Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

lunes, 31 de octubre de 2016

Presenting a piece of news

We have just seen the PERFECT TENSES and one of its uses is when presenting a piece of news (for further information have a look at my site) and watch these two New That's English episodes (module 6):   Unit 1A   &   Unit 1B  

Heathrow Airport expansion approved by government - and a top Tory MP is resigning in protest (Daily mirror)

"The government has chosen to expand Heathrow Airport over its rival Gatwick in a move that will affect Britain's future for decades.
The long-awaited decision was taken by a nine-strong Cabinet committee at Downing Street today in 75 minutes - after 40 years of debate and delay." (...)


Episode 261012 / 26 October 2016   >>>  Expressions presented: given the green light, severity & charity.  (Heathrow Airport expansion approved)


Exercises on the difference between the PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE AND THE PAST SIMPLE:


Match the sentences 1-10 with suitable contexts a-j.

1. My parents have lived in London for three years.      a. There's a good film on this week.
2. My parents lived in London three years.                   b. The students are still waiting for the teacher.
3. Have you eaten breakfast?                                       c. It is eight o'clock in the morning.
4. Did you eat breakfast?                                             d. It is eight o'clock at night.
5. I hope you have enjoyed the party.                           e. The party has just finished or is just about to finish.
6. I hope you enjoyed the party.                                   f. There was a good film on last night.
7. The teacher hasn't come.                       g. They live in London now.
8. The teacher didn't come.                       h. The party was last week.
9. Have you seen that film?                        i. The students waited for the teacher and the lesson is now over. 
10. Did you see that film?                          j. They lived there from 1980 to 1983.

Use the correct form of the verbs in brackets + FOR, SINCE, AGO (...) in the following sentences.

1. I (not speak) ___________________ to her .............. she (go) ___________ to London.
2. He (leave) ______________ school three years ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, , then he (work) _____________ in France .............. a few months before coming back to England.
3. She (have) ______________ a headache .................. she (get) _____________ up this morning.
4. How long (you know) _________________ him? ................... I (be) ____________ ten years old.
5. I (be) _____________ here ..................... an hour! Where (you be) ________________?
6. He (just get) _________________ a new job, and he's going to work in the States ............... two years.
7. I (have) _____________ this car ................. six years, and it (never break down) ______________.
8. It's two weeks ............... I last (see) ______________ him.

Listening exercise to do: How do you read your news? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

News Review : Study into women's drinking habits

English at university: Registration (episode 5)

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