15 May 2018

ENQUIRE OR INQUIRE?

The traditional distinction between the verbs enquire and inquire is that enquire is to be used for general senses of ‘ask’, while inquire is reserved for uses meaning ‘make a formal investigation’.
In practice, however, enquire, and the associated noun enquiry, are more common in British English while inquire (and the noun inquiry) are more common in American English, but otherwise there is little discernible distinction in the way the words are used. Some style guides require that only inquire or only enquire be used.
  • Could I enquire about your mother's health?
  • She inquired about the library's rare books collection.
  • Every enquiry is very welcome.
  • Adam helped the police with their inquiries.
Both words derive from the Old French enquerre, from a variant of the Latin inquirere, based on quaerere 'seek'. The same root word can be seen in various modern English words, including acquirerequireconquerquestrequestinquest, and question.

THE INFINITIVE AND THE -ING FORM

CLICK HERE  and you'll find an explanation and exercises


MORE EXERCISES

GIVING AN OPINION

Now it's your turn. Choose one of the topics below and write your essay (200 words approx.):
TOPIC 1: 'Telecommuting' refers to workers doing their jobs from home for part of each week and communicating with their office using computer technology. Telecommuting is growing in many countries and is expected to be common for most office workers in the coming decades. How do you think society will be affected by the growth of telecommuting?
TOPIC 2: Should money be spent on space exploration?
TOPIC 3: Computers can translate all kinds of languages well. Do our children need to learn more languages in the future?
TOPIC 4: Using computers and the internet develops important skills in young people.
TOPIC 5: Technology has created less free time rather than more.
TOPIC 6: Leisure activities have become too expensive.
TOPIC 7: Children need more play time in order to develop into healthy adults.
LINKING WORDS AND PHRASES

FOR AND AGAINST / ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES


For And Against Essays Guide from monira21
Choose one of the following topics and write your composition. (200 words approx.)


  • The internet as a source of news and information.
  • Credit cards can be a blessing and a curse.
  • Study-abroad programs.

28 April 2018

READING PRACTICE

This is a B2 exam from the Basque Country. You have to do the reading section over the holiday.
Click here. There are four readings: SPIDEY RETURNS, HERE'S WHY CLASSROOMS HAVE BECOME WAR ZONES, HONG KONG, THE DAY WAR BROKE OUT.
Here's the KEY

26 April 2018

DESIGNER BABIES?

A fertility doctor says that he can help parents choose a lot more than the baby's gender. Hattie Kauffman reports on the controversy surrounding designer babies.


  1. PGD was created to screen for _____________________.
  2. It was then used for ___________________.
  3. By next year eye-colour will have been determined with an 80% _____________.
  4. Dr Jeffrey Steinberg is a pioneer in ___________________.
  5. Kirsten and Matt Landon used Dr Steinbers’s clinic to select ______________.
  6. Most people support PGD when it comes to ___________________ serious diseases.
  7. Dr Steinberg is in favour of using technology for _____________________.
  8. Dr Caplan thinks we will be able to choose certain characteristics just because we will have a(n) _____________________ for them.
  9. Dr Caplan disagrees with the idea that a doctor has the obligation to offer his patients the possibility to choose if the technology is ______________________.
  10. Dr. Caplan wonders if everything is ____________________ at the fertility clinic.
  11. Dr. Caplan thinks we should not be offered genetic choices without some __________.
  12. The extent to which we design our babies will be one of the _______________ in the next ten-fifteen years.

KEY
  1. DISEASE
  2. GENDER SELECTION
  3. ACCURACY RATE
  4. IN-VITRO FERTILISATION
  5. THE SEX OF THEIR DAUGHTER
  6. ELIMINATING
  7. COSMETIC REASONS
  8. TASTE / PREFERENCE
  9. AVAILABLE
  10. FOR SALE / A CASH BUSINESS
  11. COUNSELLING
  12. BIGGEST ISSUES
Activity created by Cristina Díaz.