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me puedes ayudar en mi exmanen? 6. May 2016

Claro que si, o por lo menos mostrarte a donde puedes ir para entender – ¿que te entra?

I need to know the types of houses and homes, their characteristics, artifacts, equipment, etc. from Moira 2. May 2016

That’s a very general question, but I’ll try…

First, types of houses-
Detached: Separate from other houses.
Semi-detached: Separate on one side, connected on the other.
Terraced: Connected on both sides in a row of houses, unless it is an ‘End of Terrace’
Cottage: Small country house (like in fairy tales)
Flat: One of a number of residences which share the same block.
Apartment: A smaller version of a flat.
Condo: A flat on two floors.
Bungalow: A house with no stairs, only one floor.
Chalet: A wooden house, usually for holidays only.

Now, furniture:
Click here for the mini-class!

…and a unit of the course dedicated to this: ¿Que haces en casa?

Is it “there are cars in the street or” there are cars on the street.? Is it I train at the gym or I train in the gym? I do not know which prepositons are correct. Please help me. 25. April 2016

There are cars IN the street

I train AT the gym, although it is also correct to say ‘IN the gym’ though not as common.

Explanation? Try my MINI-CLASS here!

a job interview what is a job interview? well, generally it is what follows after you have sent your CV to a prospective employer, and the people who are offering the job want to know more about you. the future employers now want to meet you in person and see what you look like, discuss your qualifications, and so on. there are several things you have to be very careful about: for example, the way you dress for that first meeting. if you are a boy, it is better to wear formal clothes a shirt is preferable to a T-shirt- and it may be be appropriate to wear a jacket or blazer. make sure your hair is tidy and your hands are very clean. if you are a girl, it is more appropriate not to wear a miniskirt and not too much makeup! another important point is punctuality. make sure you arrive on time. never be late! they may think you are not very reliable. When you are in the actual interview, answer the questions clearly and directly, and, if there is something you do not understand, ask them to repeat the question instead of giving the wrong answer. show that you are interested in the job, but do not be overanxious. relax, do your best and…good luck how should you dress for a job interview? if you are male? if you are female? why? is it good to arrive very early for the interview? why? when should you ask for the question to be repeated? 22. April 2016


Do you want me to check this to see if it’s OK? Grammatically, there aren’t any problems – but you have to include punctuation, as well as the capital letters at the beginning of the sentences.

Hi Jonathan ! I have a doubt with respect to the verb ‘ To feel’ . This verb is a stative verb so it cannot be used with an ing form. However, sometimbes it’s not used as a stative verb, in which case we can use it in a progressive form. What I don’t know is how to differenciate them in meaning. Thanks a lot ! 15. April 2016

Sorry – could you give me some examples of what confuses you?

In the summer of 2002 Simon went camping with his friends Lilly and Sam. They camped on the side of the lake and they did a lot of activities like fishing and canoeing. Right there Tom saw an incredibly beautiful woman and he stared at her. She caught her staring and she smiled and walked over to him. She introduced herself as Sarah. They talked for hours and they became friends. After the camp they began dating and they did everything together. In November of 2005 Simon and Sarah got married and they had a baby named Tom a year later. 10. April 2016

Very nice story…… (?)

Good evening! I need you to explain something about The third conditional to me. Here you are an example I don’t understand well : If I hadn’t reacted quickly, the hippo would have killed me. What I don’t understand is the fact that the 3rd conditional is used to describe a situation that didn’t happen in the past and to imagine the resault of this situation ( however, it did happen because I did react quickly and therefore the hippo didn’t kill me). That’s why I don’t understand it as according to its definition it describes something that didn’t happen but it did because I did react ! Another example could be : If you had phoned me, I would not have been late for school ( in this case, you didn’t phone = it didn’t happen). Thanks a lot ! 🙂 8. April 2016

The hypothetical situation in the first example is: ‘He would have killed me’. This is imaginary because it didn’t happen (because you reacted quickly)

In the second example the hypothesis: ‘If you had phoned me I wouldn’t have been late for school’ applies to both parts of the sentence: He didn’t phone you, and you were late for school.

The third conditional is hypothetical because it speaks about what would have happened, but it does not mean that the situation had to be totally imagined. The ‘If I hadn’t reacted quickly’ is a good example – the situation was real, but the result is hypothetical or imagined.

GOOD EVENING I HAVE A QUESTION I DONT KNOW WHAT IS THE DIFERENT TIMES IN THIS EXAMPLE:I (dO) a lot of work every day. Dont worry i (know) what i (do) 1. April 2016

I DO a lot of work every day (IN GENERAL = Present Simple)

Don’t worry – I KNOW (IN GENERAL) what I’m doing (NOW OR SOON = Present Continuous)

More information?

Good evening! I would like to know 2 things about reported speech : firstly, when using reported speech, we have to make some transformation but when it comes to the verbs : come – go and bring – take, do we always have to make these trans I have seen many times people don’t make them ( for example : come –> go as in the following sentence : ‘Lucy will come later’ –> He said that she would come later rather than He said she would go later ). And finally, when we say ‘ at the weekend” in a sentence, do we have to change it into last weekend? For instance, ‘I visited my parents at the weekend’ : he said that he had visited his parents at the weekend or last weekend? Thanks a lot ! 22. March 2016

There are 2 ways to look at tthis type of question – as an ‘exam question’ or as real life English.

In real life English it depends on the context. What you have said about changing “come/go”:

The conversation was at school, and you said “Lucy will come later”. If you mention the conversation at home, the only logical sentence would be: I said that she would GO later. If you are at school, you would use “come”.

The problem with exam English is that it is not flexible enough to take these situations into account. For example, you are told to change ‘next week’ to the following week – but of the direct conversation takes place on a Monday  and the reported speech on a Tuesday, then ‘next week’ is still ‘next week’.

In exam English I suppose you should use the transformation to show your teacher you can use it, although that may depend on the teacher. In real life, it’s a question of context (and logic).

Hi! I would like you to explain 2 things to me : Firstly, I don’t know why ‘any’ is followed by a plural noun in the following sentence : ‘ Use the second listening to answer any QUESTIONS you were unsure about’, as I would translate it into Spanish as ‘cualquier’ and in that case both in Spanish and English is followed by a singular noun as in : Any BOY can do that. Secondly , I don’t understand either why Any is followed by a plural noun when saying ‘ If you have any DOUBTS’, as I would say : If you have any doubt ( cualquier duda, sea la que sea). Thank you very much ! 🙂 12. March 2016

The problem you have is that it doesn’t sound right because in Spanish you wouldn’t use it that way. Remember that ‘SOME/ANY’ is basically used for uncountable OR plural (indefinite) verbs, as compared with A/AN:

I have a bottle of water – I have some water (UNCOUNTABLE)

Do you have a question? – Do you have any questions? (PLURAL)

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Good evening! I would like to know why it has been used the word ‘parking’ rather than car park in the following sentence : ‘Another time perhaps. Anyway, I think the car park’s a good idea. There isn’t enough parking in the town’ ? Thanks a lot ! 8. March 2016

The gap you find between two cars outside the greengrocer’s is not a car park – it’s a parking space, whereas a ‘car park’ is a specific (larger) area where you can leave your car.

‘Parking’ in this case refers to a more general idea of all the places available in town.

How can i improve my English? 6. March 2016

In a word: PRACTICE

If you understand Spanish, read these articles I have written on this subject:

Inglés: Deja de Estudiarlo Ya

Los Mejores Sitios Web para Aprender Inglés Online

Como Escoger Tu Curso de Inglés

La Liebre, la Tortuga y el Inglés: Como Mejor se Aprende

When I use to and for? 6. March 2016

To and For both have a lot of meanings, but I think the problem you have is when in your language you mean ‘PARA’. This is a very common mistake. The good news is that there is a very easy explanation:

TO + VERB   (These posters are to help the children in class)

FOR + NOUN (These posters are for the children)

Good evening ! I would like to know if we can say : ten minutes’ walk or ten minute walk or both, as I have seen them written in both cases. I would like to know why as well. Thanks! 4. March 2016

Good question! Both are correct, but for different reasons:

“Ten minutes’ walk” is a possessive.

“A ten minute (or: ten-minute) walk” is also possible. Notice that there is no “s” in minute. This is because “ten-minute” works as an adjective, and adjectives do not use the plural form. See also:

A 6-metre fall.

An 11-year-old boy

etc etc.

Good evening! I need your help when it comes to time clauses starting with as soon as, after, before, when … and so on. What I don’t get to understand is when we are supposed to use a future simple (will) and when a going to future. For example, what’s the difference between As soon as the rain stops, I will go for a walk and As soon as the rain stops, I’m going to go for a walk. I had seen it with Will so far but if I had to choose one , I would use a going to future as it’s something I have planned (not an arrangement). However, I have always used the future simple because it was what I was taught and most books only show examples with the future simple. I hope you can make it clear! Thanks a lot! from Antonio 18. February 2016

Good question – really this comes down to the difference between theory (what you learn) and practice (what you actually hear in an English-speaking country.

This is a perfect example of how the grammatical rules are far more flexible in real-life situations. Although it is more common to hear for example, ‘As soon as I get my wages, I’ll pay you the money I owe’ it isn’t so strange to hear ‘I’m going to pay you as soon as I get my wages.’

I don’t think it’s very useful to talk about what is correct or incorrect here. Just think of your driving lessons, the way you were taught to drive, and how you drive now – it’s exactly the same as a language. When you are learning English, you are taught a series of rules, but as you gain experience you learn how to be more flexible.

In conclusion: I would use the future simple (will) as you have learnt, but it isn’t as strict as you may think.

hello!! I need help. I have a phrasal and i don´t understand would you object______________in this difficult situation ? i neet complete the word “out”in the phrasal. and i don´t now Would you object out assist us difficult situation ? thanks 5. February 2016

I’m not really sure what you have to do in the exercise, but from what you are saying I imagine you have to replace ‘object’ with a phrasal verb, rather than using ‘object’ (I can’t think of anything if that is the case).

If I’m right, the answer would be ‘ ‘Would you RULE OUT assisting us in this difficult situation?’ = Would you object to helping us in this….?’

I hope that’s the answer!

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