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Frequent mistakes 2010

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  • 1. Frequent mistakes 2010
    • by Eva María Suárez Guillén
  • 2. NEAR +NO PREPOSITION   
    •  
    • The preposition "near" is never followed by another prepostion: "He's near the window"
  • 3. ARRIVE IN/AT
    • To arrive in (big place)
    • To arrive at (small place)
    • "He arrived in Seville/Africa"
    • "I arrived at the party at... 8 o'clock"
  • 4. PREPOSITION + ING
    • After prepositions, verbs always take “-ing”:
        • I’m tired of working.
        • I’m used to sharing.
        • I’m looking forward to seeing you.
        • I’ll go after finishing my work.
  • 5. to dream of/about
    • I was dreaming of you.
    • I was dreaming about going to Alaska.
  • 6. TELL AND SAY
      • If you know when to use them, visit our blog:
    http://englishinguiaintermedio.wordpress.com/2009/11/08/tell-and-say/
  • 7. for /since
    • Please check your grammar book. This was seen in básico 2.
  • 8. for /since
    • When did it start raining? (past simple)
      • An hour ago.
    • How long has it been raining? (present p.)
      • It’s been raining for an hour/since 1 o’clock.
  • 9. for /since
      • We use both for and since to say how long something has been happening with present perfect.
  • 10. for /since
      • For: It is used with periods of time:
        • For 20 minutes, for an hour, for two years, etc. (with present perfect)
  • 11. for /since
        • We do not use for + all:
          • We’ve been here all day.
  • 12. for /since
          • We can say: It’s a long time since...(something happened).
          • How long is it since... (something happened)?
  • 13. for /since
      • Since: It is used to talk when something started: since last year, since 2002, etc. (with present perfect).
      • For present simple we use ago.
  • 14. Would you like to...?
    • Would you like to go to the cinema?
    • Never use ING with this expression
  • 15. ago / before
    • When telling what happened in the past, or using indirect speech, ago is substituted by before.
    • In that moment, I had been working for the same company since 5 years before / for 5 years.
  • 16. "People" is always plural
    • People usually go to the beach in summer.  
    •  
  • 17. realise / notice
    • Realise: become fully aware of (something) as a fact; understand clearly : he realised his mistake at once | they realised that something was wrong | she had not realised how hungry she was.
    • You realise something using your brain, connecting ideas.x
  • 18. realise / notice
    • Notice: become aware of : he noticed the youths behaving suspiciously |I noticed that she was looking tired they were too drunk to notice.
    • You notice something with your senses.