Saturday, 16 December 2017

Christmas songs. Sia


Have a look at the photographs and say what is happening

Mention all the Christmas things you may see or thing that can appear in the video

Now watch the video and check your answers

Sia: Snowman

Sia: Ho Ho Ho

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Moz the Monster

Watch the video and answer the questions:

What does John Lewis expect from this year’s ad?
What other shops have jumped on the Christmas ad bandwagon?
Do you like the ad? Why/ why not?

Friday, 20 October 2017

R.E.M. Losing My Religion

Watch this clip from the group R.E.M. "Losing My Religion" and answer the questions. The first video is without lyrics and the second with them.

-What do you think this song is about?
- Why is he losing his religion?
- What is the meaning, according to your opinion, of the angels in the official video of the song?
- What was "just a dream"?

Now read this and see if your ideas were right.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Gerunds and Infinitives

1. As subject of sentences:
            Ex:       Living in London is expensive.
                        Seeing is believing.
2. After phrasal verbs:
            Ex:       I look forward to hearing from you.
3. After prepositions:
            Ex:       She had only one job since leaving school.
                       I’m tired of waiting for him.
4. After certain verbs:
            ADMIT              AVOID              CONTINUE       CONSIDER                   DELAY                         DENY               ENJOY             FANCY             FINISH                          FORGIVE                     HATE               INVOLVE          LOVE               MISS                            SUGGEST
5. With possessive:
            Ex:       Mary insisted on Arthur’s helping.
                       Will you excuse my leaving?
6. After some expressions:
            – IT’S NO USE / IT’S NO GOOD
                       Ex:       It’s no use worrying about it.
                                   It’s no good trying to persuade me.
·        IT’S (NOT) WORTH
                       Ex:       Do you think this book is worth reading?
                       Ex:       Some people have great difficulty in reading and writing.
                       Ex:       It’s a waste of time reading that book
                                   It’s a waste of money buying things you don’t need.
·        SPEND / WASTE (TIME)
                       Ex:       I spent hours trying to repair the clock.
                                   He wastes a lot of time day-dreaming.
·        GO + Activities and sports
                       Ex:       We always go cycling at the weekend.
·        CAN’T STAND
                       Ex:       I can’t stand getting up early on Sundays.
·        CAN’T HELP
                       Ex:       It was so funny that I couldn’t help laughing.
·        FEEL LIKE
                       Ex:       I don’t feel like staying at home. Let’s go for a walk.
            – BE / GET USED TO
                       Ex:       We are used to having a shower before breakfast.
                                   I couldn’t get used to driving on the left, so I always used public transport.


1. After modals and auxiliaries:           CAN                 COULD             DO                   MAY                                        MIGHT              MUST              SHALL              SHOULD           WILL     WOULD

2. After            MAKE   Ex:       My parents make me tidy my bedroom before I leave for school.                            LET      Ex:       They won’t let you use your mobile.
3. After            HAD BETTER                Ex:       You’d better phone him.
                       WOULD RATHER          Ex:       I’d rather not see him.

1. After some verbs:
AFFORD           AGREE             APPEAR / SEEM                       ARRANGE        ASK      CHOOSE          DECIDE            EXPECT           FAIL                 HELP                HOPE               LEARN             MANAGE          PLAN               PRETEND         PROMISE         REFUSE           TEND               THREATEN       WANT  

Ex:       Arthur managed to find a seat.
            We hope to start tomorrow.
            They expect to have the tickets tomorrow.
            He promised to obey.
2. Verbs followed by OBJECT + TO INFINITIVE
            ADVISE             ALLOW             ASK                 ENCOURAGE               EXPECT                       HELP                INVITE              ORDER            REMIND                       TEACH
            TELL                WARN              WANT
            Ex:       Do you want me to help you?
                       He asked me to turn up the radio.
3. After adjectives and some adverbs.
            Ex:       I’m sorry to say I’ve lost the ticket.
                       The singer was delighted to see so many people.
                       Cans are easy to open.
4. After TOO and ENOUGH.
            Ex:       He’s too young to drive.   /   He’s not old enough to drive.

A – With no change of meaning
            BEGIN              BOTHER           CONTINUE       DISLIKE            ENJOY             HATE               LIKE                 LOVE               MIND                PREFER            START

NOTE: The verbs LOVE, LIKE, HATE, PREFER when used in the conditional are followed by TO  INFINITIVE.
            EX:       Would you like to come with me?
                       I’d love to come with you.

B – With change of meaning
            * TO INFINITIVE usually refers to an action in the present or future.
            * - ING FORM usually refers to an action in the past.
            FORGET / REMEMBER + TO INFINITIVE: (for necessary actions. The remembering is before the action.)
                                   I must remember to post the letters. It’s important.
                                   The clothes are still dirty because I forgot to switch on the machine.
            FORGET / REMEMBER +  -ING FORM: (For memories of the past. The action is before the remembering.)
                                   I remember posting the letter. I posted it on Friday morning.
                                   I’ll never forget flying on the Grand Canyon. It was wonderful.                               
            REGRET:         I regret to say that your advice was wrong. (To be sorry for something you are doing)
He regrets having made fun of her in front of the children. (To be sorry for something that
happened in the past.)
            STOP:              I’ve stopped smoking. (The activity stops.)
                                   I stopped for a few minutes to rest. (Gives the reason for stopping)
            TRY:                I’m trying to run this computer program. (To attempt something, to do your best.)
I tried clicking on the box, but it didn’t work. (To do something that might solve a problem, an
experiment, to see if it works.)

C – the verbs of sensation:      SEE      FEEL    HEAR   and       WATCH  take the infinitive without TO or the ING form. The infinitive implies that the action is complete. SMELL is always followed by the ING form.

                                            He saw her drive down the road.
                                            She saw him shouting as she was driving away.
                                            Can you smell something burning?