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shutterstock_55953016This week the grammar point we are focusing on is the gerund form of the verb. Below you can read some of the rules and situations where it is used, with some examples to help you understand it’s usage. Then test your knowledge with the quiz at the bottom by choosing the correct gerund verb to fill the blank space.

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Introduction to the gerund

The English gerund form of the verb is the ‘ing’ form of the verb. Gerunds are verbs that are used as nouns. In other words, by adding ‘ing’ to any verb you can change that verb into a noun. Gerunds are often used at the beginning of sentences when focusing on activity as the subject of conversation.

Examples:

Playing tennis is good for your health, and good fun!
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It’s also possible to use gerunds in any other position in a sentence. As a direct object of a verb:

Examples:

Hanna enjoys listening to classical music.
Jason admits spending too much money on toys.

Gerund and propositions

English Gerunds are also objects of prepositions. This means that whenever a verb follows a preposition, use the gerund or ‘ing’ form of the verb.

Examples:

I looked into buying a new computer.
Sally was afraid of walking alone in the dark.



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TOEIC: All About Money

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TOEICFor today’s TOEIC blog, we are focusing on some activities related to money. Below you can read some related phrases with the main verbs highlighted and also given in the simple past tense. The definitions are also included beside each phrase. You can then test your knowledge with the quiz at the bottom to see if you can now use these phrases in sentences.

Useful phrases

Earn money (earned) = to get money by working

Inherit money (inherited) = to receive money from someone who has died

Invest money in something (invested) = to buy shares for example in a business with the aim to make a profit

Withdraw money (withdrew) = to take money out of a bank account

Waste money (wasted) = to use money to buy something you don’t need

Pay someone back money (paid) = to return money that you have borrowed

Lose money (lost) = the opposite of win or find

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Discussion questions:

  • Have you ever lost any money?
  • Which companies would you like to invest your money in now?
  • Have you ever found any money? Did you keep it?
  • Do you owe anybody money?
  • Have you ever borrowed money from someone but never paid it back?

Quiz!



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TOEIC: Possessive ‘s

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shutterstock_24057424This week in the TOEIC practice blog, we are focusing on the possessive ‘s, used to show possession of objects of singular and plural nouns.  Take a look at the rules below and see if you can complete the quiz at the end of the blog to test your knowledge of this topic.

When we want to show that something belongs to somebody or something, we usually add ‘s to a singular noun and an apostrophe ‘ to a plural noun, for example:

  • the boy’s ball (one boy)
  • the boys’ ball (two or more boys)

Notice that the number of balls does not matter. The structure is influenced by the possessor and not the possessed.  Some other examples include:

  • my brother’s favourite movie (one brother)
  • my brothers’ favourite movie (two or more brothers)

You can also use ‘s after more than one name or noun like in the example below:

  • Kathryn and Adam’s wedding (not “Kathryn’s and Adam’s wedding”)

However, we normally do not ‘s for objects and ideas:

  • the name of the movie (not “the movie’s name”)
  • the beginning of the week (not “the week’s beginning”)



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TOEIC: Prepositions

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shutterstock_57904150Prepositions indicate relationships between words or ideas. Most prepositions deal with location and are easy to learn, but some can be difficult to recognise and use since they can be interchangeable. Some examples are included below:

above

inside

beside

near

below

outside

beyond

nearby

between

over

around

behind

Rules

Take a note of the following rules regarding propositions:

  • Generally, in, on and at indicate location.
  • To and from imply movement toward or away from something. However, to can also function as part of an infinitive.
  • To and for can introduce indirect objects.
  • For and since can also indicate duration.

Verbs with prepositions

Some prepositions can be used together with verbs, such as:

  • accuse (someone) of (doing something)
  • agree on (topic)
  • argue with (someone) about (topic)
  • introduce (someone) to (someone else)
  • participate in (something)
  • take advantage of (someone/something/ situation)
  • travel to (somewhere)

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TOEIC: Demanding explanations

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shutterstock_46314979Sometimes, things happen that we would like explained and we must demand explanations. For example, if you have just bought a new computer and there is a problem. Read on below to see some examples of questions you can use to demand an explanation and how you can form them.

There are a number of formulas used when demanding explanations in English. Here are some of the most common:

  • Can you tell me why…
  • I don’t understand why…
  • Can you explain why..

Construction

Can you tell me why it has taken you so long to respond?

Use ‘Can you tell me why’ a full clause in the positive statement form. Notice that this is an indirect question and requires a question mark (?).
I don’t understand why it has taken you so long to respond. Use ‘I don’t understand why’ a full clause in the positive statement form. Notice that this is a statement and does NOT require a question mark (?)
Can you explain why it has taken you so long to respond? Use ‘Can you explain why’ a full clause in the positive statement form. Notice that this is an indirect question and requires a question mark (?).

Quiz time!



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TOEIC: That’s not a noun!

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shutterstock_57325921Carrying on from last Tuesday’s TOEIC blog ‘That’s not a verb!’, today we bring you ‘That’s not a noun!’ Incredibly all of these  verbs below can also be used as nouns. Read the meanings of each of these words as a noun and as a verb and complete the quiz below to see if you can select the correct verb or noun to fill in the blank spaces.

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Vocabulary List

STAND:

  • (verb): To rise to an upright position on the feet
  • (noun): A booth, stall, or counter for the display of goods for sale.

FLY:

  • (verb): To travel through the air
  • (noun): A flying insect

SWIM:

  • (verb): movement through water
  • (noun): the act of swimming

DROP:

  • (verb): to fall from a high point to a lower point
  • (noun): a small quantity of liquid

PLAY:

  • (verb): to occupy yourself in amusement
  • (noun): a literary work written for performance on stage

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TOEIC: That’s not a verb!

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shutterstock_57325921For today’s TOEIC Tuesday blog, we are looking at some nouns which can also be used in sentences as verbs. Below you will find a list of some nouns with their meanings as a noun, but also  as a verb to help you decide which to select when completing the quiz at the bottom of this blog post.

Vocabulary list

PICTURE: 

  • (noun.): a visual representation of something
  • (verb.): to form a mental picture of or to imagine something

HAND:

  • (noun.): the body part consisting of the fingers and thumb
  • (verb.): to deliver or pass on with your hands

RADIO:

  • (noun.): technology used to send or receive radio communications
  • (verb.): to transmit a message via radio

CLOCK:

  • (noun.): an instrument for measuring and recording time
  • (verb.): to time, test or determine by means of a clock or watch

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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.

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