Picking up the texts again!
Long time no see. I have almost repaired my personal computer but I need to download the Word program in order to continue working as we have done. I think that I have improved my English skills a little. I can understand more words when I see an English film, I have resolved many grammar doubts and I have learnt news. Besides, thanks to you, I guess that I can write more
and better than I used to do. However, I must recognize that I haven’t studied as much as I have to. On the one hand, I have been busy with my work. On the other hand, I have continued doing the activities that I like doing/to do; sport
ing and taking my dog for a long walks, and, on weekends, I have traveled a lot.
I still go to my academy twice a week; and, although, we have changed our teachers
in two times/twice, it is a good academy. In July, we will start an intensive course that I will enjoy it. We will have two hour s lessons per day lessons in 6 people groups
of six people. I suppose that it could be a good chance for preparing for the FIRST exam. If I study hard I would be able to review exam topic during August, and, with a little more effort I would be able to get by in the exams
on in September. It is an awful idea to study in summer, but, to say tell the true truth, I ate hate the summer in Madrid. My house has not doesn´t have/hasn´t got/has no swimming pool and I fell feel so hot that I can´t do anything but being/stay in my house and drink water. Last summer, I learnt informatics IT (information technology) in an academy while all people were
in everybody was at the beach.
Thinking about the best strategy to prepare for the September´s exam, I concluded that I should use the grammar structures that we have learnt in the academy. Besides, I would need to
review revise your writing advice s/tips But, the most relevant thing that I should do is to try to use the different kinds of writing forms used in the FIRST exam. I must learn the formal language and the most commons structures explained in the book´s topics. I will have two writing exercises; and, although, I am getting used to writing more than I will need in the exams, I can´t write in the right and formal style. Obviously, I must study specific language established in the topics. If I did those things, I would get by in the exam!
Work is uncountable
Job is countable
They both mean the same thing at times but the use is slightly
I have a job.
I have work. (no a)
You have done a good
job. You have done
good work. (no a)
Resume (resium) in English means to restart
something you were doing before stopping.
We don´t need to repeat the pronoun at the end of the sentences with
We will start an intensive course that I will enjoy
The word “that” is the relative pronoun. That I will enjoy: lo que disfrutaré
That I will enjoy it: lo que disfrutaré a ello
There is no need for “a ello”
at the end.
This is the book that I am reading. No “it” at the end. The object is
mentioned in the form of the relative pronoun.
We are the people that they want. Not:
we ate the people that they
From now on, in order for me to mark your work, could you please write
in response to instructions given in the writing tasks in the FCE preparation
material? Please, send me the instructions of the tasks that you will be
following. I need to see how well you have met the objectives, the requirements
of register/style and many other things.
All the people: everyone,
All the things: everything
Hate, like, love and prefer
We can use hate, like, love and prefer with an –ing form
or with a to-infinitive:
I hate to
see food being thrown away.
I love going
to the cinema.
I prefer listening
to the news on radio than watching it on TV.
He prefers not
to wear a tie to work.
In American English, the forms
with to-infinitive are
much more common than the –ing form.
There is a very small
difference in meaning between the two forms. The –ing form emphasises
the action or experience. The to-infinitive
gives more emphasis to the results of the action or event. We often use the –ing form
to suggest enjoyment (or lack of it), and the to-infinitive form to express habits or preferences.
I like making
He likes telling
They don’t like sitting
emphasis on the experience/action
We have a lot of fruit in
I prefer to
If you prefer not
a habit or preference
The –ing form is more common than
the to-infinitive form
after hate and love:
I hate decorating.
I’d rather pay a professional to do it.
Would + hate, like, love, prefer
When we use would or ’d with hate, like, love, prefer, we use
the to-infinitive, not
the –ing form:
love to hear you sing.
We would love.
hearing you sing
hate to cause a problem.
causing a problem
prefer not to give you my name.
I’d prefer not.
giving you my name