Yesterday at 5pm, I was working in the office and drinking a coffee. “I was working” is an example of the past continuous. “To be” in the past and verb + ing We use it to speak about being in the middle of an action in the past. The action has started, but hasn’t finished. Listen to a song, with lots of examples of the Past Continuous: “Jealous Guy” by John Lennon. See how many examples of the Past Continuous you can hear.
How to ask for a favour in English: 1. Very formal: Could you possibly + verb + objective pronoun. Could you possibly help me finish the presentation? 2. Formal: Would you mind + verb ing + objective pronoun Would you mind helping me finish the presentation?
Use the word “as” instead of “because”. Example: We will no longer be able to continue supplying you as you have insisted on reducing prices. Or we can use “as” at the beginning of a sentence, with the exact same meaning. As you have insisted on reducing prices, we will no longer be able to continue supplying you. Use the word “however” instead of “but”. Example: Share Price has fallen by 5% recently. However, we feel that there will be a rebound soon. Another formal word we can use for “but” or “however” is “nevertheless”. Example: Product sales are excellent. Nevertheless, we are concerned about the increase in competition.
First idiom: To burn the midnight oil. Examples: I am very tired because yesterday I was burning the midnight oil. I finished the report at 2am this morning. I was burning the midnight oil! What do you think it means? It means to work late into the night. When was the last time you burnt the midnight oil?
I am speaking. What are you doing now? Answer: I am listening, I am reading, etc. Imagine it is 6 o’clock in the morning. What are you doing? Answer: I am sleeping It is the present continuous, we use it to speak about an action now.
Polls show that 75% of economists think… What do you think a “Poll” is? Another example: Polls show that PP would get 30% if there were an election. Yes, very good, Poll is Sondeo in Spanish. What do you think “pose a risk” is?. So risk is “riesgo”, but “pose a risk”?
With the modal verb “should”. So, example: My friends won the lottery. I didn’t buy a ticket. I should have bought a ticket. I made a mistake in the past. I didn’t buy a ticket. The correct action to take in the past was to buy a ticket. I should have bought a ticket. David Cameron should have resisted calls for a referendum.
(To be) Out to get you He is out to get me. What do you think that means? Example: He is always speaking badly about me to the boss. He is out to get me. Other example: Mary is out to get John. They both want the same promotion, and she will do anything to get it. It means to deliberately do damage to a person.
You have an interview in English with a multi-national. What questions will they ask you? There are standard interview questions that you will be asked. Question 1: What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your strong points and weak points?
How many cups of coffee have you drunk today? (Example answer: I have drunk 3 cups of coffee today) Subject (I) plus verb to have plus past participle. How many cups of coffee has your boss drunk today? (Example answer: He has drunk 6 cups of coffee) Third person singular: have changes to has.