TODAYS LESSON: THE MANY USES OF GET IN ENGLISH…
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The run-up to the election was neck and neck. It was very close.
Neck and neck means to have an equal chance in winning a race or a competition. It comes from horse racing!
Synonyms are: equal, tied, level, side by side
ALOT OF IDIOMS in English are based around SPORTS.
Match the following idioms with the sport it originates from ( you will use one sport twice)
NOW match the meanings to the idioms:
a. to do or say something that is unfair or cruel, and usually irrelevant
b. to have a better chance at winning
c. it´s your responsibility to do something
d. on the verge of defeat or collapse
e. you´ve got the wrong person or idea
Today we are looking at different types of conjunctions, or linking words. We use these words to connect ideas. Today we will focus on 4 types of connecting words and their functions.
Look at these 4 sentences and put them into the correct category:
CONTRAST REASON AND RESULT TIME CONDITION
NOW put the following conjunctions into the 4 categories:
however such…that while depite even though as long as
although until so…that unless so in case as
Fill in the gaps with an appropriate conjunction. (more than one answer may be possible!)
Today we are looking at…
We use so to modify adjectives. so + adjective Don´t be so foolish!
We use such to modify nouns. such + noun Don´t be such a fool!
When you see it´s with an apostrophe, it is a contraction. It´s = it is or it has
When you see its with no apostrophe , it shows possesion.
Look at how its and it´s are used:
I´m thinking of an animal. Its stripes are black and it´s from Africa. It´s got four legs and its diet is vegetarian.
We use for when we are talking about a length of time. for + a period of time
I´ve been living in Madrid for two years.
We use since when we are talking a specific point in time. since + a point in time
I´ve been living in Madrid since 2015.
Both are most often used with the present perfect. Here are some commonly used words with for and since:
for: a long time, two weeks, 3 months, years, most of my life, ten minutes, many hours…
since: last Tuesday, I was young, last summer, May 20th, this morning, I last saw you, 8 o´clock…
HELLO ENGLISH LEARNERS! THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF OUR LEARNING VOCABULARY SERIES IS HERE!!!!
TODAY´S LESSON: CONNOTATIONS….
Compare these two sentences. What do they mean?
I´m used to living in the city I used to live in the city.
I am used to living in the city. = I am accustomed to the noise, the crowds, etc.
to be + used to + something = something isn´t new or strange for me
I used to live in the city = I no longer live in the city, and have moved away.
used to + to do something = I did something regularly in the past, but not now
Now do the following Oxford University quiz- practicing the correct form of used to:
What is the difference between these two sentences?
1. As your teacher, I advise you to always do your homework!
2. Like your teacher, I advise you to always do your homework!
The prepositions as and like have different meanings.
As + noun means ‘in the role of’
like + noun means ‘similar to’ or ‘in the same way as’.
As your teacher, I advise you to always do your homework!
The speaker is the listener´s teacher.
Like your teacher, I advise you to always do your homework!
The speaker is not the teacher, but wants to act in the same way as a teacher.
Now practice writing sentences on your own, using like and as. Please send them to me in the comments for review!
Question: What makes a country?
Answer: The people, the food, the customs, the weather, the culture, the history….
Okay….but who said ¨A nation without borders is not a nation¨ ?
That´s right! You´ve guessed it…President Trump. As you may have already heard, President Trump has planned to fulfill his campaign promise, and will be indeed building that wall. Hence, I have put together an advanced listening practice about the infamous wall from National Public Radio in the U.S.A. This is a totally authentic news source, and is a great task for advanced students preparing for the FCE and CAE exams.
LISTENING ADVICE- BEFORE LISTENING
OKAY! Now we are ready to begin! Read the questions first, then LISTEN!
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*to deputise someone means to appoint them as a substitute for something
e.g. The administration made a formal request to the Attorney General’s Office to deputize an agency lawyer to handle all animal rights cases.
The past simple in English takes two forms: regular and irregular
Regular verbs take -ed endings: play-played, show-showed, live-lived
Irregular verbs take different endings, here are some common ones: give gave, take took, be was
4. did, buy