Differences between travel trip and journey

Differences between travel trip and journey

Differences between travel trip and journey

In today’s post we are describing the Differences between travel trip and journey. One of the main things that we need to consider is whether the noun is countable or uncountable.

TRAVEL

Differences between travel, trip and jouney: TRAVEL
  • travel is an uncountable noun. We cannot say ‘three travels’.
  • Use travel to talk about the act of travelling.
    • Travel can be both exhilarating and exhausting
    • His job requires frequent travel to Asia.
  • Travel is most commonly used as a verb
    • We travelled to Egypt last year.
  • It can also be used as an adjective
    • There is a travel ban in place and we cannot leave.

TRIP

  • Trip is a countable noun.
  • Use trip to talk about a specific journey where you visit someone or something and return home.
    • He went on three trips this year!
    • When was the last time you took a trip and just got away from everything?

JOURNEY

  • Journey is a countable noun.
  • Use it to talk about the physical travel from one place to another.
    • I’m looking forward to the trip, but not the journey there. It’s very long.
    • We take advantage of the journey to watch movies or listen to audio books.

Common Mistakes

  • I had a great travel trip to Paris.
    • Remember that travel is uncountable and refers to the general concept of travel.
    • Trip is countable and is used to speak about specific trips, like a trip to Paris.
  • The travel journey from Madrid to Chicago is long.
    • Use journey to tal about the physical act of travelling.

Vocab Rehab

Now that you have learned about the Differences between travel trip and journey, take a look at our other vocabulary based posts:
Vocab Rehab: attrition
Vocab Rehab: loss, loser, lost, lose

Cursos intensivos inglés B2 C1

Cursos intensivos inglés B2 C1

Este verano volvemos a tener nuestros cursos intensivos para preparar a los/las alumnos/as para sus exámenes de inglés para niveles B2 y C1 de Cambridge. Pincha aquí para inscribirte.

CURSOS INTENSIVOS INGLES B2 C1

Preparar el alumnado para los exámenes de B2 y C1 de Cambridge y/o Oxford

OBJETIVO

  • dar un empujón intensivo sobre el Speaking, Listening, Reading y Writing antes de realizar el examen de B2 o C1
  • revisar puntos gramaticales
  • incrementar el vocabulario necesario para el nivel B2 y C1
  • recibir instrucción sobre cómo mejorar el Speaking para el examen
  • organizar ideas y estructurar diferentes formatos de Writing con correcciones individualizadas
  • aumentar la capacidad de escuchar para periodos largos y poder distinguir la información relevante
  • completar más de 15 exámenes de prueba dentro y fuera de clase
  • aprender trucos para cada destreza del examen

Curso B2

  • 1 de julio a 24 de julio (lunes a jueves)
  • 10:00 a 13:00 (45 horas)
  • 360€

Curso C1

  • 1 de julio a 24 de julio (lunes a jueves)
  • 10:00 a 13:00 (45 horas)
  • 360€

Cursos intensivos inglés

Ofrecemos otros cursos intensivos durante el mes de julio.
Curso Intensivo de inglés general nivel A2/B1
Curso preparación para el Oxford Test of English nivel A2, B1, B2

Curso intensivo ingles A2 B1

Curso intensivo inglés A2 B1

Curso intensivo ingles A2 B1

Curso Intensivo inglés A2 B1. Este julio, puedes aprovechar para dar un salto importante a tu nivel de inglés con un curso intensivo de 8 horas por semana.

¿Por qué un curso intensivo?

En un curso intensivo, estás en contacto con el idioma todos los días. Esta es la mejor forma de mejorar.

¿Qué obtendré de este curso intensivo de A2 B1?

  • mejorarás tu escucha a través de vídeos, audios e interactuando con le profesorado y compañer@s
  • pondrás en practica nuevo vocabulario todos los días con role plays y actividades que te exigirán usar el inglés que ya sabes y el que aprendas
  • usarás la gramática de una forma amena
  • ganarás confianza hablando y escuchando utilizando tu inglés dos horas todos los días con tus compañeros y profesores en un ambiente relajado y proactivo
  • empezarás el próximo curso de inglés con un nivel superior, B1 por ejemplo
  • Si lo deseas, podrás examinarte del Oxford Test of English e intentar obtener un certificado A2 o B1

Cursos intensivos verano

Además del Curso intensivo inglés A2 B1, tenemos cursos intensivos de inglés para otros niveles durante el mes de julio:

  • B2 y C1 de Cambridge
  • A2, B1, B2 de Oxford Test of English
  • A1, empezando de casi zero

Exam Writing: Criteria Essays

Exam Writing: Criteria Essays. It’s exam season and that means that everyone is working to improve their reading and listening skills, but don’t forget your writing skills!

CRITERIA FOR GRADING ESSAYS

Examiners are looking at 4 specific areas.

Content

  1. Content: Has the student completed the task by answering the question?
  • Lots of students have trouble staying on task. If the question is asking you about whether unhealthy food should be banned, don’t speak about your own diet. It is not relavent.
  • If they are asking for your opinion, give it. Make your ideas clear.

    Communicative achievement

    2. Communicative achievement: Is the student using the correct style of text?

    • Most people struggle with informal vocabulary because they have only learned formal English. If you are writing a friend, use more phrasal verbs, say hello and talk soon, not Dear Sir and kind regards.
    • Review some formal and informal language for emails here.

    Organization

    3. Organization: Is the essay organized in a way that I can understand?

    • Everyone’s idea of organization is different depending on culture, language, etc. So, you need to organize your essay in a way that English speakers can follow.
    • A typical order for an essay that agrees with the question is:
      • Introduction
      • Reasons for
      • Reasons for
      • Conclusion
    For an ‘against’ essay use:
    Introduction
    Reasons against
    Reasons against
    Conclusion
    For a ‘on balance’ essay use:
    Introduction
    Reasons for
    Reasons against
    Conclusion

    Language


    4. Language: has the students used a range of vocabulary and grammar?

    • Have you used a conditional? an inversion? a variety of verb tenses?

    • Is your vocabulary varied or do you say I think four times?

    • Have you used the correct connectors? and in the correct way?

      When you finish writing, go back and review what you have written. Anser the questions you see here. Have I answered the question? Have I used a variety of language? How is my spelling?

      Writing Rules

      Now that you have seen Exam Writing: Criteria Essays, take a look at our other Writing Rules posts:
      Writing Rules: by vs until
      Writing Rules: notifying errors in emails

      English Vocabulary: Attrition

      English Vocabulary: Attrition

      English Vocabulary: Attrition. Yes, there is a word for everything. There are also words with several meaning. Attrition is both of these.

      ATTRITION

      • Primarily used in the UK to refer to a reduction in the workforce due to not replacing employees who leave.
        • Staff attrition is only going to bring longer working days for those of us who are left.
        • By means of attrition, the workforce will be reduced.

      RATES OF ATTRITION / ATTRITION RATES

      • Used in the US to refer to people who leave an educational course before they complete it.
        • There are higher attrition rates among teenagers in the US than in Europe.
        • If the rate of attrition continues to increase, they will cancel the course.

      WAR OF ATTRITION

      • Gradually weakening something and destroying it, usually an enemy.
        • The continuous attacks are an ongoing war of attrition.

      Vocab Rehab

      Now that you have seen English Vocabulary: Attrition, have a look at our other Vocab Rehab posts:
      Vocab Rehab: loss, loser, lost lose
      Vocab Rehab: oversight

      Cursos inglés

      En la Escuela de Idiomas de la Cámara de Comercio de Alava tenemos cursos de inglés para todos los niveles y necesidades para mayores de 16 años. Ponte en contacto con nosotros para encontrar una clase apropriada para ti.

      Like vs as

      English Grammar: like vs as

      English Grammar: like vs as. It’s true that sometimes we can interchange ‘like’ and ‘as’, but there are other times where the meaning can change quite a bit and can even cause confusion.

      LIKE VS AS – CONJUNCTIONS

      What’s a conjunction? Conjunctions are words used to connect clauses or sentences, such as: and, but, like and as.

      • Use
        • as/like + subject + verb (clause)
      • Examples
        • Nobody knows how to make him feel better like/as his parents do.
        • Like/as she said, few people are interested in art these days.

      LIKE VS AS – PREPOSITIONS

      When ‘like’ and ‘as’ are used as prepositions, they have different meanings and use.

      MEANING

      • Like
        • similar to or the same as
        • Like a coach, I try to motivate the kids. (I am not a coach)
      • As
        • in the role/function of
        • As a coach, I am responsible for motivating the kids and teaching them how to play. (I am the coach)

      USE

      • Like
        • like + noun (phrase) / pronoun
        • He sounds like a native speaker.
        • Your daughter looks exactly like you.
      • As
        • as + noun(phrase)
        • Sometimes, students like to use their teachers as a translator.
        • Kelly got a new job as a Personal Assistant.

      COMMON MISTAKES

      It’s quite easy to mix up ‘like’ and ‘as’ and sometimes it may not cause too much confusion, other times it may. Here are some common mistakes that you should avoid.

      LIKE

      • Use ‘like’ for:
        • appearances and behaviour
          • That dark spot looks like a shadow, but it’s a stain.
          • It looks like rain.
        • comparing two things
          • He has a cold, like me.
          • Like my colleagues, I am not happy about the changes.

      AS

      • Use ‘as’ to speak about your profession
        • He works as a doctor in the Emergency Room. (He is a doctor)
      • You can use ‘like’ but it will have a different meaning
        • She’s a nurse, but her 13-hour shifts are like the doctor’s in the Emergency Room (She is a nurse and her shift has similarities to a doctor’s shifts)

      English Grammar

      Now that you have seen English Grammar: like vs as, take a look at our other Grammar posts:
      Grammar Rules: seem
      Grammar Rules: stative verbs

      Cursos de inglés

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      Have a crack at something

      Have a crack at something

      Have a crack at something. This is a way of showing your enthusiasm to try to do something but making it clear that you don’t think you will be successfull.

      HAVE A CRACK AT SOMETHING

      • an attempt to do something
      • usaully meaning that you don’t think you will be successful
      • can be used with ‘crack’, ‘go’, ‘stab’ or ‘whack’
      • can also be used with take
        • I’ve never ice skated before, but I took a crack at it this weekend and I rather enjoyed it.
        • Dad would like to have a go at it if you don’t mind.
        • Look, I know this isn’t your job, but would you mind taking a stab at it?
        • Can you have a whack at the new TV, please? I can’t figure anything out.

      Expression Session

      Now that you had a look at Have a crack at something, have a go at our other expression session posts:
      Expression Session: be worth it
      Expression Session: drop the ball

      Cursos inglés

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      Cursos inglés Verano 2024

      Cursos inglés verano 2024

      Cursos inglés Verano 2024. Tenemos una variedad de cursos para preparación de exámenes y simplemente para mejorar tu fluidez en los meses de junio y junio.

      Exámenes Cambridge Mayo/Junio

      Examenes Cambridge

      durante el mes de mayo y junio, ofrecemos cursos los viernes para prepararse de los exámenes Cambridge de B2 y de C1 .

      • 10 de mayo a 14 de junio
      • 16:00 a 19:00 (18 horas)
      • 150€

      Cambridge Speaking

      Durante el mes de junio, ofertamos un curso específicamente para prepararte para el módulo de Speaking de los exámenes de Cambridge B2 y C1

      • 3 a 14 de junio
      • 10:00 a 12:00 (20 horas)
      • 155€

      Preparación de Exámenes en Julio – Intensivo

      Cada año en el mes de julio, preparamos a la gente para sus exámenes de Cambridge y este año no es diferente. Esto es el intensivo para los que van a hacer el examen ya y necesitan el último empujón.

      • 1 a 24 de julio
      • lunes a jueves
      • 10:00 a 13:00 (45 horas)
      • 360€

      Preparación para el Oxford Test of English

      Somos un centro examinador de Oxford Test of English. Hay dos exámenes, uno de niveles A2, B1 y B2 y otro para niveles B2 y C1. En julio, tenemos un curso de preparación online.

      • 1 a 24 de julio
      • lunes y miercoles
      • 10:00 a 12:00 o 16:00 a 18:00
      • Curso + tasas de examen = 310€

      Curso Intensivo de inglés general

      En julio ofertamos un curso para los y las personas que quieren mejorar y fluidez y escucha.

      • 1 a 25 de julio
      • lunes a jueves
      • 16:30 a 18:30 (32 horas)
      • 250€

      Inscribirte en un curso

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      Word Formations: loss, loser, lost, lose

      Word Formations: loss, loser, lost, lose

      Word formations: loss, loser, lost, lose. Why are word formations so important for Language learning? Well, from just one word, you can learn to create 5 more! Think about how your vocabulary base grows just by learning how to build word formations.

      LOSS (noun)

      Word Formations: loss
      • to have less than you previously had of something
        • Weight loss is a multi-billion dollar business.
      • a disadvantage due to have someone leave or due to something being taken
        • If you want to leave that’s fine. It’s your loss.
      • a death
        • the family is grieving from a recent loss.

      LOSER (noun)

      • a person or a team that does not win
        • The loser has to buy the first round of drinks.
      • someone that never succeeds.
      • this is a very negative word to use and not appropriate in most cases.
        • I don’t know why she always dates losers.
      loser

      LOST (adjective)

      lost
      • to now know where you are.
        • Hi, I’m calling to say that I will be a bit late to the interview. I am lost.
      • when no one knows where something is.
        • If you don’t try to talk to them, your money will be forever lost.
      • when you don’t know what to do.
        • If you have advice, I would be happy to here it. I feel pretty lost about what I should be doing.

      LOSE (verb)

      • Present simple: lose
      • Past simple: lost
      • Past participle: lost
      • to become unable to find something.
        • Do you know where you lost your earrings? We can go back and look.
      • to have something taken away from you, including people by means of death
        • 50 people lost their jobs last month.
        • We lost our brother to Cancer 5 years ago.
      • to have less of something than you had before
        • She has lost the desire to go to trial.
      • The opposite of win
        • I can’t believe Madrid lost!
      lose

      LOST (verb) vs LOST (adjective)

      lost vs lost

      This can get a bit complicated. Note that the past tense of ‘lose’ is ‘lost’ and ‘lost can also be an adjective.

      • Verbs describe the action
        • I lost ·$5.00.
      • Adjectives describe a noun or pronoun.
        • I found the lost money.

      Vocab Rehab

      Now that you have seen Word Formations: loss, loser, lost, lose, take a look at our other Vocab Rehab posts:
      Vocab Rehab: oversight
      Vocab Rehab: discrepancy

      Cursos de inglés

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      English: By vs till / until

      English: By vs till / until

      English: By vs till / until. It can be quite confusing when we are writing work emails to know if we should use by or until. It’s true that until can often be translated as ‘hasta‘ in Spanish, but not always.

      BY

      Meaning

      • When ‘by’ is used to indicate time, it means:
        • something can be done between now and the time indicated.
        • not after the time indicated.
        • includes the day or time mentioned.

      Examples

      • I’ll call you back by 3:00.
        • (I’ll call you between now and 3:00)
      • Please respond by Friday at the latest.
        • (Respond between now and Friday)
      • By what time do you need the payment?
      • What time do you need the payment by?
        • (When is the latest time for me to pay this?)

      TILL / UNTIL

      Meaning (positive)

      • When till or until are used to indicate time, it means:
        • the duration of a situation
        • when the event ends
      • till and until have the same meaning.
      • till is more informal and not used in formal writing.

      Examples

      • I will be in the office until 6 o’clock to answer any of your questions.
        • (I will not be here to answer you at 6 or later).
      • We have until next month to pay the bill.
        • (we can pay it any time this month)
      • How much time do we have until they call?
        • (How much time do we have to prepare before the phone rings)

      Meaning (negative)

      • In a positive statement, until means when something ends. However, in a negative statement, it usually means when something will begin.

      Examples (negative)

      • We can not get any information from them until we provide all the necesarry documents.
        • (First the documents need to be turned in, then we will get the information)
      • The results will not be listed until everyone has voted.
        • (First all the votes take place. Then we get the results)

      Common Mistakes

      It is quite common for Spanish speakers to mix up by and until as they both are indicating a time when something ends. Take a look at some of these common errors.

      • INCORRECT: You have by Tuesday to respond.
      • CORRECT: You have until Tuesday to respond.

      Practice

      Fill in the blank space with by or until. Check your answers at the bottom of the post.

      1. Please, respond to this email ____ Thursday.
      2. I have to leave today ____ noon. I have a doctor appointment.
      3. I am requesting time off, from June 10th ____ the 16th.
      4. ____ Friday at the latest.
      5. ____ June, we will not have any results for you.
      6. The summer discount is available ____ September.
      7. ____ 5 o’clock the office is closed and everyone has gone home.
      8. ____ 5 o’clock the office is open and full of people.
      9. You should have the asnwer ____ Monday at the latest.
      10. ____ we find a solution, we are unable to check out databases.

      English Writing

      Now that you have seen English: By vs till / until, take a look at our other English Writing posts:
      English Writing: Notifying errors
      English Writing: Making requests in English

      Cursos inglés

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      Respuestas

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      English Expression: be worth it.

      English Expression: be worth it

      English Expression: be worth it. In Spanish you say ‘vale la pena‘ and in English we say ‘it’s worth it’ The word ‘worth’ means having value.

      TO BE WORTH IT (SOMETHING)

      FORM

      Subject + to be + worth + object

      MEANING AND EXAMPLES

      • The value of something is more than what it cost
        • It’s expensive to have a financial advisor, but it’s worth it. You save in the long run.
        • I think buying a new car is worth it if you have the money.
        • It’s not worth getting upset over. We can replace the bike.
      • The value of something is more than the effort you put into it
        • I know therapy can be difficult, but it is worth it in the long run.
        • I don’t think being upset all the time is worth it.
        • Is it really worth all the time you put into studying?

      TO BE WORTH IT (SOMEONE)

      FORM

      Subject + to be + worth + object

      MEANING AND EXAMPLES

      • Someone is worth the effort you put into them (usually in a relationship)
      • Use when you want to emphasize that the worth is the person and not the effort.
        • You seem to be always fighting. Is she really worth it? (Is she more important than all the fighting?)
        • I know I am making a lot of effort with him, but I think he is worth it. (emphasis on he)
        • I know I am making a lot of effort with him, but I think it’s worth it. (emphasis on my effort)

      English Expressions

      Now that you have seen English Expression: be worth it, take a look at our other Expression Session posts:
      Expression Session: drop the ball
      Expression Session: kill time

      Cursos Inglés

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      English Grammar: seem

      English Grammar: seem

      English Grammar: seem. Seem is a word that is very useful, especially when using polite language. But, are you using it correctly?

      USE

      • use the word ‘seem’ to say that something appears to be a certain way.
      • Also use it in polite language to presetn your idea about something.
      • NOTE: do not use seem as a continuous verb. It is a stative verb.

      FORM

      There are two ways to use the word ‘seem’.

      • with an infinitive or
      • as a linking verb

      SEEM WITH INFINTIVE

      • Subject + seem + infintive
        • She seems to always show up 20 minutes late.
        • He seemed to know the answer.
      • Subject + seem + to be + noun
        • She seems to always be 20 minutes late
        • There seems to be a mistake.

      SEEM AS A LINKING VERB

      Linking verbs are verbs that are used to describe the subject. Common examples are ‘seem’ and ‘be’.

      • Subject + seem + adjective/noun
        • It seems strange that she didn’t come to the party.
        • It seems a waste of time to drive in such a small city.

      SEEM AS A LINKING VERB WITH A CLAUSE

      Remember, that clauses include a subject and a verb, so after that, as if, as though and like, we need to use a subject and a verb.

      • It + seems + that
        • It seems that they won.
      • It + seems + as if
        • It seems as if he knew they were going to win.
      • It + seems + as though
        • It seemed as though she was upset about something.
      • It + seems + like
        • It seems like everyone is going.

      Grammar

      Now that you have seen: English Grammar: seem, take a look at our other Grammar posts:
      Grammar: Stative verbs
      Grammar: Present Continuous

      Cursos Inglés

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      English Vocabulary: Oversight

      English Vocabulary: oversight

      English Vocabulary: Oversight. This is a funny word as it almost feels like it has two opposite meanings. On one hand, it means to pay special attention to something and yet it can also mean to make a mistake because you haven’t paid enough attention.

      OVERSIGHT (MISTAKE)

      • A mistake due to a failure to see something or pay attention to something
      • Usually referred to as a small mistake. Be careful what you are calling an oversight.
        • I’m sorry. It was an oversight on our part. We will send you the new model today.
        • I would say it was more than just a simple oversight. I needed the model last week.

      OVERSIGHT (CONTROL)

      NOUN

      • Management of a project
      • Assure that a project is going as it should
        • You will need to speak to my boss about that. I just provide general oversight on the project.
        • If there is no governmental oversight, companies will never reduce their greenhouse gasses.

      ADJECTIVE

      • oversight can also be used to decribe the type of committe, board, etc.
        • She sits on the oversight committe for sustainability.

      COLLOCATIONS WITH OVERSIGHT

      Adjectives with oversight

      • minor, major, lax, strict, effective, ineffective, slight
        • It was due to a minor oversight, but they have corrected the mistake.
      • administrative, technical, federal, financial, logistical, governmental, operational, regulatory,
        • Not having enough chairs for everyone was a logistical oversight on their behalf.

      Verbs with oversight

      • to be an oversight
        • I appologise. This was clearly due to an oversight.
      • has oversight of
        • He has oversight of the financial department
      • to avoid, prevent, eliminate
        • I will review the numbers to avoid an oversight.

      Prepositions and prepositional phrases

      • due to
      • exempt from
      • subject to
        • Although they are a large and powerful company, they are not exempt from oversight.
      • by/in (accounts, Congress, human resources, sales, the sales department, the state, the police)
        • It was left out due to an oversight by/in accounts.
      • of (the agency, department, industry, operation, project)
        • They claim that there is governmental oversight of the operation.

      English Vocabulary

      Now that you have seen English Vocabulary: Oversight, take a look at our other Vocab Rehab posts:
      Vocab Rehab: discrepancy
      Vocab Rehab: false friends: career and degree

      Cursos inglés

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      English Writing: notifying errors

      English Writing: notifying errors

      English Writing: notifying errors. Communicating an error or mistake can be a delicate matter, especially in emails. So, make sure that your language is clear, not aggressive and is focused on the solution.

      NOTIFYING AN ERROR

      Here are some of the basic rules for making complaints or for telling someone they have made a mistake.

      • Don’t use language that accuses someone. Don’t be aggressive. Identify the mistake
      • Stay polite by using indirect language.
      • Mistake is a broad term that can be applied to anything. Learn the correct terminology for each situation and your message will be clearer, hence you will have better results.
      • By doing the first three rules, you have a better opportunity for maintaining a good working relationship with your colleagues

      HOW TO SOUND MORE POLITE

      STOP SAYING ‘YOU’

      • Try to avoid saying ‘you’
      • Use ‘we’ to share responsibility
        • We should review the numbers again.
      • Replace pronouns with There is, there seems to be, It looks like…
        • There’s seems to be a problem.
        • There is a inconsistancy here.
        • It looks like the price was overvalued.

      USE POSITIVE STATEMENTS

      • Avoid negatives
      • Rephrase things in a positive way
        • I think we need to rethink the figures.
        • Maybe we need to look at the prices again.

      USE THE CORRECT VOCABULARY

      • Discrepancy – when two numbers are different but should be the same.
      • Mix up – a mistake that causes confusion
      • Oversight – a mistake because someone didn’t see something.

      EXPLAINING THE ERROR

      It’s also important to be clear about what the exact error is. Here are some examples:

      • There was a discrepancy in the numbers. I noted that we have 4,300 pieces in the wearhouse and your document states that there is 4,200.
      • There’s seems to have been a mix-up. We were charged $2,000 this month, but that was last month’s order size. This month we only ordered half, so the price should be $1,000.
      • I’m sure it was just as oversight, but I believe the building has been undervalued by 10,000€. Can you please look into it for me?

      CLOSING THE EMAIL

      Always remember to close your email in a polite manner. Some examples are as follows:

      • Hope to hear from you soon,
      • Let me know if I can do anything,
      • Give me a call if you have any questions.
      • Thanks for giving this an extra look.

      Writing

      Now that you have read English Writing: notifying errors, have a look at our other Writing posts:
      Writing: making requests in English
      Writing: C1 Advanced Writing

      English Vocabulary: Discrepancy

      English Vocabulary: Discrepancy

      English Vocabulary: Discrepancy. Saying there seem to be some discrepancies is a friendlier, more diplomatic way to tell someone they have made a mistake or that you don’t agree with them.

      DISCREPANCY

      • use discrepancy when there are two things that should be the same but are not.
      • This word refers to numbers, figures, data, etc.
        • There is a discrepancy in the figures. You say that the company spent $35,000 on travel, but we only have $28,000 accounted for.
        • We need to review the stock again because you and Jack have some dicrepancies in your paperwork.
      • We can also use it to talk about a difference in ideas
        • We are waiting on a decision from the Board of Directors. There seem to be serious discrepancies between some of the members about how to continue.
        • His policies show apparent discrepancies between what he promised and what he is able to offer.

      COLLOCATIONS WITH DISCREPANCY

      PREPOSITIONS

      • between
      • in

      VERBS

      • account for
      • arise
      • be
      • explain
      • exist
      • find
      • note
      • notice
      • notice
      • observe
      • occur
      • perceive

      ADJECTIVES

      • apparent
      • great
      • huge
      • large
      • major
      • marked
      • minor
      • obvious
      • serious
      • slight
      • small
      • some
      • substantial
      • understandable

      Vocab Rehab

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      Vocab Rehab: False Friends: career vs degree
      Vocab Rehab: tenacious

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      English Expression: drop the ball

      English Expression: Drop the ball

      English Expression: drop the ball. I have to admit, I love baseball expressions. It’s a sport I started playing at age 6. And I promise that it was never a good thing to ‘drop the ball’. That’s why it is such a good way of expressing how you feel about a mistake you have made.

      DROP THE BALL

      • to make a mistake by not doing something you should have done
      • to miss out on an opportunity because you didn’t do something you should have done
        • Joe dropped the ball and waited to too long to ask her out. She’s already dating someone new.
        • I really dropped the ball at work and am worried about getting fired.
        • Don’t drop the ball! We are all counting on you.

      Expressions in English

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      Expression Session: waste of time

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