Category Archives: New English File

Permission and requests

The modal verbs can, could and may have several meanings and functions. Today I’m going to show you how you can use these modals to express permission and requests. Asking for, Giving and Refusing Permission with Can/Could If someone is … Continue reading

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SHOULD

Should is a modal verb. We use should mainly to give advice or make recommendations Structure of Should: The main verb is always the bare infinitive (infinitive without “to”). subject auxiliary verb main verb + He should go. – He … Continue reading

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Comparatives and superlatives

We use Comparatives and Superlatives to compare two or more nouns. The formation of the comparative and superlative depends on the number of syllables in the adjective: One-syllable Adjectives To form the comparative, we add -er to the end of … Continue reading

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Articles: the, a/an, 0

English has two articles:  the and a/an.  The is used to refer to specific or particular nouns; a/an is used to modify non-specific or non-particular nouns.  We call the the definite article and a/an the indefinite article. the = definite article a/an … Continue reading

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Asking for/ giving directions

PLACES IN A CITY In a city, there are a lot of different shops, check them here and try some vocabulary exercises: Exercise 1 Exercise 2 , Exercise 3, Exercise 4 GIVING DIRECTIONS First of all, let’s revise the prepositions … Continue reading

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Journey, travel and trip

Do you know the difference among these words? Travel is used to mean the general activity of moving from one place to another. Common mistake: My travel to France this summer was great Journey refers to travelling a long distance, … Continue reading

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Present Perfect vs Past Simple

Past Simple and Present Perfect are easily confused by Spanish students. Find below some help: * Certain time in the past or just / already / yet? Do you want to express that an action happened at a certain time … Continue reading

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The Lottery of Life

The Spanish Christmas Lottery (Sorteo de Navidad or Lotería de Navidad) is a national lottery game organized every year since 1812 by the Spanish Public Administration. As measured by the total prize payout, the Christmas Lottery is considered the biggest … Continue reading

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working conditions

Working conditions refers to the working environment and aspects of an employee’s terms and conditions of employment. These were some of the conditions we discussed in class: BENEFITS DRAWBACKS Flexible hours Salary/ wages Vacation/ holiday Housing: employer-provided employer-paid JOB SATISFACTION … Continue reading

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Making Questions

Did you enjoy the games we played earlier? You can keep playing from home, just click on the icons to go to the websites and HAVE FUN! GRAMMAR CHECKUP: The basic rule for asking questions in English is very easy. … Continue reading

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A Song about Families

Listen to this funny song about a strange family and it will help you remember who is who in a family tree… or maybe it won’t. Now many many years ago when I was twenty-three I was married to a … Continue reading

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From Family Matters…

Do you remember that TV series? It was a funny American sitcom about a middle-class African-American family living in Chicago. The Winslows! wife Harriette, son Eddie, intelligent daughter Laura, sister-in-law Rachel and her son Richie. Carl’s mother, usually known as “Mother … Continue reading

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…to Modern Family

Today’s families come in all shapes and sizes. Have you heard about Modern Family? It’s the newest sitcom on Antena 3. It includes divorces, second marriages, gay couples, common law marriages (couples who just signed a legal document but are … Continue reading

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Past simple: form and pronunciation

I know some of you (and myself) are concerned about the pronunciation of past verbs. No need to panic! I’m sure that, after our little practice in class, you feel more confident about it. Just in case, find below some … Continue reading

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Personality

What are you like? What describes you best? Studying Zodiac signs and the personality traits that are associated with these signs is a great way to quickly improve your vocabulary related to personality. Adjectives are paired up in synonyms and … Continue reading

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Relative clauses

So we can use relative clauses to join two English sentences, or to give more information about something. I bought a new car. It is very fast. → I bought a new car that is very fast. She lives in … Continue reading

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Restaurant Reviews

Writing restaurant reviews can be a fun way to express your love of quality cuisine. When you write a restaurant review, be as detailed as you can and make sure you provide a recommendation. There are certain areas that you … Continue reading

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Feelings and emotions: -ed/ -ing adjectives

What would you feel like in these situations? How would you describe these situations? Try to complete this test using -ed/-ing adjectives and here you are the exercise done in class Remember: – we use -ed adjectives to talk about how … Continue reading

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More about Comparatives and superlatives

Although comparisons are odious, they are helpful to make the picture when someone is explaining something to you. You’ve been studying comparisons for years now but, this year, we are going to pay attention to  modifiers which highlight how big … Continue reading

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Present Perfect

FORM:[has/have + past participle] Use of Present Perfect * emphasis on the result. Example: She has written five letters. * action that is still going on. Example: School has not started yet. * action that stopped recently. Example: She has … Continue reading

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