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CAE (C1): KNOWING PEOPLE

What might inspire you to become a better person? Are you an adventurous person or do you always look for the comfortable option? How would you describe yourself, as a perfectionist or easier going? If you were braver, what might you do differently in your life? What are the pros and cons of being a… Continue reading CAE (C1): KNOWING PEOPLE

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CAE (C1): LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX

Are you the kind of person who would prefer to stay in their comfort zone or are you into moving around? Have you always lived in the same place or have you changed cities? What pros or cons might living in a large city entail? If you could choose to live anywhere, where would you… Continue reading CAE (C1): LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX

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CAE (C1): LEISURE TIME QUESTIONS

How do you like to let your hair down and unwind? How often do you get to kick back and take it easy? Do you tend to take advantage of your leisure time? What can be the downside of having too much spare time? Which activities do you try to avoid doing in your free… Continue reading CAE (C1): LEISURE TIME QUESTIONS

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CONDITIONALS GRAMMAR

First (1st) conditional: We use the first conditional to speak about likely events e.g.        If I go shopping, I will buy some new trainers.   Word order change e.g.        If I go shopping, I will buy some new trainers. I will buy some new trainers if I go shopping.      NO COMMA   Change… Continue reading CONDITIONALS GRAMMAR

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CLEFT SENTENCES

A cleft sentence is used to put emphasis on a part of the sentence by making it the subject. We use cleft sentences, especially in speaking, to connect what is already understood to what is new to the listener. In cleft sentences we usually use an IT CLAUSE and WHAT + CLAUSE. The information that… Continue reading CLEFT SENTENCES

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ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS

THE USE OF ADJECTIVES IN LANGUAGE MAKE IT FAR MORE INTERESTING AND IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT LEARNERS OF ENGLISH UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AND ADJECIVE AND AN ADVERB.   AN ADJECTIVE IS A WORD NAMING AN ATTRIBUTE OF A NOUN WHERE AS AN ADVERB IS A WORD THAT MODIFIES THE MEANING OF AN ADJECIVE, VERB… Continue reading ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS

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COMPARATIVES GRAMMAR

We use comparative to talk about the similarities and differences between different things.   Comparing two things: She is taller than me.                                      You are better looking than your dad.   Comparing a group of things: It is the tallest building.                                 They are the most expensive glasses in the shop.   Similarities: I am as funny… Continue reading COMPARATIVES GRAMMAR

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CAUSATIVE GRAMMAR

The causative is used when we pay, make or delegate someone else to do something for us.   FORM = NOUN + HAVE/GET + NOUN + PAST PARTICIPLE (+ BY/WITH + NOUN/SUBJECT)   Examples:                                                                                           Meaning: I get my hair cut by the barber on Main Street.                  The barber on Main Street cuts my hair. I… Continue reading CAUSATIVE GRAMMAR

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ARTICLES GRAMMAR

THE (Definite article) We use the definite article to speak about specific things: Singular g. Can you pass me the pen, please?  (the pen we were talking about) Plural g. I have got the apples that you asked for.   A/AN (Indefinite articles) We use the indefinite articles to speak about non specific things: Singular… Continue reading ARTICLES GRAMMAR

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INVERSIONS GRAMMAR

Inversions are used to make sentences more formal, they are not so much used in spoken English as written but they do appear in the use of English and writing parts of the exam.   Negative adverbs: Never, seldom, rarely, hardly, Not until, at no time, under no circumstances, at no point, little, not only… Continue reading INVERSIONS GRAMMAR