Colloquial english - a complete english language course by Gareth King


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Compare these two statements: Mike’s in computers Mike’s a software designer The first description is vague or unspecific, while the second description is precise. Here are some more examples of general descriptions of someone’s job: Harry’s in publishing Fiona’s in fashion Kath’s in education Paul’s in politics Vicki’s in banking James is in advertising Finally, notice the difference between in and into in this type of sentence: Mike’s in computers = Mike’s job involves computers Mike’s into computers = Mike’s interested in computers Stuart says Really?

Or ‘It’s certain that I’ll . ’ – We use There you are when we give someone something, or when we finish doing something for them. – otherwise means ‘if not’: Hurry up, otherwise we’ll miss the bus. ’ 39 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1211 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 4211 Language point 20 – phrasal verbs A PHRASAL VERB is a VERB + ADVERB which together have a special meaning. For example, carry on in Dialogue 4 means continue – it has nothing to do with carry.

86, please. [gives the assistant the money] Thanks a lot. 48 ASSISTANT: HELEN: Thank you. Bye. Bye. 1 tin – a sealed metal container for food. The food in the tin can be either uncountable (cat food, ham, rice pudding) or countable (carrots, potatoes), but the tin itself is always countable! Another word for tin is can, which is used in the UK particularly for drinks. For an explanation of uncountable and countable nouns, see Language point 23 below. Idioms – will do means ‘will be enough’ – come to means ‘add up to’; how much does it come to?

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