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“Hi. Do you have any vacancies?”

“HI. DO YOU HAVE ANY VACANCIES?”

English Lesson: Hi. Do you have any vacancies?

You had to travel to another city at the last minute. You don’t have a hotel reservation, so you go to a hotel and ask this at the reception desk.

Hi. Do you have any vacancies?

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any (something)

The words "some" and "any" have almost the same meaning. But you use "some" in positive sentences:

He didn’t study at a four-year university, but he does have some formal training.

"Any" is used in negative sentences like this:

It’s not like we need any more food.

It’s also used in questions, like in this example:

Is there any tea left?

(a hotel) has vacancies

If a hotel has rooms which are available for people to rent now, you can say that the hotel "has vacancies".

Some hotels have a neon sign out front which says "vacancies" if there are rooms available, and "no vacancies" if all of the rooms are full.

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Word of the Day | elusive

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Word of the Day | elusive

By THE LEARNING NETWORK

elusive •\ē-ˈlü-siv, -ˈlü-ziv\• adjective

1. skillful at eluding capture
2. difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
3. difficult to describe

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IELTS test in New Zealand and Bangladesh – April 2013 (General Training)

English – IELTS by support  /  12min  //  keep unread  //  preview

IELTS test in New Zealand and Bangladesh – April 2013 (General Training)

IELTS test takers from New Zealand and Bangladesh (thank you, M and S!) shared this exam update. They didn’t remember any reading or listening topics, but had a good recollection of the writing and speaking questions:

Writing testIELTS test in New Zealand

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have recently booked a trip abroad with a travel agency, however, plans have changed and you cannot go to that trip. Write a letter to your travel agent. In your letter

– Give details of your trip.
– Explain why you can’t go on this trip.
– Tell the agency what you want to do about the booking.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

It is generally believed that clothing and fashion industry have a big influence on people. Is this a good or a bad thing? Explain your answer using your own experience and examples where relevant.

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do for a living?
– Please describe your job in detail.
– What is the hardest part of your job?

Cue Card

Describe a team project you have been involved in. Please say
– what was it,
– when was it,
– what happened and
– how you feel about this project.

Discussion

– Describe a big change that happened in your life.
– Was it a good or a bad experience?
– How did it affect your life?
– What did you learn from it?

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“Looks like you’ll have to fend for yourself for a few days.”

“LOOKS LIKE YOU’LL HAVE TO FEND FOR YOURSELF FOR A FEW DAYS.”

English Lesson: Looks like you'll have to fend for yourself for a few days.

You’ve been asked to go on a business trip. You’ve just told your husband about it. He doesn’t do much cooking or cleaning at home. You tease him by suggesting that it will be difficult for him when you’re gone.

Looks like you’ll have to fend for yourself for a few days.

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It looks like (something is happening)

This phrase can be used when you’re guessing about how something is going to turn out when it’s finished:

It looks like the Yankees are going to win this one.

However, it is also used in situations where something has already happened, and you have to tell the bad news to someone:

Sorry, it looks like we had to reject your loan application.

Saying "it looks like" something bad happened is softer-sounding than simply saying that it happened.

fend for (oneself)

"Fending for yourself" mean surviving without outside help. For example, if a group of people gets lost in the wilderness, they will have to "fend for themselves".

It’s common to say that someone has to "fend for themselves" when the main caregiver in a family (usually the mother or wife) is away from home for a few days.

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Adjectives and Prepositions

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Sat, 05/11/2013 – 06:22 — Chris McCarthy

Here are some adjectives and the prepositions we use with them. There is no real system and so the only way to learn them is to treat them as a ‘fixed combination’ and record them as you meet them when you read or listen. There are many adjective preposition combinations which are not show here.

at

I’m good at learning languages but bad at maths.
He’s terrible at expressing his ideas.

for

Exercise is good for your health.
Children must learn to be responsible for their actions.
He’s very qualified for the position.
France is famous for its cuisine.

of

I’m tired of this terrible weather.
I’m fond of chocolate.
He’s quite capable of working alone.

with

He was pleased with the results of his exams.
She’s still angry with me for forgetting her birthday.
I’m bored with hearing the same things on TV.

to

He’s married to my cousin.
I’m responsible to the shareholders of the company.

Remember – responsible for something but responsible to someone.

in

He’s interested in quantum physics. 
She specialised in ancient languages.

Remember too that a preposition is followed by a noun or a gerund (‘ing’ form).

I’m interested in learning about different cultures.

Now choose the correct preposition for these sentences:

Lesson by Tristan

  • 1 What are you good _ ?

    with
    at
    at

  • 2 John is interested _ travelling.

    at
    in
    of

  • 3 He’s married _ a fashion model.

    of
    to
    with

  • 4 I’m angry _ my neighbours. Their dog is always digging in our garden.

    in
    with
    to

  • 5 I’m happy _ the job interview. I think it went well.

    with
    for
    on

  • 6 She’s fond _ her old walking shoes.

    on
    to
    of

  • 7 Who is responsible _ this disaster?

    for
    of
    to

  • 8 I’m bored _ having to do the same things over and over at school.

    with
    to
    at

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FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

IELTS Speaking test in Nigeria – April 201

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IELTS Speaking test in Nigeria – April 2013

The speaking questions below were shared by O who took the IELTS test in Nigeria:

Speaking testIELTS test in Nigeria

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you live in a house or an apartment?
– Do you like this house? Why?
– What kind of house would you like to have in the future?
– What type of transport do you use most often? Why?
– What do you think can be done to encourage more people to use public transport?

Cue Card

Describe a situation when you helped someone in the past. Please say

– What situation was it?
– Whom did you help?
– How did you help him/her?
– How did you feel after helping him/her?

Discussion

– Do you think people are less willing to help others these days? Why?
– How do people in your community help one another?
– How can young children be encouraged to help one another?

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