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PRESENT SIMPLE vs PRESENT CONTINUOUS

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PRESENT SIMPLE vs PRESENT CONTINUOUS

(Presente simple vs presente continuo)

El presente simple se utiliza para hablar de cosas que ocurren habitualmente o en general. 

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How and when to use the Second Conditional in English

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Second Conditional

How to use the Second Conditional: “If I met Johnny Depp, I would try to kiss him”.

Are you experts at using the Zero and First Conditionals yet? I hope so!!

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How and when to use the First Conditional in English

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First conditional

If you read this blog post, you’ll know how to use the First Conditional…

If you read this blog post, you’ll know how to use the First Conditional. (Did you notice how that sentence uses the First Conditional?)

Last Monday we discussed the 0 (zero) Conditional.  We saw that we use it to talk about concrete facts or something that is always true. For example, if you heat water to 100 degrees, it boils. Water always boils when we heat it to 100 degrees, so we use the 0 (zero) conditional.
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5 Phrasal Verbs with the word “out”

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Phrasal verbs with out

Phrasal verbs can be a nightmare to learn. It takes a lot of memorising and a lot of practicing, and can be very boring. But it doesn’t have to be that way! If you pick a few verbs each time and make an effort to use them, it makes the whole process a lot easier. It also helps if you can see them in use.

So below I’ve selected 5 phrasal verbs that you should try to learn AND USE when you’re next practicing English. As I’m extra nice, I’ve written a little story using these phrasal verbs so that you can see them in context. You’ll find that below the phrasal verbs.
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When to use “no” and “not”

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When to use NO and NOT

When to use NO and NOT

 

Being back in the UK means getting to spend time with my beautiful nephew and nieces. However when they are little terrors, who move at 100km/hour, you need to stay on your toes and know how to say NO. This got me thinking about how and when we use the two negative words NO and NOT in the English language. I know this is an issue for many Spaniards speaking English, so let’s see if this post can help.

A generic rule, which should help a lot, is the following:
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TOEIC Vocab Practice 1

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Welcome to the TOEIC Vocab Practice blog post on Love Speaking! This week we will be bringing you some new words and definitions you can add to your list and then try the our quiz to see if you can adapt the words to fit the meaning of the sentence when joined with other nouns.

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Vocabulary list

These are the common definitions of the following words… however when added to other nouns their meaning can slightly change. See if you can adapt the meanings in the quiz below.

BOOMING: To grow, develop, or progress rapidly; flourish

RESTORE: To bring back into existence or use; reestablish

BLISSFUL: Showing extreme happiness

BORN: Brought into existence; created

DELICATE: Requiring tactful treatment

BROKE: Past tense of break; to cause to separate into pieces suddenly

HEAVY: Having relatively great weight



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TOEIC: Using ‘Should have’

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Today in the Love Speaking blog we are taking a look at another grammar topic which can help you improve your TOEIC score: ‘Should have’. Below you can read about the different situations where it can be used and then test your knowledge in the quiz at the end.

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We can use ‘should have’ to talk about past events that did not happen.

  • I should have let her know where I was going but I forgot.
  • He should have sent everybody an email.
  • They should have remembered that it was my birthday.

We can also use ‘should have’ to speculate about events that may or may not have happened.

  • She should have got the letter this morning. She will call me about it later.
  • He should have arrived at his office by now. Let’s try calling him.
  • They should have all done their English homework by now. It’s time to start the next subject.

We can use ‘ should not have’  to speculate negatively about what may or may not have happened.

  • She shouldn’t have left work so early. She still has lots of work to do.
  • He shouldn’t have left to go to the airport yet. The flight isn’t for another 3 hours.
  • They shouldn’t have sent the report off for printing yet. There is still time to make changes.

We can also use ‘should not have’  to regret past actions.

  • I shouldn’t have shouted at you. I apologise.
  • We shouldn’t have taken the main road. We should have guessed the traffic would be this bad.
  • They shouldn’t have fired him. He was the most creative person on their team.

Quiz



the “Should have” quiz!

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TOEIC: Time Expressions

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This week’s TOEIC practice blog post is all about time expressions. Time expressions are used to indicate the time at / during which an action took place. In this blog we will look at present, past and future forms and then you can take the quiz at the end to test how much you have learned. Here are some common time expressions:

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Present forms

  • Everyday, on Fridays, at the moment, now.
  • Adverbs of frequency such as always, usually, sometimes (for present habits and routines).
  • Days of the weeks followed by ‘s’ such as Mondays, Tuesdays, etc.
EXAMPLE:  He sometimes finishes work early.

Past forms

  • When I was…, last week, day, year, etc., yesterday.
  • Ago (two weeks ago, three years ago, four months ago, etc.)
EXAMPLE: I went to see that movie with my mum 2 weeks ago.

Future forms

  • Next week, next year, next month,
  • Tomorrow,
  • By (the end of the week, Thursday, next year, etc.)
  • In X time (in two weeks time, in four months time, etc.)
EXAMPLE: I am certain that it won’t snow tomorrow because it is not cold enough.

Quiz time!



the “TOEIC Time Expressions” quiz

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TOEIC Confusing Word Pairs

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Here are some of the most commonly confused English word pairs. By reading through the examples of each word, you will be able to recognise them and distinguish between their meanings in sentences. Try testing yourself at the end with our quiz!

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beside / besides

beside: preposition meaning ‘next to’, ‘at the side of’

Examples:

I sit beside John in class.
Could you get me that book? It’s beside the lamp.

besides: adverb meaning ‘also’, ‘as well’; preposition meaning ‘in addition to’

Examples:

(adverb) He’s responsible for sales, and a lot more besides.
(preposition) Besides tennis, I play soccer and basketball.

clothes / cloths

clothes: something you wear – jeans, shirts, blouses, etc.

Examples:

Just a moment, let me change my clothes.
Tom, get your clothes on!

cloths: pieces of material used for cleaning or other purposes.

Examples:

There are some cloths in the closet. Use those to clean the kitchen.
I have a few pieces of cloth that I use.

dead / died

dead: adjective meaning ‘not alive’

Examples:

Unfortunately, our dog has been dead for a few months.
Don’t touch that bird. It’s dead.

died: past tense and past participle of the verb ‘to die’

Examples:

His grandfather died two years ago.
A number of people have died in the accident.



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TOEIC Problems and Solutions 2

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Welcome to Love Speaking’s TOEIC problems and solutions blog post where you will be able to discover new ways to solve any errors you make in the reading section of the TOEIC test. The problem we will be looking at today is ‘Identifying Suggestions.’

Problem: The answer cannot be found in the statement

Solution: Look for an answer in the suggestion question itself

 

On the TOEIC test, we usually find answers in the statements. But sometimes the key to finding the answer is in the question. If you see or hear these question types, look or listen for answers about suggestions:

 

Shall we…

Why don’t we…

What if you…

If I were you, I’d…

You could always…

Maybe we should…

Let’s…

You may want to…

 

The answers to those questions are usually responses to a suggestion. The responses can either or positive (Let’s go!) or negative (Let’s not!).

TOEIC Test yourself!



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