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Uses of prepositions

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Prepositions show the relationship between nouns or pronouns.

They are used in a variety of situations, here are five circumstances:

Prepositions of place examples

My text book is on the desk.

Did you learn English in London?

Prepositions of time examples

We go camping in summer.

I'll call you on Friday.

Prepositions of direction examples

We not allowed into the kitchen.

What are conjunctions?

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Conjunctions are words that connect/join parts of a sentence. Today we look at five: and, or, so, because and but.

And

And is used to join words especially nouns and groups of words:

I have a brother and sister.

And is also used to describe actions that occur at the same time or after each other:

We watched a movie and ate popcorn.

She stopped walking and talked to me.

5 food and taste idioms

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Meat and Potatoes

The most basic and important part of something is the meat and potatoes.

The meat and potatoes of this newspaper is the business news.

Volunteer work is the meat and potatoes of the programme.

Meat and Drink

When you find a task, that others find difficult, easy and pleasant, it is meat and drink to you.

Most people dislike making speeches in front of audiences but it's meat and drink to me.

Vocabulary Lesson: English in the Premier League

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Living and working abroad is an amazing and challenging experience. You have to adapt to a new culture and a new way of life.

Would you love to live in another country, work in an international environment and be well paid? For football fans, the dream is England!

Friday 13th - Unlucky Day

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Did you know that Friday the 13th is considered an _1_ day in Western superstition?

Is this a superstition in your country too?

In English-speaking countries we also say, if you _2_ under a ladder, you will have bad luck.

Breaking a mirror will bring you seven _3_ of bad luck.

It's thought to be unlucky to _4_ an umbrella inside a house.

Vocabulary: Renting an apartment

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Looking for a place can be exciting but it's also likely to be a stressful experience.

Places to rent may be limited therefore it is important that you ask at your English school for advice on where to start searching.

The most important thing about renting an apartment is finding a place within your budget.

If places are too expensive you should consider getting a roommate to help with the rent.

In the news: Sam Smith at the Grammys

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Sam Smith has pretty much swept the board at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

The 22-year-old British soul singer was the big winnner at the 57th ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

He crowned his breakthrough year by winning four awards, from the six he was nominated for, including best new artist and record of the year.

5 idioms using nationalities

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1. Greek to me

Greek is the adjective form for the country Greece.

It's (all) Greek to me is used to describe something that is very confusing or not understandable.

I've tried reading the instructions but it's all Greek to me.

2. Go Dutch

Dutch is the adjective for the Netherlands, also known as Holland.

Nouns and their verb forms

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Today we look at some nouns, how they change into verbs and examples of use. English learners often confuse the noun form for the verb form when speaking, let's see if we can fix that problem for these words!

advice and advise

Advice (noun): My grandmother gave me some good advice.
Advise (verb): I advise you to travel abroad while you can.

Be and Have verbs

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As a main verb “to have” implies the meaning of possession.

What's the difference between is and has in this sentence:

Sophia is an English teacher, she has brown eyes.

Be verb

Is is used to say something about a person, thing, or state, to show a permanent or temporary quality, state, job, etc: