true friend."

"I had never taken my studies seriously. In fact, I was the happy-go-lucky type of person. Compared to me, my classmate, Ming Wei, was exactly the opposite. He was quiet and serious in his studies. Thus it was not surprising that he often performed well academically ... (read more)"

Title: My Pet Dog

"Of all the animals on earth, only human beings keep other animals as pets. Among the various types of animals, the dog is the most popular animal kept as a pet. Like many other people, I keep a pet too. It is a male dog named Lucky. I got this dog when ... (read more)"


12 April 2013
Title: Write a story ending with: "If only I had been more careful, that wouldn't have happened."

"One Saturday afternoon, I had to babysit my three-year-old little sister. My mother was going out and my father had to work overtime. My little sister, Angie, was cute and witty. She had a pair of large sparkling eyes and a pretty face. She was hyperactive and loved to play ... (read more)"


11 April 2013
Title: Write a story beginning with: "It had been raining all day ..."

"It had been raining all day and I was feeling bored that evening. As the single child of my family, I had no one to play with. My mother was ironing clothes downstairs and my father was away at work. To relieve my boredom, I sneaked into my father's study, which was ... (read more)"


10 April 2013
Title: Moving into a new house

"We were all very excited and happy when my father announced that we were going to move to a new house located in a new housing estate. My father had wished to buy a new house for a long time. After saving his money for a few years, he managed to save enough to make a down payment ... (read more)"


4 April 2013
Title: Describe an unforgettable incident that you saw on your way home from school.

"It was a hot afternoon and the heat from the scorching sun was quite unbearable. I was cycling home from school after arranging the books in the school library as I was a librarian. The road was quiet. I felt hungry and was looking forward to reaching home and having my late lunch ... (read more)"


3 April 2013
Title: Write a story that ends with: "... We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways."

"Last year during the year-end holidays, I had an opportunity to participate in a Youth Camp organised by the Boy Scouts Association of my school. Since it was the first camp that I had ever taken part in ... (read more)"


1 April 2013
Title: Write a story ending with: "...he left and closed the door behind him quietly."

"Once there was a couple who was very poor. They had a daughter and lived in a wooden house in the countryside. One night, when the couple was sleeping soundly, all of a sudden a burglar broke into their house quietly through the back door ... (read more)"


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