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Confusing Words: Finally,In the End, Eventually, Lastly and At Last

Yes, I know, these connectors can be quite confusing; that’s why I have created this beautiful presentation to help you clarify them . I just hope the explanation doesn’t mix you up more. And it’s also, with this mind, the reason why a quiz follows the explanation. Beautifully presented as well. ūüôā

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CONFUSING WORDS: LASTLY, FINALLY, EVENTUALLY, IN THE END, AT LAST

Lastly and Finally

Use LASTLY or FINALLY to introduce the last point you want to make, the last action in a series of actions, or the last item in a list
  • Lastly, I would like to remind you that speaking Spanish is not allowed in this class.
  • ¬†Load the paper, select the number of copies, and lastly press ‘Print’
  • You add flour, salt, and finally milk.

FINALLY and EVENTUALLY

 Use FINALLY  or EVENTUALLY to say that something happens after a long time
  • Finally we managed to get the car to start.
  • When she eventually turned up, the food was cold.

EVENTUALLY and IN THE END

Use EVENTUALLY or IN THE END  to say what the result or outcome of something was
  • They eventually got bored and went home.
  • ¬†In the end we decided to cancel the trip.

AT LAST

Use AT LAST to say that something happens after a long period of waiting or trying, when you are glad about this
  • ¬†It’s good to be home at last.
  • ¬†At last, the pizza’s here!

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Confusing Words: Finally,In the End, Eventually, Lastly and At Last

Read the sentences and decide which of the options best fits the gap.
Source: Longman Dictionary of Common Errors

Although she had been ‚Äčill for a ‚Äčlong ‚Äčtime, it still came as a ‚Äčshock when she ___ ‚Äčdied

Eventually

At last

__, I’d like to ‚Äčthank everyone for coming this ‚Äčevening

Eventually

Finally

Thank goodness! I’ve ‚Äčfinished my ‚Äčessay ____!

at last

in the end

___ the baby stopped crying and we managed to get some sleep

Finally/eventually

lastly

Do you really mean that you’ve stopped smoking ___?

at last

finally

___ Spain won by two goals to one.

in the end

at last

___, as soon as you hear a beep, press the start button

Finally

eventually

It seems more and more likely that the human race will ___ destroy itself

eventually

lastly

She showed us the new dress, then the blouse and ___ the shoes

lastly

in the end

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Did you Know…. hung or hanged?

I can almost see my students smiling with a hint of irony painted on their faces when they hear me saying the words” English is very easy”. And yes, you ¬†might disagree with me here but ¬†it all depends on what language you compare it with and, in their case, Spanish grammar is a far cry from English grammar, being the first much more complicated to understand. I am also well aware of the difficulties they have when learning English but we need to focus on the positive things. I wouldn’t be doing a good job if I don’t motivate my students!

But… sometimes… only sometimes, English could be a bit confusing, and the use of ¬†hung and hanged is a little quirk of the English language.

This is what one of my students wrote . “He said that¬† nobody ¬†lived in that house ¬†because the man who lived there had killed all his family and then he hung himself.”

I crossed it off and wrote “hanged” instead. The verb “hang” can be regular or irregular. You study:

                 hang- hung/hanged-hung/hanged

So far, easy.But when do you use “hung” and when “hanged”? The explanation can be either short or long. I think I’ll go for the short one as you can always check meanings and use in a good dictionary.

  • Hanged is used¬†¬†when the meaning is
  1. to kill somebody  by tying a rope attached from  above around their neck and removing the support from beneath them .

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† The prisoner¬†¬†was ‚Äčfound guilty of the crime¬†¬†and hanged ‚Äč.

       2.  (slang) to damn or be damned: used in mild curses or interjections. 

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†I’ll be hanged before I ask her out again

  • Hung¬†is preferred in all other senses of the word.

Once clarified, it isn’t that difficult, is it?

Do you have time for a little test?

Some pictures ___ on the walls of his house

hung

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His arms __ down limply, over the edge of the couch.

hung

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Red meat is __ for at least 28 days, making for a memorable steak

hung

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He was __ for murder

hanged

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I am __if I know

hanged

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A heavy gold necklace __ around her neck.

hung

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He _____ himself from a beam in the attic

hanged

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Most Common Pronunciation Mistakes Heard in Oral Exams

Even for the most confident students ¬†taking an oral exam can be quite stressful. Twice a year, in June and September, ¬†I¬† assess students’ speaking abilities acting ¬†as both an interlocutor asking questions and interacting with students, or an assessor listening to students’ performance.

It was while acting as an assessor that I  decided to write down the most common pronunciation  mistakes students make  with the intention of  going over them ,with my own students, at the very beginning of the course.

I  have created a quiz with, what I hope, will be the last I see of these pronunciation mistakes. I hope you find it useful!

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Common Errors 5: Spelling Mistakes

My favourite season is undoubtedly spring. The weather starts to warm up and you can enjoy the  warm rays of the morning sun while sipping some iced coffee on the shaded terrace of a cafe.  Sometimes, if  it is a very quiet place, I take with me the exams I need to correct and  what would have been a boring task, takes on a new dimension  I can almost say I enjoy it.

So, once again, it’s all about exams. June also means exam time .

Most probably you don’t have these speling mistakes but, just in case, check ¬†or (much better) double-check ¬†you know how to write these words because, trust me on this one, these are real spelling mistakes from B2 students.

This is how I suggest you do it.

1. Read through the list of misspelt words

2. Look up the ones you don’t know how to spell or check the correct spelling ¬†below the poster

3. Take pen and paper and  write down all the words on the poster  you can remember. Repeat the exercises as many times as necessary until you feel confident  you can remember how to correctly spell the words.

Correct Spelling: comfortable, professional,discussion , responsible, successful, writing, necessary, recommend, appropriate, frequently, opportunity, immediately, foreign, conclusion, beautiful ūüôā

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Common Errors 4

Here’s another post dealing with some common errors .These errors are mistakes B1/B2 students make. ¬†I hope you find them helpful!

‚ô•Read the sentence and identify the error

‚ô•Rewrite the sentence correctly

♥Read the corrected version  and the grammar input after the  line

The correct form is: I couldn’t decide what dress to wear but in the end I chose the read one

In the end‚ÄĚ means the same as ‚Äúeventually‚ÄĚ, “finally” ¬†“after something has been thought about or discussed a lot”

‚ÄúAt the end‚Äú is more physical like ‚Äúat the end of the road‚ÄĚ ‚Äúat the end of the book‚ÄĚ , though you can also say ‚ÄĚ at the end of the day‚ÄĚ.

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