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As and like: grammar exercise #dicasdeinglês

Both as and like can be used to say that things are similar. Note that like is a preposition. It is followed by a noun or pronoun which acts as its object.

She looks like her mother.He is a teetotaler like his father.He fought like a lion.He fought as a lion does.Nobody loves her as I do.


As is a conjunction. It is used to introduce a clause. As can also be followed by a prepositional phrase. In American English, like is also used as a conjunction.
Complete the following sentences using like or as. 1. A butterfly starts life ………………………… a pupa. a) like b) as c) either could be used here 2. She worked …………………………. a teacher for twenty years before turning writer. a) like b) as c) either could be used here 3. She looks exactly ………………………….. her mother did when she was younger. a) like b) as c) either could be used here 4. She looks a bit …………………….. Sharon Stone. a) like b) as c) either could be used here 5. I am sending you the payment, ………………………….. we agreed. a) like b) as c) either could be used here


Answers 1. A…

Texting While Driving

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Texting While Driving:
Everyone likes to multitask. If you can do two things at once, it will save you time. Unless, of course, one of those things is driving. In that case, multitasking can kill you, or someone else.


Driving requires your full attention to be safe. Looking away from the road for a few seconds to push a few buttons on your phone seems harmless, but it’s actually very dangerous.


Texting while driving is very tempting though. We live in a world of instant communication. It’s hard to wait until you’re finished driving to respond to any messages you get on the road.


So pull over, put down your phone, and listen to Sara and Vanessa talk about texting while driving in this English lesson.

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Creative Grammar Lessons Worse vs Worst

Creative Grammar Lessons Worse vs Worst:
Worst vs. Worse
Worst: least good, most unpleasant, or most unfavorable
Worse: less good in quality or effect than before or than somebody or something else
That’s helpful, least good or less good? This is one of those deceptively simple commonly confused pairs that get well, commonly confused.
To put it simply, use worse to compare two things. The things can be objects, concepts, places, people, etc. “I loathe Brussels sprouts but cabbage is even worse.”
Use worst to state that one particular thing is inferior to multiple other things. Since the word worst is used to single out one thing it will always come after the word the. “You’re out of your mind; Brussels sprouts and cabbage are bad but the absolute worst is eggplant!”
Teachers this is a great commonly confused pair to share with your students. Challenge them to create their own sentences containing the worst of the worst and decide which is worse.

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Words in the News: Engulf #dicasdeinglês

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Words in the News: Engulf:

The Deputy Prime Minister has been dragged into the sex scandal surrounding a top Liberal Democrat accused of molesting women. Full story >>
VOCABULARY
If something bad or unpleasant engulfs people, it affects them seriously. • The conflict threatened to engulf the entire continent.
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Cartoon: Guns and Jobs #dicasdeinglês

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Cartoon: Guns and Jobs:

This cartoon by Bob Englehart from the Hartford Courant is a contribution to the gun control debate, which has been reignited in the USA following the Newtown school shooting and President Obama's promise to push for new gun control laws. In the latest round in the battle for public opinion, the NRA has launched an ad campaign against the proposed gun control measures in five key states.
COMMENTARY
One of the arguments used against tightening the restrictions on the sale of arms is that guns create jobs. For example, this is from the website of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
United States companies that manufacture, distribute and sell sporting firearms, ammunition and supplies are an important part of the country's economy. Manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and supplies, along with the companies that sell and distribute these products, provide well paying jobs in America and pay significant amounts in tax to the state and Federal governmen…

Question Words Cartoon Chart #dicasdeinglês

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Question Words Cartoon Chart:

We have just created this new chart about Question Words in English (Who, When, Why, What, Where, Which, How).

If you would like to see more information about these Questions words with a lot more examples of their use, check out: http://www.grammar.cl/Notes/Question_Words.htm

Question Words in English


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Oscars 2013 - Texto em Inglês Simplificado #dicasdeinglês

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Oscars 2013:
It’s one of the most star-studded nights of the year: the Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards. Not only do you get the chance to learn which movies, actors, and directors are voted the best, but you also get to see what everyone’s wearing on the red carpet.

There are lots of great movies up for awards this year, from the historical Lincoln to the strange and surreal Beasts of the Southern Wild. Who will take home the prizes—and, more importantly, what will they be wearing when they do? Hear Greta and Marni’s thoughts about the Oscars in this movies English lesson.

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O que significa a expressão "Month of Sundays"? #dicasdeinglês

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Month of Sundays:
Volume 3. Issue 4.
What was said?  It will take you a month of Sundays to get through all the revisions.
Did someone really say that? Yes, in a client meeting discussing product promotions at retailers and the many revisions that are made before the promotion goes live.
What does it mean? Something that is going to take a LONG TIME…. A seemingly endless or prolonged period of time.
Origin: The expression is said to mean 30/31 weeks (the amount of time it takes a month of Sundays to pass) and has is believed to have origins from the Christian Holy Day of Sunday, the Sabbath. This day was a “day of rest” and was a long, solemn day devoid of amusement. Activities were even regulated on Sunday by law at times and therefore Sunday could seem long and tiresome (out of boredom)… therefore a month of Sundays could feel like an eternity. It is also sometimes used to denote something that will never happen.
The Oxford English Dictionary cites the first printed use of the phrase f…

Language tip of the week: occur

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Language tip of the week: occur:
In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are based on areas of English which learners often find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.
This week some advice about the spelling of the word occur and other examples of words ending in -ur or -er:
Don’t write the -ed and -ing forms of occur with only one ‘r’. The correct spellings are occurred and occurring:

✗ It never ocured to me that I could be wrong.

✓ It never occurred to me that I could be wrong.

✗ Many changes are occuring at every level of education.

✓ Many changes are occurring at every level of education.
The reason why the ‘r’ is doubled in the -ed and -ing forms is that the stress falls on the final syllable of the verb in its infinitive form: occur.
The same rule applies to most other verbs ending in -ur and -er where the stress falls on the final syllable:
preferpreferredpreferringconferconf…

Who Sits in the Front? – Texto em Inglês Simplificado com Áudio! (Prof.Newton) #dicasdeinglês

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Who Sits in the Front? – Texto em Inglês Simplificado com Áudio! (Prof.Newton) #dicasdeinglês Who Sits in the Front? (Texto em Inglês Simplificado com Áudio) Audio: http://www.rong-chang.com/children/audio/kid_076.mp3
The boys were going to the beach. Dad was going to drive them to the beach. The drive to the beach would take an hour. Dave and Dick loved the beach. They also loved the drive to the beach. They loved to look out the window. They loved to stick their heads and arms out the window and feel the breeze. They also loved to be in the front seat. They both preferred the front seat. They both hated the back seat. “Let’s go, boys,” Dad said. “Let’s go to the beach.” Both boys ran out of the house. They ran straight to the front door of the car. Dave got there first. Dick got there second. Dave pulled the door open. Dick fell to the ground. Dave got into the front seat and shut the door. “Guess what? You can sit in the back seat,” he said to Dick.
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Animação c/a História da Língua Inglesa em 10 minutos! #dicasdeinglês

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Improve your pronunciation with Tongue Twisters! #dicasdeinglês

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Improve your pronunciation with Tongue Twisters!:

Tongue twisters are long phrases or sentences that are difficult to say especially fast. English students can use them as part of their studies as they are a great way or learning how to shape your mouth and position your tongue correctly. Here are some examples so you can practice. Remember not to concentrate on the speed but try saying them slowly and correctly.
Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.Three gray geese in the green grass grazing. Gray were the geese and green was the grass.Sam’s shop stocks short spotted socksLong legged ladies last longer.Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper.Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled pepper? If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper, where’s the peck of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked?If you want to learn more then visit our English courses page

Vice vs. vise - Qual as diferenças entre essas duas palavras? #dicasdeinglês

Vice vs. viseIn the U.S., the word for the clamping tool comprising two jaws closed and opened by a screw or lever is spelledvise. Outside American English, the vise spelling rarely appears. The gripping tool is instead spelled vice.This word of course has several other meanings in all varieties of English, including (1) immorality, and (2) an undesirable habit. For these senses, vice is so spelled even in the U.S. Although vise is now an American spelling, it is old. The word for the tool has origins in the Latin vitis, meaning vine, and over the centuries it has been used to describe many spiraling things, including staircases and screws. For all the word’s spiral-related senses, vise has been a common secondary spelling for many centuries. That spelling usually gave way to vice, however, until the early 19th century, when it was put to use in American industrial writing. By later in that century, vise was standard American English for the tool and related senses. ExamplesVise (U.S.)T…

Food Allergies - Textos em Inglês Simplificado! #dicasdeinglês

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Food Allergies:
We eat so many different kinds of food every day, it’s no wonder that our bodies are confused by some of them. It’s no fun when you have an allergic reaction to something you ate.


Food allergies can be very serious. Some common allergens, like shellfish or peanuts, can even kill the people who are allergic to them. Other people are only mildly allergic to foods and simply feel a little bit sick when they eat them.


No matter how serious the food allergy is, when you can’t have something, it makes you want it more. Just ask someone who is allergic to milk how good an ice cream cone sounds, and you’ll find out.


Sara has to be very careful about what she eats. She has an allergy to a very common food.

Inglês c/Música!Waiting for a Miracle-Leonard Cohen-Letra,Vídeo,Tradução!(Prof.Newton) #dicasdeinglês

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Waiting For A Miracle Leonard Cohen Baby, I’ve been waiting, I’ve been waiting night and day. I didn’t see the time, I waited half my life away. There were lots of invitations and I know you sent me some, but I was waiting for the miracle, for the miracle to come.
I know you really loved me. but, you see, my hands were tied. I know it must have hurt you, it must have hurt your pride to have to stand beneath my window with your bugle and your drum, and me I’m up there waiting for the miracle, for the miracle to come.

Ah I don’t believe you’d like it, You wouldn’t like it here. There ain’t no entertainment and the judgements are severe. The Maestro says it’s Mozart but it sounds like bubble gum when you’re waiting