30 noviembre, 2012


Revision file 2
2A Adjectives as nouns, adjective order
a. 1. The Argentinians 2. The injured 3. The disabled 4. The French  5. The sick 6. The Italians 7. The homeless 8. The rich
b. 1. an intelligent young doctor 2. dirty old socks 3. a glamorous red leather jacket 4. a tall thin man  5. a wide sandy beach  6. a lovely new soft carpet 7. a smart Italian briefcase 8. a friendly big black dog
 2B Narrative tenses
a. 1. had been queuing 2. had stolen 3. had been raining 4. had have 5. hadn't changed 6.   had been sunbathing/ had forotten 7. had been arguing 8. had fallen
b. 1. were checking in 2. had won 3. had been looking 4. had forgotten 5. had arrived 6.   ran 7. went 8. was filling in 9. hurried 10. caught.
2C Adverbs and adverbial phrases
a. 1. He likes that book very much 2. √ 3. The fire engine arrived immediately 4. √ 5. √ 6. They won the game easily because they played excellently 7. I almost forgot his birthday. 8. Luckily, she had taken her umbrella 9. Rarely, they eat healthily 10. Apparently, Nick has been sacked.
b. 1. The house was badly damaged in the flood last summer 2.Obviously, we must do something quickly 3.Liam is sometimes at his friend's flat in the evening 4. He just burst in and didn't even say hello 5. She often drives extremely fast 6. Anna danced wonderfully at the ballet last night 7. Apparently, Tom nearly broke his arm when he was skiing. 8. My mother usually sleeps a little in the afternoon.

Brussels sees unemployment in Spain at over six million in 2013

1. records 2. to 3. which 4. Nevertheless 5. Currently 6. jobless 7. apart 8. labor 9. in 10. put.

Brussels tells Madrid to spend less on roads and more on jobs


1 from 2. so 3. promoting 4. dole  5. funds 6. investment 7.  budgets 8. rate 9. under 10. commitment. 

27 noviembre, 2012

Natural Conversations in English

Yesterday you asked me for Listenings; Here you can find them ;)

22 noviembre, 2012

2A GRAMMAR Past: Narrative tenses, used to and would.

2. had lived/ had been living 3. looked 4. would/ used to frown/ frowned 5. would/ used to wash/ washed 6. was playing 7. remembered 8. has told  9. jumped 10. passed/ was passing 11. had made 12. was awaiting/ awaited 13. heard 14. always got off/ would always/ always used to get off.


For those who asked me about the key for the Grammar Checker, I've written some of the answers here. I'll be posting them from time to time.

Revision file 1
a. 1. Do you ever send emails?
    2. When was the last time you went to the theatre?
    3. Could you tell me if there is a supermarket near here?
    4. Who usually cooks the lunch?
    5. Who do you like going out with?
    6. What do you like doing inn the evenings?
    7. What kind of jacket would you like to buy?
    8. Do you know what time the film finishes?
b. 1. ...do you eat...?
    2. ....wrote....?
    3. ......one ticket costs......?
    4. .....happened ......?
    5. Did you enjoy....?
    6. ...does Steve usualyy listen to?
    7. ....stole.....?
    8. ...the post office closes?
    9. ....are you meeting.....?
  10. ...she lives?

a. 1. isn't it?
   2. did...
   3. I didn't
   4. .... would I.
   5. He does..
   6. Has she?
   7. he won't.
   8. Can't you?
b. 1, I am.
    2. isn't it?
    3. It's...
    4. Do ....
    5. Have...
    6. I have
    7. I haven't....
    8. have I.
    9. Do you..
   10. I don't go...
   11. I don't...
   12. do I.

a. 1. √
   2. has phoned.
   3. they've been running.
   4. She hasn't seen.
   5. I've never meet.
   6. We've been learning
   7. I've been tidying.
   8. She's just left.
   9. have you had.
 10. has left.
b. 1. We have known..
    2. Have you slept...?
    3. hasn't done..
    4. they have moved.
    5. have Daisy and Adam been living..
    6. I haven't had...
    7. We have been walking....
    8. Have you been eating..?

16 noviembre, 2012

Linking words

Hi all,
Here you have a link for some explanations about linking words: Connectors and subordinators.
At the bottom of the page you have some exercises to practice.


Hi all,
Here is a video about Global Warming by Al Gore, his documentary "An Incovenient Truth". Try to fill in the gaps. It's really easy. You can check the answers in the comments.

The assumption is something like this. The earth is so big
We can't possibly have any lasting 1 _____________ impact
On the earth's environment.
And maybe that was true at one time, but it's not anymore.
And one of the reasons it's not true anymore
Is that the most vulnerable part of the earth's ecological system
Is the 2 ____________.
Vulnerable because it's so thin.
My friend, the late carl sagan, used to say,
"if you had a big globe with a coat of  3 ____________ on it,
"the thickness of that varnish relative to that globe
"is pretty much the same
"as the 4  ___________ of the earth's atmosphere
"compared to the earth itself."
And it's thin enough
That we are capable of changing its composition.
That brings up the basic science of global warming.
And I'm not gonna spend a lot of time on this because, uh, you know it well.
The sun's radiation comes in in the form of 5  ____________ waves
And that heats up the earth.
And then some of the radiation that is absorbed and warms the earth
Is 6  ____________ back into space
In the form of infrared radiation.
And some of the outgoing  7 ____________ radiation is trapped
By this layer of atmosphere and held inside the atmosphere.
And that's a good thing because it keeps the temperature of the earth
Within certain 8 ____________,
Keeps it relatively constant and livable.
But the problem is this thin layer of atmosphere is being 9  _______________
By all of the global warming pollution that's being put up there.
And what that does is it thickens this layer of atmosphere,
More of the 10 _____________ infrared is trapped.
And so the atmosphere heats up worldwide. That's global warming.

09 noviembre, 2012


8 a Collocations
short-term memory
jog someone’s memory
long-term memory
have a good memory
a visual memory
my earliest memory
a memory for (names)
a childhood memory
a vivid memory (of)
b. possible contexts for the expressions and their meanings.
1 A news item about rain and floods (= since people can remember).
2 A doctor talking about someone with a head injury (= he can’t remember things that happened recently).
3 A wife talking to a husband who forgot to pay the mortgage (= he has a very bad memory).
4 A salesman selling a computer (= computer memory).
5 Law students revising for an exam (= she can remember it).
6 Police questioning a witness to a crime (= he’s not sure what he remembers).

9. just  2 simply 3 only 4 simply 5 simply / really
10 a
 1 = it’s too much to cope with, I haven’t got time (e.g. to look after children)
2 = there are too many jobs to do at once (e.g. someone doing a very demanding job)
3 = it’s too risky (e.g. about investing money)
4 = there’s too much to do (e.g. about running a household)
5 = she can’t manage it all (e.g. about a very demanding job)
Sentences 1, 2, 4 and 5 can all be used in similar situations.

08 noviembre, 2012

Grammar 1C Pronouns

a. 2. It's 3. themselves 4. It's 5. you 6. you 7. there's 8. their 9. themselves 10. one another 11. they 12. there's.

b. 2. there 3. they 4. one 5. it 6. you 7. they 8. yourself 9. they 10. you 11. there 12.  it.

07 noviembre, 2012

Low-cost firms enjoy southern revival key

1 like 2. Has 3. By 4. In 5. Well 6.earlier 7.that  8. Despite 9. Within 10. Gloomier  11. Because 12. Than 13. Challenging 14. On 15. Which