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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: 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: 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 (?).

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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.

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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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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.

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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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