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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!).

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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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So do we all agree?

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Today’s blog is going to help you learn some English words and phrases when coming to an agreement (or disagreement!). You can familiarise yourself with some phrases below and then see if you can put them into each of their categories as stated and then test yourself by filling in the gaps in our quiz!

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Useful phrases

I completely agree.

I’m sorry. I can’t agree with you.

I reckon John has made a good point.

Yes, I’d go along with that.

I understand your point of view, but…

I disagree.

Well, yes and no.

I think we need to agree to disagree.

That’s not how I see it.

So, we’re all in agreement then?

Now, decide which of the useful phrases are for agreeing, disagreeing, partly agreeing or reaching an agreement.

Answers

I completely agree. – AGREEING

I’m sorry. I can’t agree with you. – DISAGREEING

I reckon John has made a good point. – AGREEING

Yes, I’d go along with that. – AGREEING

I understand your point of view, but… – PARTLY AGREEING  

I disagree. – DISAGREEING

Well, yes and no. – PARTLY AGREEING

I think we need to agree to disagree. – REACHING AGREEMENT

That’s not how I see it. - DISAGREEING

So, we’re all in agreement then? – REACHING AGREEMENT 



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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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Perfecting presentations

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This week’s learning blog is about giving presentations for work or at school or university. Below you will find some helpful tips when giving a presentation and some useful phrases to include, and then you can test yourself with our quiz where you must fill in the gaps with the correct word of phrase. Haz click para conocer los mejores Cursos de Inglés Online

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Useful phrases

  • Thank you for joining me here today.
  • Thank you for listening. Does anyone have any questions?
  • First, I’ll talk about…
  • Today, I’m going to talk about…
  • Here you can see that…
  • I’d like to end by summing up the main points.

Presentation tips

  • Speak slowly and calmly
  • Show colourful visual diagrams to complement what you say
  • Keep eye contact with the audience
  • Be enthusiastic about the topic
  • Have a clear conclusion where you recap the most important points
  • Spend time structuring the presentation beforehand



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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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EL MUNDO DE LA PUBLICIDAD EN INGLES

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The world of advertising

Nuestro nuevo post de hoy trata sobre el mundo de la publicidad y los slogans. ¡Pon a prueba tu inglés y tus conocimientos sobre  publicidad con nuestro test de vocabulario al final del blog!

Every day we see lots of different advertisments on the television, on the radio, and in newspapers. Below are some examples of famous companies and their slogans. How many do you recognise?

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Slogans

Kentuckey Fried Chicken - “Finger lickin’ good.”

L’Oreal - “Because I’m worth it.”

McDonalds - “I’m lovin’ it!”

Nike - “Just Do It.”

Coca-Cola - “It’s the real thing.”

Kelloggs Frosties - “They’re grrrreat!”

Gilette – ” The best a man can get.”

Clairol – “Does she or doesn’t she?”



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