Listening – office

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Hello again. I have a new listening activity for you. Number four on this list – http://englishgrammarsecrets.com/exercises/listening/menu.php Full of flu so won’t write any more. Pearson BROWN admin Please enter the biographical info from the user profile screen.

Customer Orders

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Hello again. I have an exercise for you about dealing with customer orders. You will find it at number 10 on this list : http://englishgrammarsecrets.com/exercises/vocabulary/menu.php Just a reminder that my exercises are only guaranteed to work on computers such as PCs or Macs. I am experimenting with some new software which also works on telephones […]

Meetings vocabulary 3

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Hello again. I have produced another set of exercises on Meetings vocabulary. Scroll down to the last exercise on this page http://englishgrammarsecrets.com/exercises/vocabulary/menu.php The first of November was a public holiday here in France. It is called All Saints Day and is a day when many people visit cemeteries to remember the dead. the flowers they […]

A new listening text

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Hello again. I had a great time on Friday. My friend and I had been told that a supermarket near us in Spain had a section containing a lot of English food. Although we eat well in France and have ready access to the good food in Spain, we thought it would be interesting to […]

Should plus the -ing form

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Hello again. I have been travelling a bit recently, both within France and in Spain. Although I live in France, the nearest big city to me is Barcelona. I haven.’t visited there very much because I find the driving in big cities too difficult these days. However, there is now a very fast and cheap […]

Multi-word verbs

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Hello again. We are still having lovely days here but the evenings are getting cold. As a result, everybody I know has got a head cold. Noses are streaming, eyes are watering, ears and throats are aching. Today we have some exercises on multi-word verbs. Look at exercise 6 http://englishgrammarsecrets.com/exercises/vocabulary/menu.php Pearson BROWN admin Please enter […]

Grammar Revision

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Hello again. Today I have some grammar revision for you. It shouldn’t cause you too many problems. Look at Units 4 and 5 here http://englishgrammarsecrets.com/exercises/grammar/menu.php These exercises will not work on many tablets and phones but I am testing out some new software that works with these. More on this very soon. Pearson BROWN admin […]

Meetings

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Hello again. I don’t like meetings – and I think many of you will feel the same 🙂 However, they are a fact of life for many of us. So today we have some useful vocabulary to do with meetings : http://englishgrammarsecrets.com/exercises/vocabulary/menu.php Click down to Unit 5. Pearson BROWN admin Please enter the biographical info […]

Sport

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Hello again. Here are some vocabulary exercises on SPORT. http://englishgrammarsecrets.com/exercises/vocabulary/menu.php I won’t write more as I am off to do some sport 🙂 Pearson Brown admin Please enter the biographical info from the user profile screen.

Socializing

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Hello again. I have some exercises today on ‘socialising’. My spell checker thinks I have made a “mistake” there because my spell checker is American and I am British. We tend to write words like this with an “ise” ending though it is still correct to use the common American ending of “ize”. So if […]

Stative Verbs and Passives

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Hello again. I have produced some exercises on stative verbs and on the passive. They are items two and three on this page. http://englishgrammarsecrets.com/exercises/grammar/menu.php Time to get in the swimming pool. Oh, I don’t have one. Luckily, my friends are building one at this precise minute. 😉 Pearson admin Please enter the biographical info from […]

Listening

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Hello again. Thanks for all your good wishes. My eye test was a success. It is very hot here. Too hot to work 😉 But I have got some new listening tasks available for you at the bottom of this page: http://englishgrammarsecrets.com/exercises/listening/menu.php Have a great week. Pearson BROWN admin Please enter the biographical info from […]

Vocabulary and Grammar

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Bonus English Lessons – VocabularySent Monday, July 1, 2013  Hello again. At long last, the summer has arrived here. After being cold for so long, I am now struggling to sleep at night because it is too hot.  I am never satisfied 🙂 From my balcony, I have a wonderful view of the mountains on […]

Back again ;-)

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Sorry about the long gap. I have been having big problems with my eyes. Here is a listening activity with three exercises. http://englishgrammarsecrets.com/exercises/listening/menu.php   admin Please enter the biographical info from the user profile screen.

Like

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You probably know that the verb like can be followed by either the -ing form or by an infinitive. I like going to the cinema I like to see all the latest movies. Often these two forms mean exactly the same thing but there can be a difference between them. When we use like to […]

Just

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Just can be used as an adjective. It is related to the idea of  ‘justice’ and usually means ‘proper’ or ‘correct’. He is a just man. I think their punishment was just. There is an expression just deserts which means that someone got the punishment they deserved. Twenty years in prison? I think he got […]

Word Grammar – Know

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Know can be used as a noun in a couple of expressions. If you are in the know you have been told confidential information. For those of you not already in the know, Jane and I are getting married. If you have know-how. you have expertise. Does he have the technical know-how to work on this project? […]

Questions and Answers

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Here are some ways of dealing with questions when you are the SPEAKER: When you don’t want to answer: To be honest, I’m not really the person to ask about that. When someone interrupts you: Sorry, could I just finish? When you finally understand what they want to know: Oh I see. So what you […]

Let

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We can use let to mean to rent out a house. We moved to Australia and let our house in London. A major use of let is for talking about ‘allowing’ and ‘permission’. My mother let me come. I let her leave early. One pattern is let followed by an OBJECT followed by a BARE INFINITIVE She let […]

Answering/not answering questions

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Here are some useful expressions for when you are making a presentation or talk, perhaps in a meeting or in a congress or perhaps more informally in a discussion around the coffee machine. Or, if you work at Google, over the table football or going down the slide 😉 Are there any questions? That is […]