lunes, 18 de marzo de 2013


Hola a tod@s:

les dejo el enlace de un vídeo realizado en la EOI Puerto de la Cruz por alumnos de Nivel Intermedio 2. Es para un concurso internacional de la Editorial Cornelsen. 

A los alumnos les ha costado mucho hacerlo y están muy ilusionados con ganar el concurso.
Les ruego que lo vean y les voten haciendo click en "Me gusta" (les pedirá que pongan su email antes, para que no puedan votar más veces). 
A ver si les podemos hacer el favor y lo pasamos a otros amigos y alumnos que les puedan votar. 

Alberto Hernández.

jueves, 14 de marzo de 2013


1. Many verbs that are used without an object are normally followed by a prepositional phrase. Some verbs take a particular preposition:
belong to, consist of, happen to, hint at, hope for, insist on, lead to, listen to, pay for, qualify for, refer to, relate to, sympathize with.
2. With other verbs that are used without an object, the choice of a different preposition may alter the meaning of the clause:
agree on/with, apologize for/to, appeal to/for, care about/of, complain to somebody about/of, conform to/with, remind about/of, result from/in, suffer from/with, think about/of.
3. With verbs that are used without an object, different prepositions are used to introduce different types of information:

a. ‘about’ indicates the subject matter:
care, complain, do, dream, explain, hear, know, speak, talk, think, write
b. ‘at’ indicates direction:
glance, glare, grin, laugh, look, point, shoot, shout, smile, stare
c. ‘for’ indicates purpose or reason:
apologize, apply, ask, leave, look, search, wait
d. ‘into’ indicates the object involved in a collision:
bump, crash, drive, run
e. ‘of’ indicates facts of information:
hear, know, speak, talk, think
f. ‘on’ indicates confidence or certainty:
congratulate, count, depend, plan, rely
g. ‘to’ indicates the listener or reader:
complain, explain, listen, say, speak, talk, write
h. ‘with’ indicates someone whose opinion is the same or different:
agree, argue, disagree, side
4. Some verbs have an object, but are also followed by a preposition.



Prepositions with Adjective.

1. List of common adjectives and the prepositions that normally follow them
accustomed to afraid of answerable to attached to
aware of capable of dependent on different to
doubtful about enthusiastic about excited about famous for
fond of guilty of interested in keen on
opposed to pleased with popular with proud of
related to rich in satisfied with serious about
similar to suitable for suspicious of used to (= accustomed to)
2. Some adjectives can be followed by either of two or more prepositions
annoyed about something The Ministry was annoyed about criticism in the paper
annoyed with someone They were. annoyed with us for charging them
good/bad at something I’m very bad at mathematics.
good/bad for something The expected cut in interest will be good for industry.
good/bad with something She should be in Marketing. She’s very good with customers.
responsible to someone The Export Manager is responsible to the Sales Director.
responsible for something He is responsible for preparing handouts.
sorry about something I am sorry about the job. It’s a shame you didn’t get it.
sorry for doing something He said he was sorry for keeping me waiting.
(feel) sorry for someone I feel very sorry for Peter. He has been fired.
3. These combinations of adjectives with prepositions may be followed by noun or noun phrase.
The students were very excited about the results of the experiment.
4. When followed by a verb, the -ing form must be used.
Please let me know whether you would be interested in arranging a meeting.


Prepositions: In, On, and At (with specific times and places):

The prepositions in, on, and at can be used to indicate time and place. Notice how they are used in the following situations:
Year, Month, In 1999, In December
Country, State, City In Japan, In Utah, InTaipei
Day, Date On Saturday, On May 1
Street On Main Street, On 1st Ave.
Time At 8:00, At 7:30
Address At 815 East Main Street
In many languages, there is only one preposition for the above situations. In English there are three. Just remember that in usually indicates the "largest" time or place, and at usually indicates the "smallest" time or place.
    A: Where's your office?
    B: In Taipei, Taiwan.
    A: Really? What part of Taipei?
    B: It's on Chung Shan North Road.
    A: I know that area. Where exactly is it?
    B: It's at 105 Chung Shan North Road, next to the bookstore.
    C: When is the wedding?
    D: It's in June.
    C: What day?
    D: It's on Saturday, the 25th.
    C: What time?
    D: It starts at 6:00.

Prepositions with articles and locations

When talking about locations, use at to indicate the general vicinity or area, and in to indicate inside the building, enclosed area, etc. For example: 

at the swimming pool (on site)
in the swimming pool (in the pool itself i.e. in the water)
at the post office/bank (general)
in the post office/bank (inside the building)
at the zoo (visitors, general area)
in the zoo (animals in their cages)
at school
in the classroom

Sample sentences:

I met my wife at the theater. (while watching a movie)
I spilled my drink in the theater (on the floor of the building)
She works at the library on Wednesdays.
She found a rare coin in the library (building).
Dr. Jones works at the hospital every day.
John was in the hospital for a week with a broken leg.
For school, prison, and church, the is used to indicate the building. No article indicates the general situation. Note the following: 

in school (studying, listening to teacher, etc.)
in the school (building)
in jail/prison (staying there as a criminal)
in the jail/prison (temporary)
in church (praying, listening to a sermon, etc.)
in the church (building)
Where's Dad?
in church (attending services)
in the church (fixing the windows)
at church
at the church
in prison (He committed a crime.)


at the prison (visiting his friend)

martes, 12 de marzo de 2013


Articles in English are very important, as we use them all the time. The three articles in English are a, an, and the. Here are some basic rules for understanding how to use these articles:
The is the definite article. It is used before singular or plural nouns that are specific or particular. Here are some examples:
"The girl who lives next door to me is really cute." This refers to a particular girl: the girl who lives next door.
"The president is a busy man." There is only one president, so we are referring to a specific noun here.
"I love the books you gave me." Again, we're talking about particular books, the ones you gave me.

A/an are the indefinite articles. We use a/an before general, non-specific nouns or to indicate membership in a group. A/an can only be used with countable, singular nouns. Here are some examples of how to use a/an:
"Let's go see a movie tonight." Here we aren't talking about a specific movie, as we haven't said which movie we want to see.
"Cassie is an interpreter." Here, Cassie belongs to a group: interpreters. We use "an" instead of "a" because "interpreter" begins with a vowell.
"I hope I get a car for my birthday." This refers to any car. We don't know which car yet because we haven't gotten the car.

Finally, all articles in English are invariable, meaning that they do not change if the noun is singular or plural, male or female. There are no other forms of the, an, or a.

jueves, 7 de marzo de 2013



martes, 5 de marzo de 2013



Now and then I think of when we were together
like when you said you felt so happy
you could die
told myself that you were right for me,
but felt so lonley in your company
but that was love and it´s an ache I still remember

You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness
like resignation to the end
always the end
So when we found that we could not make sense
well you said that we would still be friends
but I´ll admit that I was glad that it was over

But you didn´t have to cut me off
make out like it never happend
and that we were nothing
and I don´t even need your love
but you treat me like a streanger
and that feels so rough
You didn´t have to stoop so low
have your friends collect your records
and then change your numbers
I guess that I don´t need that tough
now you´re just somebody that I used to know
now you´re just somebody that I used to know
now you´re just somebody that I used to know

Now and then I think of all the times
you screwed me over
but had me believing it was always something
that I´d done

And I don´t wanna live that way
Reading into every word you say
you said that you could let it go
and I wouldn´t catch you hung up on
somebody that you used to know...

But you didn´t have to cut me off
make out like it never happend
and that we were nothing
and I don´t even need your love
but you treat me like a streanger
and that feels so rough
You didn´t have to stoop so low
have your friends collect your records
and then change your numbers
I guess that I don´t need that tough
now you´re just somebody that I used to know

Somebody (I used to know)
Now you´re just somebody that I used to know



We use quantifiers when we want to give someone information about the number of something: how much or how many.
Sometimes we use a quantifier in the place of a determiner:
Most children start school at the age of five.
We ate some bread and butter.
We saw lots of birds.
We use these quantifiers with both count and uncount nouns:
all any enough less a lot of lots of
more most no none of some  
and some more colloquial forms:
plenty of heaps of a load of loads of tons of  etc.
Some quantifiers can be used only with count nouns:
both each either (a) few fewer neither several
and some more colloquial forms:
a couple of hundreds of thousands of etc.
Some quantifiers can be used only with uncount nouns:
a little (not) much a bit of
And, particularly with abstract nouns such as time, money, trouble, etc:, we often use:
a great deal of a good deal of

Members of groups

You can put a noun after a quantifier when you are talking about members of a group in general…
Few snakes are dangerous. Both brothers work with their father.
I never have enough money.
…but if you are talking about a specific group of people or things, use of the … as well
Few of the snakes are dangerous. All of the children live at home.
He has spent all of his money.
Note that, if we are talking about two people or things we use the quantifiers both, either and neither:
One supermarket Two supermarkets* More than two supermarkets
The supermarket was closed
The supermarket wasn't open
I don’t think the supermarket was open.
Both the supermarkets were closed.
Neither of the supermarkets was open.
I don’t think either of the supermarkets was open.
All the supermarkets were closed
None of the supermarkets were open
I don't think any of the supermarkets were open
*Nouns with either and neither have a singular verb.

Singular quantifiers:

We use every or each with a singular noun to mean all:
There was a party in every street.  = There were parties in all the streets.
Every shop was decorated with flowers.  = All the shops were decorated with flowers.
Each child was given a prize.  = All the children were given a prize.
There was a prize in each competition.  = There were prizes in all the competitions.
We often use every to talk about times like days, weeks and years:
When we were children we had holidays at our grandmother’s every year.
When we stayed at my grandmother’s house we went to the beach every day.
We visit our daughter every Christmas.
BUT: We do not use a determiner with every and each. We do not say:

The every shop was decorated with flowers. The each child was given a prize.

Copyright British Council 

domingo, 3 de marzo de 2013