Salaam, Everybody,

Today our class enters its third year. I dedicate this day to my first companion along this road, Mr Zafar Niazi.

Zafar is an eminent educationist and well-known writer of thought-provoking Urdu as well as English posts.

We made a pretty bumpy start with a debate over my concept of good English. We soon realized that neither of us was wrong. It was only a difference of approach.

I expect Zafar to tell you about his experience of being on board with me over the past two years . Let us hear what he has to say.  1 January 2018


Zafar Niazi Good evening and a very happy new year Sir Munawar Ali Malik, my iconic teacher and all the glorious people whom I have met during this joy-packed journey. It’s been a journey through the fantabulous lanndscapes of beauty and worth. Before getting into contact with Sir Munawar I was only a casual fan of facebook. It was after meeting him here that I decided to be useful for others. So the person who inspired me to be useful here is none other than Sir Munawar. We have differed and will continue to differ on so many things, but we differ with logic not with illwill. During this fruitful journey I have found so many wonderful people like Muhammad FayyazMashooq KhosoAmjad Ali Malik, Sameera Hayat, to name a few. The list of such wonderful people is so long. I think our friends must have enjoyed our time together. I believe our friends are having a great experience with us. Together we can make a big difference by sharing knowledge and understanding of different issues of life.
Stay blessed everyone and stay tuned to friendship!

Salaam, Everybody,

Could you recall and tell us the English words related to agriculture that are commonly spoken in Pakistan ?

The purpose of these assignments is to give you an idea of how far English has permeated our everyday life. Once we realize that, we’ll no longer be afraid of learning English. 2 January 2018 .

Salaam, Everybody,

This refers to our classwork of last night. You were asked to give English words related to agriculture which are commonly spoken in Pakistan.

Mr Kamran Khan cited some amusing examples of words related to agriculture as they are spoken by our illiterate farmers.
For instance.

Tu well for tube well
Displow for disc plough
Compain for combine
Tactor for tractor
Heerow for harrow

Anyway, they are meant to be original words, so let us ignore the lapses of the speakers, as they are illiterate.

Today you are to give the words related to hospital.
Please note that only those words should be included which are commonly spoken by the people of Pakistan . 3 January 2018 .

Salaam, Everybody,

As the commentators on last night’s post have revealed, a lot of English words related to hospital are a part of our everyday conversation.

Let us see what English words we come across at a general store.

Zafar and Fayyaz have again gone off our radar. Perhaps they find nothing to interest them in these schoolboy assignments. But they seem to forget that a teacher has to be a part of learning process at any level. At least they could chip in with helpful comments / suggestions.  4 January 2018 .

Salaam, Everybody,
Here are some nice jokes for you to enjoy. Let this be our classwork for today.  5 January 2018

Salaam, Everybody,

From our ongoing assignments it is evident that English is not only all around us, but also within us, and comes to the surface in our daily conversation on various topics.

Let us go a bit deeper. Could you tell me the commonly used English words about our dress ? Munawar Ali Malik Please note that pants, trousers and jeans are always used in plural form. It is incorrect to say pant, trouser and jean. Munawar Ali MalikPlease  also note the correct spellings of the following words : jersey, apron, waistcoat.  7 January 2018 .

Salaam, Everybody,

What English words would be used by a Pakistani husband and
wife planning to build a new house?

A pretty limited-choice assignment, but I hope you’ll do pretty well. 8 January 2018

Salaam, Everybody,

Let us see what English words do we often speak and hear at a book depot / bookshop.

I hope that would be quite easy for you. Book,pencil,pen,register,Novel,fiction stories,digest,paper pin,stapler,Color pencil,ballpoint,dictionary,Notes,model papers,text books,note books,rough pages,photocopy,geometry box,clipboard,solved question papers,wrapping paper,plastic sheets,water colours,markers,eraser,high liner,ink,diary,calendar,envelop,greeting cards,newspapers,magazines, 10 January 2018

Salaam, Everybody,

Here is another simple test of your word-power. Let us see the words you can make from the following letters : g–s–t–e–n–a–i

Each word should contain at least 3 letters. Double letters not allowed. Also try to make a Master Word by combining all the 7 letters.  (Sea, sat, sit, gate, eat, ate, sage, sting, stag, tag, gait, get, tea, sin, nest, neat, ten, nag, snag, gas, gain, stain, gist, gin, geat, gents, seating, sing, sang, sag, sane, sate, gest, tinge, ting, gast,) 11 January 2018 .

Salaam, Everybody,

You seem to be more interested in word-games than anything else.

Well, I won’t like to make it the only item on my agenda, but let you have a few more word-game exercises, before I pass on to other things. Here is another.

Make as many words as you can from the following jumble.


Each word should contain at least 3 letters. Double letters not allowed. Also see if you can make a Master Word comprising all the 6 letters. (01.Strive 02.Tire 03.Rite 04.Sit 05.Site 06.Rest 07.Sir 08.Vest 09.Ire 10.Vie 11.Tie 12.Set 13.Vire)-13 January 2018

Salaam, Everybody,

Let this be the last exercise of this type. From tomorrow, InshaALLAH, we’ll turn to some other interesting tasks.

Make as many words as you can from the letters given below: r– o—l–v–a–f–u

Each word should contain at least 3 letters. Each letter can be used only once.  15 January 2018

Salaam, Everybody,

Let’s see how you handle this one.

Complete the given sentences with the following Prepositions / Adverbs :
down, after, on, to, off

Sentences :

1. Pakistan team was not prepared to take —– the New Zealand team.

2. Please take —– my words carefully.

3. I took two days —- to visit my family in Mianwali.

4. Children usually take —– their parents.

5. I took —— smoking when I was at college. 16 January 2018  (1 . on ,2. Down,3. Off,4. After,5. To)

Salaam, Everybody,

Complete the given sentences with the following Prepositions/ Adverbs :
into, off, on, to, by

1. Come——, it’s not such a hard job.
2. How did you come —- this costly camera ?
3. The event came —— very well.
4. He came — this property after the death of his father.
5. The patient came —– after two hours. (Munawar Ali Malik The correct answers are 1. on 2. by 3. off 4. into 5. to) 17 January 2018 .

Salaam, Everybody,

Here is another exercise about use of Prepositions / Adverbs.
Complete the given sentences by inserting the Prepositions / Adverbs given below :
away, way, in , off, up

1. Bad habits are not easy to give —–
2. The policeman pushed the door, and it easily gave —–
3. The chicken dish gave —– a decent smell.
4. I was invited to give —– the prizes at the end of the match.
5. Being too tired to fight, I gave —–. (Munawar Ali MalikCorrect order : 1, up 2. way 3. off 4. away 5. in ) 18 January 2018 .

Salaam, Everybody,

Let’s see how you handle this one: Complete the given sentences by inserting the following Prepositions/ Adverbs :   over- up- away-along-on

1. He got —– his bike, and fled.
2. I couldn’t get —– with my boss, so I resigned.
3. At what time do you get —- in the morning ?
4. The thief got —– before the police arrived.
5. I found it difficult to get —— that attack of flu..  ( On along up away over) 19 January 2018

Salaam, Everybody,

Here is another exercise of the previous type.  Complete the given sentences with the following Prepositions / Adverbs :  off. back, up, through, out

1. The defeated army pulled —– of the area.
2. The car pulled —— at the gate of the hospital.
3. He has at last pulled—— his long illness.
4. We have pulled —– a nice deal recently.
5. He pulled —— when he saw a policeman coming towards him.  (out, up, through, off, back) 21 January 2018 .

Salaam, Everybody,
The exercises we have been doing these days are exercises about the use of Prepositions/ Adverbs. A Verb followed by a Preposition or Adverb is called Phrasal Verb. It is idiomatic use of the Verb. There are no rules for use of Prepositions/ Adverbs in Phrasal Verbs. The use of Prepositions / Adverbs depends on the meaning that we want to convey.

Do you find these exercises useful, or shall we pass on to the next item on our agenda ? 22 January 2018

Salaam, Everybody,

Use of Phrasal Verbs is the smart way of expression. Here is another exercise about Phrasal Verbs :

Complete the given sentences by inserting the following Prepositions/ Adverbs:  in–out–off– for– back

1. He promised to call —– so let’s wait for his call.
2. The workers called —– resignation of the Manager.
3. Another surgeon was called —– to complete the operation.
4. He called —– for help, but nobody came to help him.
5. The meeting was called —– as the chairman was too busy that day. (01. Back 02.For 03.In 04.Out 05.Off)  23 January 2018 . 

Salaam, Everybody,

Another exercise about use of Phrasal Verbs.

Complete the given sentences by inserting the following Prepositions/ Adverbs:
in– to– across–up

1. I came—— him at the railway station.
2. Your promotion case will come —– at the next meeting.
3. Please don’t go away. Let the discussion come —— a head.
4. The government came —- for serious criticism at rise in oil prices.
5. From words, the two boys soon came —- blows.

Don’t be surprised. One of the Prepositions fits into two sentences. (The correct order is : across, up, to, in, to )  24 January 2018 .

Salaam, Everybody,

These Phrasal Verb posts show you the smart way of expression. Here is another to add to your knowledge of English.
Complete the given sentences with the Prepositions / Adverbs given below :
up —- away—-in—-with—– for

1. The robber did him —- and escaped with his purse and cellphone.
2. The room was beautifully done —– for the guests.
3. This sofa is large enough to do —– a bed.
4. His father did —— with all his property in gambling.
5. I feel I could do ——– a cup of tea.  ( In, up, for, away, with.) 25 January 2018 .

Salaam, Everybody,

Now let’s see how you do this one.
Complete the following sentences with the words given below.
in—-over—onto—- away—-back

1. The window to the right gave onto a beautiful garden.
2. Finding myself helpless, I just gave in.
3. Please give over , I am sick of the noise you are making.
4. I asked for my book, but he didn’t give it back
5. He gave away the rest of the money to his relatives.( CORRECT onto, in, over, back, away)  26 January 2018 .

Salaam, Everybody.

Another exercise of the same type.
Insert the following Prepositions / Adverbs in the sentences given below to make them meaningful :
for—- in —-out—-after—- off

1. We take —– our shoes before we enter the mosque.
2. I was taken —– by his innocent appearance.
3. The Rangers were ordered to take —– the terrorists.
4. I took him —— my friend Aslam, but he was someone else.
5. He takes —— his brother. (1 off 2 in 3 Out  4 for 5 after ) 27 January 2018 .

Salaam, Everybody,

Complete the given sentences by inserting the Prepositions/ Adverbs given below
apart — in—- aside—– about—– off

1. Having completed the map, they set —- building the road.
2. His performance as a batsman sets him ——
3. The spring is about to set ——
4. The High Court set the lower court’s judgement ——
5. Now that we have done the work here, let’s set —— for Lahore.

NOTE : I smile when I see your response to my posts which give you a day off.
The number of likes shoots up to 100, sometimes more than that.  ( Correct Answer 1=about ,2=apart, 3=in, 4=aside , 5=off ) 29 January 2018 .

Salaam, Everybody,

Insert the following Prepositions/ Adverbs to complete the sentences given below.
up—-in —- off —- down —– over

1. I usually turn —– at 10 pm.
2. He turned —- the main road and took the road to the left.
3. My request for promotion was turned ——–.
4. The truck hit a tree and turned ——–.
5. The robber escaped because the police turned —— late. (SOLUTION : 1. in 2. off 3. down 4. over 5. up ) 30 January 2018 .

Salaam, Everybody,

Suppose you go to a shop to buy a pen. What would you say to the shopkeeper ?

Your answer should be a single sentence.  31 January 2018 

Answer in FEB 2018 Posts

Your words for Mianwali and Mianwalians