Monday, April 27, 2015

Multiple Word Verbs

Mix and Match

Complete the Sentences

Match up the Sentences

Match the Verbs and Definition

Mix and Match

Put in Order

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Too Much?

Match the Sentences

Complete the Sentences

Choose the correct answer

The Contract (Listening)

The Contract

Who said what

Match up the sentences

Complete the dialogues

Monday, April 20, 2015

Checking the Numbers (Listening)

Could, Describing Changes


'Could' is used to make polite requests. We can also use 'can' for these but 'could' is more polite.
  • Could you help me, please?
  • Could you lend me some money?
  • Could I have a lift?
  • Could I bother you for a moment?
If we use 'could' in reply to these requests, it suggests that we do not really want to do it. If you agree to the request, it is better to say 'can'.
  • Of course I can.
  • I could help you if it's really necessary but I'm really busy right now.
  • I could lend you some money but I'd need it back tomorrow without fail.
  • I could give you a lift as far as Birmingham.
'Could' is used to talk about theoretical possibility and is similar in meaning to 'might'.
  • It could rain later. Take an umbrella.
  • He could be there by now.
  • Could he be any happier?
  • It could be Sarah's.

Describing Changes

When we talk about changes, we often need to point out how big or rapid these changes have been. To do this, we need to use adjectives.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

(Beginners Level) Numbers (listening), Can, Cause and Effect



We use 'can' to talk about 'possibility'.
  • Can you do that?
  • I can't manage to do that.
  • You can leave your car in that parking space.
  • You cannot smoke in here.
Notice that there are two negative forms: 'can't' and 'cannot'. These mean exactly the same thing. When we are speaking, we usually say 'can't'.
We use 'can' to talk about 'ability'.
  • I can speak French.
  • I can't drive.
We use 'can' to ask for and give permission. (We also use 'may' for this but is more formal and much less common.)
  • Can I speak to you or are you too busy?
  • You can use my phone.
  • You can't come in.
We use 'can' in offers, requests and instructions.
  • Can I help?
  • Can you give me a hand?
  • When you finish that, you can take out the garbage.
We use 'can' with 'see' 'hear' 'feel' 'smell' 'taste' to talk about something which is happening now . (Where you would use the present continuous with most other verbs.)
  • I can smell something burning.
  • Can you hear that noise?
  • I can't see anything.
We can use 'can't' for deduction. The opposite of 'can't' in this context is 'must'.
  • You can't be hungry. You've just eaten.
  • You must be hungry. You haven't eaten anything all day.
  • He was in London one hour ago when I spoke to him. He can't be here yet.

Cause and Effect

When you are giving a presentation, your job is to not only present the facts but also to give the reasons (why), the purpose (objectives) and the results.
In a presentation, the language used is often very simple, much simpler than if we were writing.
For example:
  • We sold the land because we needed to release the cash.
  • We closed the offices in London because they were too expensive to run.
  • We set up the team to look at possible ways to improve efficiency.
  • We sold the land to get necessary capital for investment.

    • We sold the land and had enough cash to invest in new equipment.
    • We expanded the sales network and sales increased.