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Again, last summer, more students passed their Cambridge English Language exams – including Rosa (Cambridge PET) and Vanessa (Cambridge First, with a C1 Advanced grade).

Very well done, and congratulations!

Those of you who are still working towards PET (Preliminary English Test), a certificate at B1 level, might like to try some of the topics here on the Intermediate menu. Some grammar topics there include examiners’ favourites such as verb patterns, also known as ‘to vs. –ing’, or ‘infinitive versus gerund’.

As well as getting verb patterns and verb tenses right, make sure you are familiar with these ten common verbs. Practice leads to fluency! It also helps to revise and understand the correct word order in reported speech and indirect questions. Attention to detail always helps to boost your final mark.

Phrasal verbs in English conversation
Phrasal verbs in English conversation

Phrasal verbs should also be high on your list of vocabulary to learn; see this article about some common phrasal verbs with ‘take’. Do get in contact if you would like to arrange tuition with other phrasal verbs—or any other exam, business and general English topic.

Under the ‘Tips’ menu, you will also find seven additional ideas about how to make progress.

As classrooms change and online learning continues expanding, remember that you can have lessons by video conferencing in any part of Spain with the usual extra support, listenings and writing tuition too.

And finally, an amusing error in emails from a prominent online course seller.

It’s not the first time some new staff there appear to have made this type of mistake, but this one surprised me as it’s in both the subject of the email, the title and the text.

Should read 'Stationery'

Don’t make the same type of spelling mistakes! Proofread your work with care and, when possible, use a spelling checker or dictionary if in doubt.

The correct spelling and a definition are below. Note the difference between stationary and stationery: 

Stationary means not moving; think of a train standing still in a station.
The word stationery refers to writing or drawing supplies and office materials.

Have a good autumn—see you soon!

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