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shutterstock_13659481This is part 4 of the TOEIC gerunds blogs, click here to read part 1 or click here to read part 2 or click here to read part 3.

Below you can read some of the rules and situations where the gerund 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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Phrasal verbs and gerunds

Gerunds are used with phrasal verbs that end in prepositions. Phrasal verbs are verb phrases which are made up of two or more words, generally the verb plus one or two prepositions. Not all phrasal verbs combine with other verbs. Here are some of the most common phrasal verbs that do combine with other verbs in the gerund form:

bring about   –   call off   –   check into   –   cut out      -   figure out

get over   –   look into   –   put off   –   take over

Examples:

The coach called off practicing for the day.
Laura looked into finding a new job.
She took a long time to get over losing her dog.



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TOEIC: English Gerund Part 2

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shutterstock_59706091This is part 2 of the TOEIC gerunds blogs, click here to read part 1.

Below you can read some of the rules and situations where the gerund 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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Verbs and Gerunds

There are many verbs that are always followed by the gerund form. Here are some of the most important:

deny   –   discuss   –   postpone   –   advise   –   regret

consider   –   avoid   –   suggest   –   recommend

Examples:

He avoided paying late fees on the account.

She denied knowing anything about the crime.

I postponed making a decision until Monday.

She regrets not studying French in college.

NOTE: Notice that the negative gerund form is ‘not + verb + ing’.



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Shes got strong negotiating skills but…..

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Key Phrases / Frases clave:

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to bring = traer

to feel = sentir

to improve = mejorar

to offer = ofrecer

to change = cambiar

waste time = perder el tiempo

solve the problem = solucionar el problema

work under pressure = trabajar bajo presión

weaknesses = debilidades

strengths = fortalezas

Read the conversation below / Lee la conversación de abajo:

A: Listen Amanda, what’s your impression of Karen, our supervisor? She doesn’t seem to get on well with the people in the department.

B: No, she doesn’t. She’s always kind of annoyed with everybody, she doesn’t ever praise anyone, she doesn’t even remember our names!

A:  Yeah, she doesn’t appear to enjoy her work anymore.

B: Richard says that she’s got strong negotiating skills.

A: Maybe, but I find working with her a bit difficult on a daily basis. For example, even though I arrive at 9:00 I have to wait an hour for her to turn up because she doesn’t get in until 10:00. Then she has her coffee and reads her mail so she doesn’t really start work much before twelve. I feel that we waste a lot of time every day and I’m sure it doesn’t make a very good impression on our clients. On the other hand, she stays in the office longer than me, and she always gives me that funny look when go home in the evening.

B: Evidently, being in the office from nine in the morning doesn’t count for her! What do your colleagues say about her?

A: She doesn’t really talk to anybody. She’s always busy or in a hurry, or late for a meeting… Many people say she doesn’t give them the support they need.

B: Do you think we should talk to Richard about this?

A: It’s a good idea.

True or false / Verdadero o falso:

1. Karen doesn’t seem to like her job:              T / F

2. She is a good negotiator:                                  T / F

3. She’s always relaxed and friendly:               T / F

4. She gets to work late:                                         T / F

5. She talks a lot during meetings:                     T / F

ANSWERS / RESPUESTAS

1. True

2. True

3. False

4. True

5. False

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TOEIC: English Gerund Part 1

Publicado el by ryan Publicado en Novedades, TOEIC | 1 Comentario

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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Ive got the references for the candidates

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Key Phrases / Frases clave:

keep in touch = mantenerse en contacto

deadline = fecha límite

she has a lot of strengths = tiene muchas fortalezas

as far as I know = que yo sepa, por lo que yo sé

skills and qualifications = habilidades y títulos

have a seat = siéntate / siéntese

interview people = entrevistar a gente

bump into each other = nos tropezamos/cruzamos

work as a team = trabajar en equipo

hard-working = trabajador (adj.)

Read the conversation below / Lee la conversación de abajo:

A: Hi Robin, do you have a minute? I’d like to talk you through the applications for job number FD/395. I’ve got the references for the candidates.

B: Ah, the Oslo job. Sure, come in and have a seat.

A: OK. So, we have Christina Noonan, she’s Irish. She is an experienced sales advisor in our Dublin branch.

B: What exactly does she do ?

A: She advises customers, processes customers’ orders and deals with queries and complaints.

B: And what does her reference say?

A: Well, it says she has a vast knowledge of mobile technology, she is reliable and popular with colleagues and customers.

B: That sounds excellent.  What languages does she speak?

A: Well, that’s a bit of a problem. She speaks only English.

B: Oh, what a pity. She sounds like a perfect candidate but the job requires knowledge of French or German. Now what about the other candidate?

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Son estos tus padres? = Are these your parents?

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KEY PHRASES OF THE WEEK / FRASES CLAVE DE LA SEMANA

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guapo – handsome

joven – young

a la derecha – on the right

a la izquierda – on the left

fuera de la oficina – out of office

mucho mejor – much better

si quieres – if you like

ordenado – tidy

desordinado – untidy

como ves – as you can see

FAMILY / FAMILIA

mujer, esposa - wife

marido, esposo – husband

hijo – son

hija – daughter

madre – mother

padre – father

hermana – sister

hermano – brother

abuela – grandmother

abuelo – grandfather

Read the conversation / Lee la conversacion:

A: Can I have a look at your family photo?

B: Sure. There are many photos.

A: Are these your parents?

B: Yes, this is my mother and father who both live in Australia.

A: And who are the people in this photo?

B: The tall man is my brother. The woman with the dog is my brother’s wife.

A: Are these their children?

B: Yes, they are. The boy’s name is Chris and the girl’s name is Alice. Look at this photo. These are my grandparents in their car. My grandmother is holding her cat. Its name is Snowy.

A: This photo looks old. It’s black and white.

B: Oh, it’s my school photo. These are my classmates and that’s our teacher, Mrs Burns.

A: Where are you?

B: I’m here, on the right. And here, behind me, is my best friend Sam, and his girlfriend.

Complete the quiz below! / Haz el concurso de abajo:



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Cuantos portatiles tenemos? = How many laptops do we have?

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KEY PHRASES OF THE WEEK / FRASES CLAVE DE LA SEMANA

Quite small – bastante pequeño

Over there – (por) allí

Colleague – compañero de trabajo

What about you? – ¿Y tú?

How many _____ do you need? - ¿Cuántos _____ necesitas?

OFFICE EQUIPMENT AND FURNITURE / EQUIPAMIENTO DE OFICINA Y MUEBLES

Laptop – portátil

Chair – silla

Door – puerta

File – archivo, archivador

Printer – impresora

Keyboard – teclado

Computer mouse – ratón

Loudspeakers – altavoces

To reserve – reservar

Conference room – sala de conferencias

Read the conversation / Lee la conversacion:

A: How many laptops have we got?

B: Three. They’re all in that big box near the door.

A: And where is the new printer?

B: It’s in that box, over there, near the window.

A: What do you need for your office?

B: We need three more chairs, five keyboards and lots of files.

A: All right. You can take them.

B: Can we have these computer mice, too?

A: No, sorry. We need them for these computers.

B: And what about those loudspeakers? Can we have them in our office?

A: No, sorry. They’re for the conference room.

Complete the quiz below! / Haz el concurso de abajo:



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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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Making suggestions! | English Tips

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, making suggestions is our grammar topic this week. Look at these examples and note them down.

 

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Making plans has never been easier!

How would you say?

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¿Vamos al concierto de U2? Tocan en Barcelona en Junio, ¿te apuntas?

Do you fancy going to the U2 concert? They are playing in Barcelona in June, are you up for it?

¡Claro, Vaya planazo!

Aboslutely, awesome plan!  Leer más

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