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Wayne Rooney equals the Manchester Utd scoring record.

Clichés - 16/17 ep.22

Clichés - 16/17 ep.22

In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, Rich and Jack talk about Wayne Rooney and his incredible goalscoring record and the 'magic' of the FA Cup - is the FA Cup 'magical' or is this just a football cliche?  The language focus this week is on football cliches and we have a little video for you to look at. We also have a new football phrase for you to guess and a Premier League prediction for you to make. Enjoy!

How much did you understand?

Vocabulary

In the podcast, Rich and Jack used some words and phrases that might be new for you. You can see two examples here: 

Manchester Utd beat Reading 4-0 to move into the next round of the FA Cup.

West Brom beaten by giant killers.

There were a few more tricky words in the podcast. Can you remember all of them? Try the activity below, then, listen to the podcast again to hear how we used the words in context. This can really help with understanding.

Activity 1: In this activity, have a look at the vocabulary and try to match it to the correct definition.
Can you match the words to their definitions?

Bournemouth were the victims of a giant killing in the FA Cup.

Language - clichés

In this week's podcast, Jack and Rich spoke a lot about clichés, but what is a cliché? A cliché is a phrase or expression that has been used many, many times and has lost most of its original meaning. They are expressions that should be avoided in creative writing because they sound very uncreative. The word cliché comes from French and means ' the sound of a printing plate', the machine prints the same plate many, many times; always making the same sound. If someone uses a cliché it sounds like they haven't thought about their words very much. Some common clichés that you may see in either a written or spoken form are: 

Don't judge a book by its cover.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Like a child in a sweetshop.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane will represent Senegal in this month's Africa Cup of Nations.

Language - Football Clichés

There are lots of clichés in football. You often hear them from players and managers in interviews after the match. This is understandable, managers and players are paid to play football not to be clever with words and they often have to give interviews seconds after a match. On the other hand, you may also see journalists and TV commentators use clichés. Maybe, people who are paid to talk and write about football should use fewer clichés? What do you think? In the podcast, Jack and Rich gave you five football clichés. Here they are again: 

  • 'at the end of the day'
  • 'take each game as it comes'
  • 'the lads gave 110%'
  • 'let's take it one game at a time'
  • 'I'm over the moon'

We want you to listen and look at the clichés and, then, watch this funny video from the BBC. When you have finished, we want you to tell us what you think the clichés mean. You can write your answers, opinions and thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions about football clichés, just let us know.

Manchester City hit 5 against West Ham in the FA Cup last weekend.

Transcript

If the listening was a little difficult, then listen again and read at the same time.
Is it easier to listen and read?

Welcome

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich

Jack: and I’m Jack

Rich: and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast

Jack: Where we talk about football and help you with your English.

Jack: What’s happening this week Rich?

Rich: In this week’s show, we’re going to talk about all the latest news from the Premier League, the magic of the Cup and Manchester Utd’s Wayne Rooney.

Jack: Ah yes, last weekend there was a break from the Premier League but Premier League teams were still in action - they were playing in the FA Cup.

Rich: Did you know that it was the oldest football competition in the world? It was first played in 1871!

Jack: That is a long time ago. You must have been just a boy back then, Rich.

Rich: Yes, very funny Jack – what else do we have in this week’s podcast?

Jack: As always, we have a new football phrase for you to guess and a Premier League prediction for you to make - we will have all of that later, but let’s start with this week’s headlines.

Headlines

Rich: Rooney becomes United’s record goalscorer.

Jack: Wayne Rooney scored his 249th goal for the Red Devils as Manchester Utd beat Reading 4-0 to move into the next round of the FA Cup. He’s now scored the same amount of goals as Man Utd legend – Bobby Charlton.

Rich: Bournemouth are beaten by giant killers.

Jack: In the FA Cup last weekend, most Premier League clubs progressed comfortably to the next round but 5 Premier League clubs went out of the competition. Bournemouth were the biggest victims – losing to Millwall who are two divisions and 42 places lower than them in the English league system.

Rich: Premier League players off to Africa.

Jack: Many Premier League stars will be away from their clubs this month as they fly the flag for their countries in the Africa Cup of Nations. Stars like Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, West Ham’s Andre Ayew and Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez will be in Gabon playing for Senegal, Ghana and Algeria.

Rich: That’s a great phrase - giant killers. It makes me think of that fairy tale - Jack and the Beanstalk.

Jack: It’s quite a common phrase that is used when a small team beats a big team. When we talk about giant killers though we’re not talking about say Watford beating Manchester Utd against Chelsea - we’re talking about a team from a different division beating a Premier League team.

Rich: That’s right. When Hull City or Watford play Manchester Utd they are the underdog but they’re not a giant killer. That’s an even bigger shock result - like Millwall beating Bournemouth last weekend.

Player of the Week

Jack: There were some great performances last weekend in the cup competitions, especially by players from smaller clubs against Premier League teams. In addition to the Millwall team who knocked out Bournemouth; players from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County should also be proud as they beat Premier League Stoke City and West Brom.

Rich: Yes, those players needed to give 110% to beat Premier League teams, but our player of the week this week goes to a player who has equalled a record that has lasted over 40 years to become the top scorer at one of, if not the biggest, football club in world football.

Jack: That player, of course, is Manchester Utd’s Wayne Rooney.

Rich: Rooney now has 249 goals for Manchester Utd which is the same amount of goals as Sir Bobby Charlton scored between 1956 and 1973. Rooney has taken 215 fewer matches than Charlton to score 249. An amazing achievement.

Jack: Yes, he is certain to break the record soon and is one of the best ever Premier League strikers ...but the best….I’m not sure ...we will leave that for you to decide in the discussion at the bottom of this page.

Language/Topic Focus: The Magic of the Cup

Rich: As we mentioned earlier, Premier League clubs were in action in the FA Cup last weekend. The FA Cup is the oldest cup competition in the world and fans, players, managers and most of all TV presenters often talk about the magic of the FA Cup. But what is this magic? What do you think makes it so special, Jack?

Jack: Mmmmm….I’m not sure. I think one of the reasons is that it’s a cup competition that is open to so many clubs. Teams from the 10th level of English football can enter.

Rich: That is pretty amazing. It means that this season there were 736 teams in the FA Cup. It began back in August long before Premier League clubs start to play in it.

Jack: Yes, the idea that a small village team of postmen, factory and office workers can, theoretically, make the final at Wembley to play against Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester Utd is pretty magical.

Rich: Yes, I agree and over the years this has happened, maybe not in the final, but there are giant killings every year including professional teams losing to amateurs.

Jack: I think the idea of normal players playing against professionals is what makes it special but there are other things, too.

Rich: There are replays a nd penalty shoot-outs - there are often very exciting climaxes to matches because one team has to win - you can’t draw.

Jack: Yes and the final is always at Wembley with half of the tickets for each team - there is a lot of tradition - I think the Queen has been a few times. Did you know that she was an Arsenal fan?

Rich: Really? That must upset her grandson - Prince William. He supports Aston Villa!

Jack: But some people say that the FA Cup isn’t special and that ‘the magic or romance of the cup is just a cliche’.

Rich: Ahh yes, there are lots of cliches in football. A cliche is a phrase that is used a lot and has been used too much.

Jack: And because they’re used so often they lose their original meaning. The phrase ‘the magic of the cup’ is used all the time and has become less powerful maybe it’s just what people say but maybe they don’t really mean it.

Rich: Maybe I’m not sure. It is a cliche but when people think about it more I still think that they think the cup is a bit special.

Jack: Right what we’re going to do now is give you a few more cliches and a little video for you to watch from the BBC.

Rich: And we’ve also got a challenge for you. We want you to listen to the cliches, watch the video and then tell us what you think the cliche means and if you think it is a cliche or not.

Jack: You can find the video under the title that says ‘extension’ on the podcast page on the Premier Skills English website. We’ve also put the link at this point in the transcript if you are reading and listening at the same time.

Link to BBC videowww.bbc.com/sport/football/38524181 

Rich: OK, the cliches are ….. Number one: ‘at the end of the day’

Jack: Number two: ‘take each game as it comes’.

Rich: Number three: ‘The lads gave 110%’.

Jack: Number four: ‘Let’s take it one game at a time’.

Rich: Number five: ‘I’m over the moon’. http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38524181

Jack: OK, so we want you to have a think about these sentences and let you us know what they mean and if you think they are cliches.

Rich: And if you have heard any other cliches let us know, I for one really enjoy them - I think they are quite funny.

Can you work out this week’s football phrase?

Rich: Have you got a football phrase for us this week?

Jack: Yes, I have, but first last week’s football phrase. The phrase was transfer window. The transfer window is the period of time when clubs can buy and sell players. The transfer window closes on the 31st of January.

Rich: Not much activity so far but it usually happens near the end of January. Well done to Aragorn1986 from Montenegro, AssemJuve from Palestine, Kwesimanifest from Ghana, Poui from Laos, Ghigo from Italy, Liubomyr and Alex from Ukraine, MS Aboelsafa from Egypt, Emir from Bosnia, Shobonenok from Russia and Furutaku from Japan - you all got the right answer! What’s this week’s phrase?

Jack: This time the football phrase is just one word: ******. In the FA Cup, if there is a draw the match is played again at the away team’s stadium. This is called a ******. In the past, there could be lots of ******* until there was a winner but these days if the teams are drawing at the end of the ****** there is a penalty shootout.

Rich: Liverpool could only draw with Plymouth last weekend so there will be a ****** next week.

Premier League Prediction

Rich: Last week’s prediction was in the FA Cup and I thought Preston would be the giant killers and beat Arsenal but the Gunners won with a last minute goal from Olivier Giroud - he’s in great form at the moment.

Jack: You thought Arsenal would lose, Rich. No points for you but a point each for me and our listeners we all thought Arsenal would win comfortably. What’s your prediction this week, Rich?

Rich: This week the Premier League is back up and running and I’ll be watching Manchester Utd against Liverpool. I want Liverpool to win but United have been playing really well recently so they might be the favourites especially as Liverpool are without Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho. However, under Jurgen Klopp Liverpool are always dangerous so I’ll be happy with a draw and I think it’ll finish level. Final score: Manchester Utd 1-1 Liverpool

Jack: Sorry Rich, I think Utd are going to win this one. I think they’ll win 1-0.

Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for this week.

Jack: Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below. And remember to make your Premier League prediction in the vote.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

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Premier League Prediction - GW 21 - Man Utd v Liverpool

Last week we had a cup prediction, Arsenal beat Preston 2-1, and Jack and our listeners predicted the right result!  Well done to those of you who predicted the right result last week - let's see if you can do it again this week! Rich stays on 9 points Jack and our listeners move on to 11 points at the top of our prediction league! Remember, it's one point for the correct result and two additional points for the correct score. The big match in Gameweek 21 is - Man Utd v Liverpool. Can you predict the right score?

  Cup Prediction Total Points Manchester Utd v Liverpool
Jack 1 11 1-0
Podcast Listeners 1 11 ?
Rich 0 9 1-1

Make your prediction now!

What do you think?

In this week’s podcast, Jack and Rich spoke Wayne Rooney, the FA Cup and cliches.

  1. Is Wayne Rooney Manchester Utd's best ever striker? Are you a Rooney fan? Can he score 300 goals for Man Utd?

  2. Do you think the FA Cup is important or do you prefer Premier League action? Is it good that small teams can play big teams in the Cup? Does this happen in your country?

  3. In the podcast, we gave you five football cliches. Can you tell us what they mean? Why do people use cliches?

Remember to write your guess at this week's football phrase and the questions above in the comments section below.

If you want us to correct your English, just write 'correct me' at the beginning of your comment.

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MES's picture
MES
28/01/2017
AM
684
points

2-0


MES's picture
MES
28/01/2017 10:05
Armenia
Manchester United
684

2-0

Teyyub1994's picture
Teyyub1994
25/01/2017
AZ
1
points

champion MANCHESTER


Teyyub1994's picture
Teyyub1994
25/01/2017 02:05
Azerbaijan
Manchester United
1

champion MANCHESTER

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
14/01/2017
PS
3557
points

I think the word is a ******.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
14/01/2017 13:08
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3557

I think the word is a ******.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
14/01/2017
PS
3557
points

People use cliches to make the idea easy to understand.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
14/01/2017 13:07
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3557

People use cliches to make the idea easy to understand.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
14/01/2017
PS
3557
points

I enjoy watching the premiere league more than the F.A Cup,but the F.A Cup is more important for small teams.Nobody knows,anything can happen in football,a small team may win the F.A cup,then go to the Europe League,win it and after that qualify to the UCL and win it,too.


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assemjuve
14/01/2017 13:06
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3557

I enjoy watching the premiere league more than the F.A Cup,but the F.A Cup is more important for small teams.Nobody knows,anything can happen in football,a small team may win the F.A cup,then go to the Europe League,win it and after that qualify to the UCL and win it,too.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
14/01/2017
PS
3557
points

I think he can score 300 goals but he has to stay at a good form.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
14/01/2017 13:02
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3557

I think he can score 300 goals but he has to stay at a good form.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
14/01/2017
PS
3557
points

It is difficult to say that Rooney is the best striker in Man United history,i think Sir bobby Charlton is slightly better than Rooney.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
14/01/2017 13:01
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3557

It is difficult to say that Rooney is the best striker in Man United history,i think Sir bobby Charlton is slightly better than Rooney.

Raji
13/01/2017
GB
6
points

Clichés is the answer for today's question.


Raji
13/01/2017 18:34
United Kingdom
West Ham United
6

Clichés is the answer for today's question.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
13/01/2017
UA
2676
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The football phrase is ******.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
13/01/2017 18:28
Ukraine
Liverpool
2676

The football phrase is ******.

shobonenok's picture
shobonenok
13/01/2017
RU
962
points

Correct me.
1. I'm not a fan neither Manchester Und nor Wayne Rooney. He is very important for both "red devils" and English national team but I'm not admired by his performance. I'm not sure that he will be able to score 300 goals for United because consistency in scoring goals has never been his quality in my point of view.
2. I love both of the tournaments, but I always enjoy watching games between Premier League teams and smaller ones from the weaker divisions. This also happens in Russia and there was a fantastic achievement of a tiny amateur club "Shakhtar Peshelan" (the fourth division) from a little village where nearly 100 people live. The club's stadium capacity is only 520 seats. This club had qualified to 1/32 of Russian Cup where lost in injury time to "Shinnik Yaroslavl" from Football National League (the second division in Russian football league system).
3. All the mentioned cliches were defined in the previous comments, so, it's nothing for me to add.
The football phrase is "******". Rich, please, pronounce my nickname correctly, as is was done in the previous podcast :)


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shobonenok
13/01/2017 16:02
Russia
Manchester City
962

Correct me.
1. I'm not a fan neither Manchester Und nor Wayne Rooney. He is very important for both "red devils" and English national team but I'm not admired by his performance. I'm not sure that he will be able to score 300 goals for United because consistency in scoring goals has never been his quality in my point of view.
2. I love both of the tournaments, but I always enjoy watching games between Premier League teams and smaller ones from the weaker divisions. This also happens in Russia and there was a fantastic achievement of a tiny amateur club "Shakhtar Peshelan" (the fourth division) from a little village where nearly 100 people live. The club's stadium capacity is only 520 seats. This club had qualified to 1/32 of Russian Cup where lost in injury time to "Shinnik Yaroslavl" from Football National League (the second division in Russian football league system).
3. All the mentioned cliches were defined in the previous comments, so, it's nothing for me to add.
The football phrase is "******". Rich, please, pronounce my nickname correctly, as is was done in the previous podcast :)

Aleksandr
13/01/2017
UZ
774
points

Correct me.
1. I don't think that Rooney is the best striker in United history, as last 2 seasons he doesn't show high-level game. But I guess we would score 300 goals if he will not go play in China.
2.FA Cup is very important. It is the oldest football cup in the world(I think) and it is very cool if your team will win it. But it is also important that it gives opportunity to play and to gain money for small teams. As I know Plymouth will earn 1 000 000 pounds because of replay.


Aleksandr
13/01/2017 09:44
Uzbekistan
Liverpool
774

Correct me.
1. I don't think that Rooney is the best striker in United history, as last 2 seasons he doesn't show high-level game. But I guess we would score 300 goals if he will not go play in China.
2.FA Cup is very important. It is the oldest football cup in the world(I think) and it is very cool if your team will win it. But it is also important that it gives opportunity to play and to gain money for small teams. As I know Plymouth will earn 1 000 000 pounds because of replay.

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admin
16/01/2017
GB
169
points

Hi Aleksandr

Here are some corrections:

1. I don't think that Rooney is the best striker in United history, as last 2 seasons he doesn't show high-level game. But I guess we would score 300 goals if he will not go play in China.
2.FA Cup is very important. It is the oldest football cup in the world(I think) and it is very cool if your team will win it. But it is also important that it gives ^ opportunity to play and to gain money for small teams. As I know Plymouth will earn 1 000 000 pounds because of replay.

1. OK - I understand what you mean. I think that it would be better to say: Throughout the last 2 seasons... or Over the last 2 seasons...

2. This is interesting - because you're talking about a period of time that includes the present, you can use the present perfect: he hasn't shown... Though I think it would be better to say: he hasn't played at the highest level.

3. After 'I guess', you should use 'will' or 'going to': I guess he will score 300 goals... 

4. This is a first conditional: if he doesn't go to play in China, he will score 300 goals.

5. The FA Cup...

6. missing word: an or the

7. This is OK, but we usually earn money for doing something.

I hope these corrections are useful.

Thanks - Jack


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admin
16/01/2017 10:41
United Kingdom
Arsenal
169

Hi Aleksandr

Here are some corrections:

1. I don't think that Rooney is the best striker in United history, as last 2 seasons he doesn't show high-level game. But I guess we would score 300 goals if he will not go play in China.
2.FA Cup is very important. It is the oldest football cup in the world(I think) and it is very cool if your team will win it. But it is also important that it gives ^ opportunity to play and to gain money for small teams. As I know Plymouth will earn 1 000 000 pounds because of replay.

1. OK - I understand what you mean. I think that it would be better to say: Throughout the last 2 seasons... or Over the last 2 seasons...

2. This is interesting - because you're talking about a period of time that includes the present, you can use the present perfect: he hasn't shown... Though I think it would be better to say: he hasn't played at the highest level.

3. After 'I guess', you should use 'will' or 'going to': I guess he will score 300 goals... 

4. This is a first conditional: if he doesn't go to play in China, he will score 300 goals.

5. The FA Cup...

6. missing word: an or the

7. This is OK, but we usually earn money for doing something.

I hope these corrections are useful.

Thanks - Jack

Aleksandr
13/01/2017
UZ
774
points

This week phrase is ******.


Aleksandr
13/01/2017 09:33
Uzbekistan
Liverpool
774

This week phrase is ******.

Liubomyr
12/01/2017
UA
1115
points

I think that the phrase is a ******


Liubomyr
12/01/2017 11:43
Ukraine
Watford
1115

I think that the phrase is a ******

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Emir Veličanstveni
11/01/2017
BA
1219
points

This week's phrase is ******!


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Emir Veličanstveni
11/01/2017 20:07
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Arsenal
1219

This week's phrase is ******!

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aragorn1986
11/01/2017
ME
3527
points

This week's phrase is '******'. FA Cup is one of the most important competitions. It has the longest tradition and it is the most massive cup. Nothing better than watching some non league team beating the 'giant'. My team will play with Southampton/Norwich in the next round. It would be nice to face the canaries in Norfolk, on Carrow Road in green and yellow atmosphere..


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aragorn1986
11/01/2017 20:02
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

This week's phrase is '******'. FA Cup is one of the most important competitions. It has the longest tradition and it is the most massive cup. Nothing better than watching some non league team beating the 'giant'. My team will play with Southampton/Norwich in the next round. It would be nice to face the canaries in Norfolk, on Carrow Road in green and yellow atmosphere..

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elghoul
11/01/2017
DZ
1535
points

1.I am a great nostalgy man that is why Charlton Bobby is in my mind very highly seated than Rooney. I am not sure Rooney will score more than 300 goals for Man. Further we should not miss that the 249 goals of the World Cup Winner were scored in less matches than his challenger. 2.The Cup climax is special in every country and we Algiers citizens have always in mind El Biar as giant killer against the great Reims. 3.I can add some cliches from our country : The best will win. The most important is to participate. And courses results are. Foorball word . ******


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elghoul
11/01/2017 17:53
Algeria
Arsenal
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1.I am a great nostalgy man that is why Charlton Bobby is in my mind very highly seated than Rooney. I am not sure Rooney will score more than 300 goals for Man. Further we should not miss that the 249 goals of the World Cup Winner were scored in less matches than his challenger. 2.The Cup climax is special in every country and we Algiers citizens have always in mind El Biar as giant killer against the great Reims. 3.I can add some cliches from our country : The best will win. The most important is to participate. And courses results are. Foorball word . ******

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Ghigo
11/01/2017
IT
962
points

This week's phrase is ******


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Ghigo
11/01/2017 09:12
Italy
Liverpool
962

This week's phrase is ******

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Ghigo
11/01/2017
IT
962
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CORRECT ME The football Phrase is ******. In my opinion Wayne Rooney isn't the best ever stiker of Man Utd. I think that is a a good player a good striker but in my opinion George Best was better then Rooney as a player. I think that Rooney can score more than 300 goals for Man Utd. I like very much both the Premier League and the FA Cup, i like the English fooball. it's very good that also the small teams can play against big teams and sometime the smaller teams can beat the biggest team. In my Country doesn't happen that, this is one of many things because i prefer the English Fooball. 'at the end of the day' ..... uit's the last thing ‘take each game as it comes’... it's a good philosophy ‘The lads gave 110%’ the Players did the our job and all people of that team are satisfied. ‘Let’s take it one game at a time’ .... its a good point of wiew ‘I’m over the moon’ ....be excited about something that happened


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Ghigo
11/01/2017 08:35
Italy
Liverpool
962

CORRECT ME The football Phrase is ******. In my opinion Wayne Rooney isn't the best ever stiker of Man Utd. I think that is a a good player a good striker but in my opinion George Best was better then Rooney as a player. I think that Rooney can score more than 300 goals for Man Utd. I like very much both the Premier League and the FA Cup, i like the English fooball. it's very good that also the small teams can play against big teams and sometime the smaller teams can beat the biggest team. In my Country doesn't happen that, this is one of many things because i prefer the English Fooball. 'at the end of the day' ..... uit's the last thing ‘take each game as it comes’... it's a good philosophy ‘The lads gave 110%’ the Players did the our job and all people of that team are satisfied. ‘Let’s take it one game at a time’ .... its a good point of wiew ‘I’m over the moon’ ....be excited about something that happened

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12/01/2017
GB
169
points

Hi Ghigo

Here are some corrections:

In my opinion Wayne Rooney isn't the best ever stiker of Man UtdI think that ^ is a good player a good striker but in my opinion George Best was better then Rooney as a player. I think that Rooney can score more than 300 goals for Man Utd. I like very much both the Premier League and the FA Cup, i like the English fooball. it's very good that also the small teams can play against big teams and sometime the smaller teams can beat the biggest team. In my Country ^ doesn't happen that, this is one of many things because i prefer the English Fooball. 'at the end of the day' ..... uit's the last thing ‘take each game as it comes’... it's a good philosophy ‘The lads gave 110%’ the Players did the our job and all people of that team are satisfied. ‘Let’s take it one game at a time’ .... its a good point of wiew ‘I’m over the moon’ ....be excited about something that happened

OK there are quite a lot. Please don't be put off, I think that every mistake is a fantastic opportunity to learn!

1. Punctuation: In my opinion, should be followed by a comma.

2. OK - this is quite a normal mistake for Italian speakers. It is possible to use the format "of Manchester United", but it sounds very old fashioned and formal (The Queen of England). It would be much better to say: Manchester United's best ever striker.

3. Missing word - there is no subject in this clause - 'I think that he is a good striker'

4. see point 1

5. Wrong word: than

6. OK - this isn't completely wrong, but it would be better to use the modal verb 'will' as the phrase 'I think' introduces a prediction.

7. Word order: I really like the FA Cup or I like the FA cup very much.

8. I should always be capitalised

9. We don't use an article when talking about topics or ideas in a general sense. 

10. Capital letters at the start of a sentence (I think you know this already)

11. sometimes - again, I think you know this.

12. In my country,...

13. This is the same as 3, but you'll have to choose another pronoun. I can see that you have used the pronoun 'that' later on. Is that what you meant?

14. I think that you mean 'this is one of the many things I prefer about English football'.

15. I think that this is a typo - it's

16. Again, this could be a typo: the our - their

17. All people - OK, this is really interesting because it is a good example of the use of the definite article 'the'. You see, when we talk about things in general, we don't us a definite article: People are happy when they see their team play well. However, in your sentence, you are talking about specific people 'the people in the team' so we need a definite article. Cool, eh?

Thanks for your comment and I hope my corrections are helpful.

Jack

 


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admin
12/01/2017 14:27
United Kingdom
Arsenal
169

Hi Ghigo

Here are some corrections:

In my opinion Wayne Rooney isn't the best ever stiker of Man UtdI think that ^ is a good player a good striker but in my opinion George Best was better then Rooney as a player. I think that Rooney can score more than 300 goals for Man Utd. I like very much both the Premier League and the FA Cup, i like the English fooball. it's very good that also the small teams can play against big teams and sometime the smaller teams can beat the biggest team. In my Country ^ doesn't happen that, this is one of many things because i prefer the English Fooball. 'at the end of the day' ..... uit's the last thing ‘take each game as it comes’... it's a good philosophy ‘The lads gave 110%’ the Players did the our job and all people of that team are satisfied. ‘Let’s take it one game at a time’ .... its a good point of wiew ‘I’m over the moon’ ....be excited about something that happened

OK there are quite a lot. Please don't be put off, I think that every mistake is a fantastic opportunity to learn!

1. Punctuation: In my opinion, should be followed by a comma.

2. OK - this is quite a normal mistake for Italian speakers. It is possible to use the format "of Manchester United", but it sounds very old fashioned and formal (The Queen of England). It would be much better to say: Manchester United's best ever striker.

3. Missing word - there is no subject in this clause - 'I think that he is a good striker'

4. see point 1

5. Wrong word: than

6. OK - this isn't completely wrong, but it would be better to use the modal verb 'will' as the phrase 'I think' introduces a prediction.

7. Word order: I really like the FA Cup or I like the FA cup very much.

8. I should always be capitalised

9. We don't use an article when talking about topics or ideas in a general sense. 

10. Capital letters at the start of a sentence (I think you know this already)

11. sometimes - again, I think you know this.

12. In my country,...

13. This is the same as 3, but you'll have to choose another pronoun. I can see that you have used the pronoun 'that' later on. Is that what you meant?

14. I think that you mean 'this is one of the many things I prefer about English football'.

15. I think that this is a typo - it's

16. Again, this could be a typo: the our - their

17. All people - OK, this is really interesting because it is a good example of the use of the definite article 'the'. You see, when we talk about things in general, we don't us a definite article: People are happy when they see their team play well. However, in your sentence, you are talking about specific people 'the people in the team' so we need a definite article. Cool, eh?

Thanks for your comment and I hope my corrections are helpful.

Jack

 

Ghigo's picture
Ghigo
12/01/2017
IT
962
points

I have been studying English for about 6 months


Ghigo's picture
Ghigo
12/01/2017 15:07
Italy
Liverpool
962

I have been studying English for about 6 months

admin's picture
admin
12/01/2017
GB
169
points

You are doing really well. I've never even taught the present perfect continuous till the second half of a pre-intermediate course!

Keep up the good work!


admin's picture
admin
12/01/2017 16:07
United Kingdom
Arsenal
169

You are doing really well. I've never even taught the present perfect continuous till the second half of a pre-intermediate course!

Keep up the good work!

Ghigo's picture
Ghigo
12/01/2017
IT
962
points

Thanks Jack
me too I think that every mistake is a fantastic opportunity to learn.
I want to improve my English.
Fabio


Ghigo's picture
Ghigo
12/01/2017 14:39
Italy
Liverpool
962

Thanks Jack
me too I think that every mistake is a fantastic opportunity to learn.
I want to improve my English.
Fabio

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kwesimanifest
10/01/2017
GH
3904
points

People use clichés because they are familiar with them and it enriches their statements


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kwesimanifest
10/01/2017 22:35
Ghana
Manchester United
3904

People use clichés because they are familiar with them and it enriches their statements

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kwesimanifest
10/01/2017
GH
3904
points

'at the end of the day' -------finally

‘take each game as it comes’ --------approach each game with a different plan

‘The lads gave 110%’ ---------everything

‘Let’s take it one game at a time’ ---------systematic

‘I’m over the moon’ --------excited


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kwesimanifest
10/01/2017 22:34
Ghana
Manchester United
3904

'at the end of the day' -------finally

‘take each game as it comes’ --------approach each game with a different plan

‘The lads gave 110%’ ---------everything

‘Let’s take it one game at a time’ ---------systematic

‘I’m over the moon’ --------excited

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kwesimanifest
10/01/2017
GH
3904
points

Its fantastic that small teams play big teams in cup matches as it provides an avenue to unearth brilliant talents and same is done in my country.


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kwesimanifest
10/01/2017 22:30
Ghana
Manchester United
3904

Its fantastic that small teams play big teams in cup matches as it provides an avenue to unearth brilliant talents and same is done in my country.

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kwesimanifest
10/01/2017
GH
3904
points

I think the FA cup is important as it offers the premier teams an option of meeting a different opposition to toughen themselves for other competition such as champions league.


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kwesimanifest
10/01/2017 22:28
Ghana
Manchester United
3904

I think the FA cup is important as it offers the premier teams an option of meeting a different opposition to toughen themselves for other competition such as champions league.

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kwesimanifest
10/01/2017
GH
3904
points

I am x Rooney fan and i believe he can score 300 goals and more for united


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kwesimanifest
10/01/2017 22:23
Ghana
Manchester United
3904

I am x Rooney fan and i believe he can score 300 goals and more for united

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kwesimanifest
10/01/2017
GH
3904
points

Wayne Rooney is one of United's best strikers even though he has lost his peak.


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kwesimanifest
10/01/2017 22:19
Ghana
Manchester United
3904

Wayne Rooney is one of United's best strikers even though he has lost his peak.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
10/01/2017
GH
3904
points

This week's phrase is ******


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kwesimanifest
10/01/2017 21:26
Ghana
Manchester United
3904

This week's phrase is ******

admin's picture
admin
10/01/2017
GB
169
points

Well done Kwesimanifest! You're the first to get the correct answer this week!


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admin
10/01/2017 21:43
United Kingdom
Arsenal
169

Well done Kwesimanifest! You're the first to get the correct answer this week!

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