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TOEIC Problems and Error Correction

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TOEIC correctionWelcome to Love Speaking’s TOEIC problems and error correction 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 in this blog are similar words.

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TOEIC Problem: Similar Words

It is easy to confuse words that have similar meanings or similar spellings. However, these words CANNOT be interchanged. Check out some examples below:

  • accept / except
  • advise / advice
  • affect / effect
  • lose / loose
  • say / tell

Solution: Pay attention to both the meaning and spelling of the word

EXAMPLES

1. Incorrect: Mr. Chang said his secretary to schedule a meeting.

Correct: Mr. Chang told his secretary to schedule a meeting.

2. Incorrect: My shoelace is lose.

Correct: My shoelace is loose.

EXPLANATION

1. ‘Say’ is followed by a direct object. ‘Tell’ is followed by an indirect object. Use ‘say’ when you just say something. (Mr. Chang said to schedule a meeting.) Use ‘tell’ when you say something to someone else. (Mr Chang. told his secretary to schedule a meeting.)

2. The spelling of a word can change it into a different word. To ‘lose’ something means that you cannot find it. Check the spelling; ‘lose’ should be ‘loose’, which means not tight. 

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TOEIC Reading Practice: Vocabulary

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When doing reading practice and trying to discover the meaning of words, you can often use other words in the same sentence or in the nearby sentences as clues to get an idea of the meaning of the expression. These surrounding words are called the context. The following can also help you discover the meaning of a word:

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Synonyms

The first state to institute compulsory education was Massachusetts, which made it mandatory for students to attend school twelve weeks a year.

  • The word ‘mandatory’ is a synonym for compulsory. If it is mandatory to attend school, then compulsory education must mean “mandatory”, “required”, “necessary”.

Word analysis

A tiger standing in tall grass is almost invisible because of its striped markings.

  • The prefix in- often means “not”. The root -vis- means “see.” The suffix -ible means “able to be.” Even if you are not familiar with the word ‘invisible’, you could probably guess that it means “not able to be seen.”

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TOEIC Error Correction: Improve your score!

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This week’s blog relates to learning about the correct use and rules of certain phrases when making plans: will, going to, bound to, sure to, likely to, might, may and could. Read the explanations and examples below and test yourself at the end with our quiz.

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TOEIC Error Correction

Will / Going To

We can use will and going to to make predictions about the future. Sometimes there is not much difference between will and going to.

  •                     I think the weather will be nice later.
  •                     I think the weather is going to be nice later.

We say something is going to happen because we have some physical evidence.

  •                    I think it’s going to rain. (because there are clouds in the sky)
  •                    I think I’m going to be sick. (because I feel terrible now)

Do not use will in these situations. We use will to make predictions when we feel something will happen because of intuition or experience.

Be bound to / Be sure to

We use be bound to/be sure to to say something is certain to happen.

  •                     He’s bound to be late.
  •                     He’s sure to be late.

Be likely to

We use Be likely to to say something probably will or won’t happen.

  •                      Peter’s likely to get the job. OR It’s likely Peter will get the job.
  •                      Jane isn’t likely to get the job. OR It’s not likely Jane will get the job.

Might / May / Could

We use might/may/could to say something possibly will or won’t happen.

  •                      Peter might get the job.

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It’s a lovely day, isn’t it?

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Today we are going to look at question tags and reply questions. Read the information below and learn how to form question tags and reply questions paying close attention to the exceptions. Then test your knowledge with our quiz below to see how much you have learned. Let’s begin! Haz click para conocer los mejores Cursos de Inglés Online

Question tags and reply questions

 

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Cuales son los pros y los contras?

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pros and cons

In an argument, do you normally take one side or the other, or do you like to present both sides of the debate? Do you find it easy or difficult to disagree with people in a debate? These are some good discussion questions about our blog topic for today: discussing advantages and disadvantages.

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Useful phrases

 Advantages

  • The benefit of…
  • The upside of…
  • The good thing about that is (that)…
  • The advantages of doing that are (that)…
  • The plus side of…

Disadvantages

  • The problem with that is…
  • The downside is (that)…
  • The bad thing about that is…
  • The negatives points are…
  • The disadvantages are…

Example phrases

  • The good thing about Facebook is that it allows you to connect with your friends and family
  • The downside of Facebook is that it encourages people to spend more time online
  • The benefit of finding a job is that you get to earn money
  • The negative point of finding a job is that you have to work long hours 

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¿Que vas a hacer esta noche?

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Making personal arrangements

El post de hoy está dedicado a aprender a hacer planes en las conversaciones con tus amigos. El siguiente ejemplo muestra cómo hacer, rechazar y aceptar sugerencias en una conversación entre dos amigos, Jean y Tom.

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Example

JEAN: Hi Tom. Do you fancy doing something tonight?

TOM: Sure, how about going to see a film?

JEAN: Hmm. I went to the cinema yesterday, I don´t really want to go again so soon. How about going somewhere for a meal, instead?

TOM: That sounds like a good idea! What kind of food do you fancy?

JEAN: How about trying the new pizza place that´s just opened?

TOM: PerfectShould I pick you up at around seven thirty?

JEAN: Thanks, that would be great. See you then.



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Monday morning blues!

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Oh don’t we all have that sinking sensation on our stomach as Monday morning approaches! I’ve just had a wonderful weekend walking in the countryside, scrambling over rocks and best of all celebrating birthday parties! I’ve been baking  and trying to become a domestic goddess. Now one of the most traditional birthday cakes in England is the Victoria Sponge cake. It’s a simple recipe to follow and it’s absolutely delicious. It’s also a good way to practice your English by looking through food blogs! And even if you don’t fancy whipping up  a cake, there is some good imperatives which you can practice.

Vocabulario : Word up!
  • sinking sensation = tener un mal presentimiento
  • Baking = haciendo pasteles
  • whipping up = preparar rápido

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Don’t forget imperatives are the base verb!

Read the instructions!

Preheat the oven.
Cream the butter and the sugar. (batir juntos)
Beat in the eggs. (batir)
Fold in the flour. (incorporar algo a algo)
Bake for 20 minutes. (hornear)
Spread the jam on the cooked cakes.(untar)
Add some strawberries for improved flavour.

Vocabulario Culinario : Word up!
  • cream = tener un mal presentimiento
  • Beat = haciendo pasteles
  • Fold in = preparar rápido
  • Bake = hornear
  • Spread = untar

Good luck with your cake!

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Monday morning – What’s your weekly objective?

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Buenos dias, Love Speaking Friends!

I am beginning to consider those of you who read, digest and learn from Magazine as friends or at least partners in learning. This week we have got a real treat for you!

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Our tip of the week: Plan on Monday. What bits of the magazine are you  going to look at? What would you like to have your telephone class on?

Nuevo vocabulario

to head up: to travel to

to catch up: to exchange news

This Monday!

Can you tell me which if these 3 phrases is NOT corrrect?



 

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What’s your favourite fad?

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Welcome de nuevo a Loves Speaking blog.

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In our features section we look at the rise and fall of the fad!  ¿Que está de moda en tu ciudad?

Fill in the gaps.

1. What is the ………………fad to hit your city?

a) last

b) latest

c) new

In Lifestyle we look at a question that has been confusing people for years!

Are you one of the few who knows the difference between interested and interesting?

Test your knowlege

Which phrase should have “interested” and which phrase should have “interesting”?

The film was so …………………… that I felt I really learnt a lot!

I am really ………………… in learning how to play golf!

 

Rather or Prefer | Bilinguismo

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Lovespeaking looks to the future!

¡Love Speaking mira al futuro!

We look at the pros and cons of bringing up a billingual child. We also look at expressing preferences.  Did you know the main difference between would rather and prefer?

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¿Que te mola mas? What would you rather have?

In English we use ‘prefer’ to indicate something that we like in general whereas ‘would rather’ is specific.

Fill in the gaps: RATHER or PREFER
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I asked Anna who she ……………… take out for the evening?

She said that she’d ………………… David by far!

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