Tag Archives: Present perfect

Been or Gone

19 Nov

Write been or gone in the following sentences.

  1. Where is Laura? Has she …………….to the hairdresser’s?
  2. I love your new look! Have you ……………. to the hairdresser’s?
  3. I know New York quite well. I have ……………. there more than once.
  4. You can’t speak to Anna now. She has already …………… home.
  5. I left my mobile a couple of minutes ago. And Now it’s ……………!
  6. My grandmother has never ……………. abroad.
  7. I saw her a moment ago. Where do you think she has …………….?
  8. She has ……………. to Argentina three times.

 

Answer

  1. gone
  2. been
  3. been
  4. gone
  5. gone
  6. been
  7. gone
  8. been

 

 

Advertisements

Money Questionnaire

31 May

money

Have you ever …

  • (spend) more than you could afford?
  • (waste) money on something you have never used?
  • (buy) anything on the internet?
  • (sell) anything on the internet?
  • (lose) anything valuable?
  • (win) money?
  • (be) robbed?
  • (borrow) money from someone?
  • (lend) money to someone who never paid you back?
  • (use) your credit card?
  • (find) money in the street?
  • (lose) money at gambling?

Time Expressions used in Present Perfect

24 May

Choose the correct time expression used with the present perfect tense:

  1. They have lived in that house (since / for) ten years.
  2. She has (just / yet) gone to the bank.
  3. Franklin hasn’t arrived in Boston (yet / already)
  4. We have worked at this company (since / for) 2008.
  5. Jason hasn’t telephoned me (since / for) two weeks.
  6. How (long / much) have you known Susan?
  7. They’ve (already / yet) studied the past simple tense.
  8. Our mothers have (just / yet) left for the station.
  9. The President has traveled to more than twenty countries (since / for) he was elected.
  10. Thomas hasn’t had time to read the book (just / yet).
  11. Alice has told me she’s (yet / already) been to that park.
  12. My daughter’s (just / since) finished her homework.
  13. Have they (already / yet) spoken to Mr. Peters?
  14. I’ve (just / for) interviewed the best candidate for the job.
  15. Our coach hasn’t chosen the starting team (already / yet).
  16. Bob and Tim have (already / yet) decided where they are going on vacation.
  17. Have you purchased the new computer (just / yet)?
  18. Sam has wanted to go to Japan (for / since) he was a little child.
  19. Jason hasn’t worked here (since / for) very long.
  20. Our boss has (just / yet) hired a new engineer.

The Right Way to a Raise

29 Apr
  • Share some ideas on how to ask for and receive an increase in pay?
  • Have you ever tried any of them? Did they work?

The Right Way to a Raise

By Arrica Elin SanSone

how-ask-raise

As anyone who has worked a job knows, a salary increase doesn’t always come along just because an employee deserves one.  Sometimes you have to ask, and if it’s been a while since your last raise, or if you’ve recently gotten positive feedback from management, now is a good time.  However, says Larney R. Gump, D.Ed., a licensed psychologist and career counselor in Washington, D.C., broaching the subject in the wrong way could weaken your chances.  Avoid lines like these:  “But so-and-so got a raise.”  Responsibilities are rarely the same, so comparing yourself to another employees isn’t useful.  Instead, point out your most recent accomplishments.

“If I don’t get a raise, I’ll quit.”  Don’t give your boss an ultimatum.  Instead, offer her a chance to problem-solve by saying something like, “It’s been a year since my last raise.  What can you do to help me?”  “I need the money.”  Your finances are not your boss’s problem.  Instead of telling her a sob story, ask how you can earn more.

http://www.lhj.com/relationships/work/salary/the-right-way-to-a-raise/

Taken and adapted from Ladies’ Home Journal

  • Based on the advice given in the article what should be done to get an increase in pay? And what shouldn’t?

1.  Look at the words written in italics. Match them with their definitions. http://www.thefreedictionary.com

a. raise (a sensitive or difficult subject) for discussion

b. something that has been achieved successfully

c. Leave (a place), usually permanently

d. an increase in salary

e. obtain (money) in return for labour or services

f. a story or piece of information that someone tells you or writes about themselves that is intended to make you feel sympathy for them

g. make or become weaker in power, resolve, or physical strength

h.  do something or have or show qualities worthy (reward or punishment)

2.  In the article find the synonym for an increase in salary. Do you know its British equivalent?

Can you find more words from the article which are normally used in American rather than British English?

Do you know the British equivalents for the following words? Complete the table.

American  English

British English

Apartment buildingCandyCookieFallFirst floorFrench friesLorry

Movies

Pants

Parking lot

Subway

Vacation

 

  • What other differences between American and British English?

3.  In the article find examples of the Present Perfect tense and underline them.  

When is it used in English?  Complete the following sentences using the verbs given in Present Perfect.

1. He knows New York quite well – he ……………. there three times. (to be)

2.  How long ……………. you ……………. each other? (to know)

3.  I ……………. this man before but I can’t remember where. (to see)

4.  Laura is on holiday at the moment.  She ……………. to Spain. (to go)

5.  I can’t find my key anywhere. I think I …………… them. (to lose)

6.  Sue isn’t here. She …………… out. (to go)

7. …………… we …………… before? (to meet)

8.  …………… you …………… a new job yet? (to start)

4. Now write about yourself. How often have you done the following things?

1. (Abroad)   I ……………………………………………………………………………………….

2. (Play/piano) ………………………………………………………………………………………

3. (be/late for work) ………………………………………………………………………………

4. (eat/caviar) ……………………………………………………………………………………….

 

Answer

1.

a. ‘raise (a sensitive or difficult subject) for discussion’   –   broach

b. ‘something that has been achieved successfully’   –   accomplishment

c.’ leave (a place), usually permanently’   –   quit

d. ‘an increase in salary’   –   raise

e. ‘obtain (money) in return for labour or services’   –   earn

f. ‘a story or piece of information that someone tells you or writes about themselves that is intended to make you feel sympathy for them’   –   a sob story

g.’ make or become weaker in power, resolve, or physical strength’   –   weaken

h.  ‘do something or have or show qualities worthy (reward or punishment)’   –   deserve

2.

There is some confusion between raise and rise when talking about pay pr salary. British English a (pay) rise is an increase in pay, while in American English the word is a (pay) raise.

  • Have you got a 10% pay rise this year? (BrE)
  • My boss promised to give me a pay raise next month. (AmE)

American  English

British English

Apartment buildingCandyCookieFall

First floor

French fries

Truck

Movies

Pants

Parking lot

Subway

Vacation

 

A block of flatsSweetBiscuitAutumn

ground floor

chips

Lorry

Cinema

Trousers

Car park

Underground

Holiday

 3.

1. He knows New York quite well – he has been there three times. (to be)

2.  How long have you known each other? (to know)

3.  I have seen this man before but I can’t remember where. (to see)

4.  Laura is on holiday at the moment.  She has gone to Spain. (to go)

5.  I can’t find my key anywhere. I think I have lost them. (to lose)

6.  Sue isn’t here. She has gone out. (to go)

7. Have we met before? (to meet)

8.  Have you started a new job yet? (to start)