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What’s the difference in meaning among the verbs To look + adjective, To be like and To look like? Thank you from Antonio

– Look like = be similar PHYSICALLY

You look like your dad – you are tall and strong, the same as him.

– Be like = be similar IN PERSONALITY

You’re like your dad. He never relaxes, and look at you! Today is Sunday, and you’re working!

– Look + Adjective = Seem to be (for people looking at you)

‘Hi Sarah- You look tired!’ ‘I know. I had to finish a project. I only slept for 3 hours!’

‘Did you see James with his new girlfriend – They looked really happy.’

This only works when you see people. For exanple, if you are on the phobe you would say ‘You sound tired’.


Como hacer una pregunta si la respuesta es: mi mejor amiga me llama tres veces a la semana

La pregunta seria:

‘¿Con que frecuencia te llama tu mejor amiga?’

Recuerda que la pregunta es Presente Simple (porque esta hablando de algo EN GENERAL) y por lo tanto tienes que que usar el auxiliar ‘DO’, pero que también ‘tu mejor amiga’ (ella) es tercera persona y debe llevar ‘-S’. Finalmente el orden es: Pregunta (Con que Frecuencia) / Auxiliar (Adaptas ‘DO’) / Persona (Tu mejor amiga) / Verbos (Llamar) / Resto de la frase. Entonces:

How often does your best friend call you? (‘phone you’ o ‘ring you’ tambien es posible)


the exact instruction is: write a paragraph to share with the class about your favorite way to spend a free hour at home. in your paragraph include at least 5 different examples of subject-verb agreement with indefinite pronouns, compound subjects, and inverted sentences.

5 in total, I hope – not 5 each! OK, let’s try:

I don’t like it when everybody (1) phones me to invite me out, nor am I (2) the type of person to go out dancing. Me and my brother (3) (or: My brother and I – more formal) usually stay at home and play videogames. We switch off our phones so nobody (4) disturbs us, and only after an hour do we turn them back on again (5).

Is that OK? I you want another compound subject: ‘My dog and my 2 cats (6) also like to join in the fun!’


Does the phrasal verb “take off” have an other meaning: to kill?

‘Take out’ means ‘eliminate’. There are some American or Australian phrasal verbs I might not know, but as far as I know, no.

‘Take off’ can mean:

– A plane leaving an airport ‘What time does your plane take off?’
– Undressing ‘Your t-shirt is dirty – take it off!’
– A rapid growth ‘Sales of the new mobile watch have really taken off.’


I would like to know the difference among the verbs ‘To make a good/ bad impression on sb , To give a good/bad impression and ‘To get the impression’ Thanks!

If you GIVE somebody something (an idea/an opportunity), the other person GETS it.
In the same way if you GIVE (or MAKE) a good impression, the other people GET a good impression (of you). That’s the difference. You can use it in many ways:

“I got the impression he was lying.”

“They gave me the impression that they were married.”

“You have to make a good impression when you go to an interview.”

GIVE somebody an impression = MAKE an impression ON somebody


I still have problems with all that I don’t get it, can you please do an example, a paragraph with does conditions? please i really need to understand that

Sorry, ‘does conditions’?
Do you mean First Conditional with ‘does’. Example:

‘If he does his homework I’ll take him to the cinema.’

That’s not really connected with what you said before. Do you have the specific instructions for the exercise?


help me please its to write a paragraph about my favorite way to spend a free hour at home using 5 examples of subject-verb agreement with indefinite pronouns, compound subject..

5 examples with these 2 grammar structures? OK, let’s try:

Indefinite pronouns:

“I like it when somebody phones to invite me out for a drink unexpectedly.”
Everyone knows that I love reading..”
Nobody knows what I really like.

These are generally 3rd person singular.

Compound Subjects:

My wife/friends and I like to go for a walk in the evenings…”
My dog and my cats always come with me to the shops”
“You and me/you and I have a lot in common.”

Generally plural….. I hope this gets to you on time!


Si quisiera preguntar por una habitación en un hotel.La pregunta sería :”do you have any room for two night?

Muy bien – solo recuerda que ‘any’ no es singular, entonces sería una de estas frases:

“Do you have A room for nights?”

“Do you have any roomS for two nights?”

More typical tourist expressions:

http://profesornativogratis.com/frases-para-turistas/


¿Puede facilitarme los contenidos que debo estudiar para sacar un alto porcentaje en el First Certificate?

Lo mejor es mirar en la pagina de Cambridge mismo:

http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/first/preparation/

Tambien mira mis consejos para el Writing:

http://profesornativogratis.com/category/how-to-write/

Y el Speaking:

http://profesornativogratis.com/agreeing-and-disagreeing/
http://profesornativogratis.com/suggesting-and-making-plans-2/

Y los ejercicios de Listening:

http://profesornativogratis.com/listen/ (La tercera sección – ‘Exam Preparation’

Buena Suerte! Dinos que tal te va!


Como utilizar el ‘him’?

‘Him’ (masculino) ‘Her’ (feminino) y ‘It’ (sin género / animal ‘sin personalidad’) reemplaza cualquier nombre en la parte secundaria de una frase:

I saw David = I saw HIM
David gave his sister an icecream = David gave HER an icecream
She ate the icecream = She ate IT

Se llama ‘Object Pronoun’. ‘Subject pronouns’ son los que suelen empezar la frase (I/You/He/She…) Object Pronouns (Me/You/Him/Her) llegan más tarde en la frase.

Es una explicación sencilla, pero al principio basta, creo.


Los verbos estativos no se pueden utilizar en los “continuos”, entonces como se diría: Yo te estoy viendo . I’m seeing you (?) ¿Existe esa expresión en Inglés?, si es que existe la expresión ¿Tengo que usar otro verbo? ¿Cuál?, ¿Lo mismo pasa con los otros verbos estativos?. Quiero saber si existe un reemplazo para los verbos estativos para usar en los continuos o simplemente no se usan, gracias from Jose Luis

Es una pregunta muy buena, y no es fácil de contestar.

Lo más importante es saber que nada esta escrito en piedra. No son ‘reglas’ gramaticales, tanto como explicaciones de como el idioma se usa. ‘Feel’ ‘Look’ (parecer) and ‘Love’ are some examples: Los dos eran hace años verbos que no se ‘debían’ poner en continuo. Ahora (el segundo gracias a McDonalds) se puede oir:

“How are you feeling? I’m loving this party”

“You’re looking tired” (en lugar de “You look tired”

Cuando pongo “debían” entre comillas quiero dejar claro que ese ‘deber’ existe para estudiantes de Inglés, pero no para un nativo. Creo que un profesor sería justificado en marcar ‘I’m seeing you’ como incorrecto (aunque yo no lo haría), pero si lo dice mi hermano u otro nativo no tendría ningun sentido en decir que es incorrecto. ¿Según quien? No hay Academia Real para intervenir.

Finalemente, desde hace siglos el uso del continuo, y la erosión de los verbos estativos es continuo (haha). De momento no se dice: ‘I’m understanding’, ni ‘I’m remembering’ – pero espera unos 20-30 años!


How does the story end ? The story ends unhappy . Is this answer correct

The correct answer is: “Unhappily”, because you need an adverb to go with the verb (end)
“Unhappy” as an adjective refers to the noun.

In other words:
Someone is unhappy
He does something unhappily


Is this sentence correct? : I’d like to get a taxi FOR NOT walking. Or should I say : TO NOT WALK. Both sound quite weird to me.

You’re right – It does sound weird! 😉
You put the negative in front of the infinitive : “not to walk” instead of “to not walk”, but in this sentence you would have to say:

“I’d like to get a taxi SO AS NOT TO walk.”

….although in everyday Engllish it would be much more common to hear:

“I’d like to get a taxi rather than walk.”


hola profesor, necesito colocar unas palabras en un texto que tiene los espacios, me podrias ayudar? I must remind—-, thought Mma Ramotswe, how lucky I am in this life, Sitting—– the garden of the house in Zebra Drive, and looking up— the high, blue Botswana sky, Precious Ramotswe thought about the things— made her life so fortunate. she was the owner of Botswana’s only detective agency, the no.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, which successfully kept almost almost all of—- clients happy. (There—- some clients, she knew, who could never be satisfied.) Still only in her late thirties, Mma Ramotswe—- her house in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone. She had two orphan children, a boy and a girl,—- bring life and fun into the house. With these things in her life, she could honestly say that nothing more was needed. But there was more. Some time ago Mma Ramotswe—- to marry Mr JLB Matekoni, the owner of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. He was thought to be the best mechanic in Botswana, a good man and a gentle one.——- Mma Ramotswe had been married once before, to a man who many girls would think of as exciting, and she did not want excitement again.

No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency! Leí este libro hace unos años – si lo tienes como ejercicio de gramatica dudo que te guste tanto como a mi 😉

1. myself
2. in
3. at (‘to’ es posible)
4. that/which
5. her
6. are
7. owned*
8. to
9. wanted*
10. Unfortunately*

(*hay otras posibilidades)


That the difference between ɑ: and ɑ (phonetic)

I´m not too hot with phonetics – I’ll ask around to be sure, but I’m 93,5% sure that there is no difference. Some phonetic tables show one, and some the other. The sound is the same – it’s the long ‘aaah’ that the dentist tells you to make, or in:

  • car
  • far
  • barn
  • arm
  • laugh (Received pronunciation)

Double-click any of these words to hear.


Jonathan, podrías decirme si este writing está bien escrito? gracias ” A hard decision ” SEBASTIAN HAMILTON AND HIS ELDER BROTHER, WILLIAM, WERE HAVING A CONVERSATION IN THE DINING ROOM OF THE ESTANCIA “LOS MISTOS”. IT WAS LATE AFTERNOON AND SEBASTIAN WANTED TO GO TO SILVERIO’S PULPERIA TO HAVE A DRINK. WILLIAM TOLD HIM: “I HAVE TO TALK WITH YOU ABOUT JACK’S FUTURE”. AFTER HIS REQUEST HE DECIDED TO STAY. “WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY JACK’S FUTURE?” SEBASTIAN ASKED. WILLIAM ARGUED THAT JACK WAS UNEDUCATED AND THAT HE COULD NOT WRITE OR READ PROPERLY. HE WISHED HIS NEPHEW HAD ANOTHER LIFE. HE WANTED TO CONVINCE HIS BROTHER THAT JACK SHOULD LIVE IN ENGLAND. SEBASTIAN LOOKED AT HIM ASTONISHED. HE WAS FURIOUS. HE ALWAYS THOUGHT HIS SON SHOULD LIVE WITH HIM IN THE PAMPAS AND THAT HE SHOULD BE A GAUCHO LIKE HIS FATHER. HE DID NOT LIKE HAMPSHIRE, LONDON OR ANY CITY IN ENGLAND. HE REFUSED TO ACCEPT THAT JACK LIVES IN ENGLAND WAS THE BEST OPTION. THEY SQUEAKED HARD AND JACK LISTENED TO THEM. HE DECIDED TO CONFRONT HIS UNCLE. HE SHOUTED:”I WANT TO STAY AT “LOS MISTOS”WITH MY FATHER! I DON’T WANT TO GO WITH YOU”. WILLIAM ANSWERED THAT THEY SHOULD TALK ANOTHER DAY AGAIN AND SLAMMING THE DOOR, HE LEFT THE ROOM.

Aunque los dos están bien, prefiero ‘older’ que ‘elder’
Is there no other translation for ‘estancia’? Is it a recognised Word in the USA?
‘Pulperia’ = Silverio´s, a restaurant specialising in Octopus (?)
‘Uneducated’ sounds a bit Spanish. ‘Badly educated’, maybe? I can’t think of anything better at the moment.
‘Another life’, I’d say ‘A different life’
‘Jack LIVING in England’
‘Squeaked’? What was the Spanish Word?

(‘Talked with’= US English, Talked to’= UK English)


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