April 20, 2019

23 Rules to Answer Use of English Question in Jamb and Post Utme

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The exact method that works for how to answer use of English questions in Jamb and how to answer Use of English questions in post Utme will be discussed in this article.

These 23 Rules works for all English language exam. It’s 100% accurate and more so, it has been fine-tuned in a way that its the current Use of English language system in 2019.

Jamb use of English is strenuous and it is one of the hardest English language exams.

Most students see Use of English as their weakness.

This is so because they don’t know the rules guiding Use of English.

But after reading these rules on How to answer Use of English questions in jamb and rules on how to answer Use of English questions in Post Utme.

You can easily arrest any stubborn questions that come your way.

There is no doubt that you are currently holding the key to your success.

After showing you these 107 rules on how to answer Use of English questions in jamb and post utme.

You will be terrified because I will give you some past questions from Jamb and Unilorin post Utme as an example to show you that these rules work anywhere, anytime & anyway.

23 Rules on How To Answer Use of English Questions in Jamb and Post Utme.


If you want to know how to answer Jamb Use of English questions and post Utme Use of English questions these rules will answer them.

Rules on How to answer Lexis and Structure in Jamb and Post Utme.


1. Use been when you have has/have or had before.
E.g He has + been.
Do not use been if you have is/ was /are were or am before

E.g. He is + been X (wrong)


2. Use being when you have is/ was /are were or am before being,
E.g. We are + being (not: been)
beaten now
Do not use being if you have has/have or had before being.

E.g They have + being X (wrong)


3. Use the past tense once you use I/we/you/they + wish + subject.
So the formula is:
I/we/you/they + wish + past tense.
E.g We wish we Learnt French in school

4. Use the past tense with: it is time/ it is high time.
E.g. it is time/ high time they stopped (not stop) disturbing us.
She said it was high time/high time she left ( not: leave)

She says it is time she left ( not: leave)


5. Use the past tense with would rather:

Formula = Person + would rather + subject + past tense +…….

I. She would rather we went (not: go) went
ii. I would rather she accepted ( not: accept) to marry me
iii. They would rather he knew (not: know) the answer.

The exception to this Rule: If there is no subject after would rather, the structural formula changes, like this:

person+ would rathet+future tense

I. I would rather go ( not: went) tomorrow
ii. They would rather come ( not: came)next week

6. Use the past tense with past modal.

If there are two clauses in a sentence.

E.g. If I saw you ( clause one), I would greet you ( clause 2)

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Now, if the first clause contains would, should, could or might, which are all past tenses, the verb of the second clause must be in the past tense also.

The case is the reverse if the past tense appears in the second clause and you are made to answer the first clause.

But if what you have in the first clause or second is a present tense, the other clause must also be in the present tense.

E.g. If I See you, I will (not: would) greet you.

The tense in Clause A determines the tense in Clause B.

7. After has/have/had, the verb that follows must be a past participle.

E.g. They have went X (wrong) but: They have gone √

He has left the house √
He has leave the house X (wrong).

8. Use asleep, not sleeping.
E.g. She is asleep √
She is sleeping X
Also: She has slept X ( This is wrong)

Instead: She has gone to bed √ ( correct )


9. Do not use Can and be able together.
E.g. I can be able to do it ( wrong)

I can do it √ ( correct)
Or: I am able to do it.


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10. Always use shall with only I and we.
He shall go X ( wrong )
Correct form: He will go
I shall go √ ( correct )
We shall go √ ( correct )

They shall come X ( wrong )
Correct form: They will come √ ( correct )


11. When you see the following terms, the verb that follows must be + ing Verb.


Terms it applies to.

* Confess to
* View to
* Object to
* Is/was/are/were/am used to
* Look forward to
* Admit to
* is/was/are/were/am accustomed to
* Feel up to
* Is/was/are/were/am limited to.

Note: After each of the expressions above use an ing verb.

E.g. They admitted to stealing votes during the election

One can admit to not + ing verb
E.g. She admitted to not praying enough


12. When a future time is denoted or shown by the use of by + the future time, will + have + a past participle verb must be used.

E.g. By December this year, I will have gained admission to a University.


13. When an activity is habitual or frequent, use the present tense.

E.g. Ajantala always _____________ in the morning before going to school.
(a)Prayed (b) prays (c) being pray (d) pray

The answer is B.

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14. After having, a past participle verb must be used.

E.g. Having eaten, he went out.

In case of an occasion to choose between been and being after having, choose been, please!

15. There is no such expression as  “Use to” in English.

The correct form is “Used to”

E.g. She is used to shouting every day.

16. Hang is a verb which means, to raise up high and left to dangle. If a human being is involved, the past tense is hanged, past particle, hanged, but if non-living things are involved, hung, is past tense, hung is past participle.

His clothes have been hung ( not: hunged/ handed ) X

Rules on How to Answer question tags in Jamb Use of English and post utme exams.

17. When there is a positive statement, there should be a negative question when answering questions tags in Jamb use of English and post Utme.

E.g We are learning English grammar ( positive statement).

Aren’t we? ( negative question)

Notice that: We and are in the above are transposed.

First: We are
Second: Aren’t we ( negative form )

18. When there is a negative statement, there should be a positive question following it.

E.g. She will not come ( negative statement )
Will she? ( positive question )
Full: She will not come. Will she?

Notice: She will also get transposed to Will she.

19. If used to appears in the statement, use did or didn’t.

E.g. She used to cry like a baby. Didn’t she?

20. Whenever there is used as the subject of the clause, you should return there in the second part.

E.g. There is one egg on the table.

Isn’t there? (correct)
Do not say: Isn’t it?

21. If the statement involves a mild command such as “let us…..” the second part should be shall +the subject of the clause.

E.g. Let’s ( let us ) travel tomorrow. Shall we?

22. If must or should or ought to is used in a sense that means necessary, the statement or question that follows will be need or needn’t.

E.g. Must he greet his teacher by prostrating? ( is it necessary?)

What follows is: No, he needn’t (not: “No, he mustn’t”)

23. When do you mind is used, it means do you think it is bad if…

E.g. Do you mind a piece of cake (do you think it is bad if I give you a piece of cake?)

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No, I don’t (think it is bad if you give me) so, Mr. A. (above) will give the cake to Mr. B.


These 23 Rules will help you answer Use of English questions in Jamb and post utme without thinking too much.

Its works for Jamb lexis and structure as well as post utme.


Past Questions References. (Applying the rules on how to answer English questions in Jamb and Post Utme

1. (2007 question 82)
I look forward to ________ you next week
(a) seen (b) seeing (c) be seeing (d) see

Solution: Apply Rule 11

2. (2007 question 75)
If he arrived late, everyone________ him
(a) would have blamed
(b) will blame
(d) must
(c) would blame

Solution: Apply Rule 6

3. (2007 question 72)

He says he ________ find me a job, but will accommodate me
(a) could not
(b) was not able to
(C) is not able to
(d) cannot be able to

Solution: Apply Rule 6

4. (2006 question 33)

Your performance will improve if you ________ hard
(a) are practising
(b) practical
(c) would practice
(d) practice


Solution: Apply Rule 6

5. (2006 question 37)

I watched him as he ________ the hole
(a) dug
(b) digs
(c) is digging
(d) dugged

Solution: Apply rule 6

6. (2005 question 82)

By the end of the football match today, we ________ the best player

(a) could have known
(b) might have known
(c) will have known
(d) would have known

Solution: Apply Rule 6

7. (2005 question 75)

We won’t leave until it ________ raining

(a) will stop
(b) stopped
(c) stops
(d) has stopped

Solution: Apply Rule 6

8. (2005 question 41)

If you would do me this favor, I ________ be very grateful

(a) should
(b) would
(c) shall
(d) will

9. (2005 question 49)

Adika ________ a message from the club regularly

(a) receives
(b) had received
(c) receive
(d) has received

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