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Podcast 49 - Prepositions

Podcast 49 - Prepositions

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In this week's podcast, Rich and Jack talk about Leicester City winning the Premier League and an interesting story about the word 'nutmeg', which has its roots in the nineteenth century import and export business. The language focus is on dependent prepositions, which are prepositions such as 'for', 'about', 'in' and 'on' that follow specific verbs, nouns and adjectives.

How much did you understand?

Vocabulary 

In the podcast, Rich and Jack used some vocabulary that might be new for you. Try the activity below to see how much you understand:

"Norwich and Sunderland have a game in hand on Newcastle."

"It's embarrassing when a player puts the ball through your legs. This is called a nutmeg."

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?

An example of a nutmeg, which is when one player puts the ball through anopther player's legs.

Language - Dependent Prepositions

In the podcast, Jack and Rich used a lot of dependent prepositions, which are verbs, adjectives and nouns that naturally use specific prepositions. Take a look at these examples from the podcast: 

"There are a few possibilities but, according to a newspaper article I read, the use of nutmeg, in football, is probably connected to the nutmeg trade in the 1800s."

"I'm really interested in where words come from."

There aren't many general rules for learning dependent prepositions so it can be a bit difficult to remember them. One idea is to use Google to help you, type in the word and preposition and put it in speech marks (" "). If you get millions of possibilities for one result and only a few thousand for the other you can probably safely choose the first word you typed in. It also helps if you make a note of the preposition when you are learning a new word. If you learn the preposition at the same time as the noun or verb, and in context, it should help you remember it and then use it later. If you want to know more about dependent prepositions, have a go at the activity below, then, take a look at our LearnEnglish website for more activities and advice.

Some common dependent prepositions:

Verbs and Dependent Prepositions Adjectives and Dependent Prepositions Nouns and Dependent Prepositions
depend on according to on purpose
argue with someone/ argue about something interested in decrease in
apologise to someone/apologise for something afraid of difference between
believe in based on advantage of
agree with someone/agree about something frightened of reason for
rely on excited about at risk
comment on good at in theory
speak to someone/speak about someone/speak for someone keen on in trouble
talk to someone/talk about something similar to under guarantee
worry about famous for without doubt

 

Activity 2: Take a look at the sentences and decide which preposition to use.
Which preposition?

Wes Morgan, the Leicester captain, celebrates his equaliser against Manchester Utd at Old Trafford.

Transcript

If the listening was a bit difficult, you can listen again and read the transcript at the same time.
Listen to the podcast and read at the same time.

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast.

Jack: Hi everyone. I’m Jack and every week we talk about football and help you with your English.

Rich: This week, we’re going to talk about the latest news in the Premier League, the history of a strange football word and the language focus is on dependent prepositions.

Jack: And later, Rich will make this week’s Premier League prediction and we have another football phrase for you to guess in our football vocabulary game.

Rich: We had a new football phrase for you to guess last week. There were lots of guesses. Some of you got it wrong but lots of you got it right.

Jack: Well done to KopHG from South Korea, MS Aboelsafa from Egypt, Elghoul from Algeria, Kwesimanifest from Ghana, SalvaGH from Spain and AssemJuve from Palestine.

Rich: All of you correctly told us that last week’s football phrase was ‘suspended’. ‘To suspend’ is similar in meaning to ‘to ban’ and is used in the same way in football. Jamie Vardy was banned for two matches after his red card against West Ham and Dele Alli has been suspended for three matches after hitting an opponent against West Brom.

Jack: More generally, ‘to suspend’ means to stop something for a specific amount of time like 2 weeks or 6 months but ‘to ban’, in addition to this meaning, can also mean to stop something forever. So you can say, smoking is banned in public places in the UK.

Rich: Did we ask our listeners anything else in last week’s podcast?

Jack: Have you forgotten? That’s a bit embarrassing!

Rich: Of course. We asked you about embarrassing or awkward moments that you can remember. Aragorn1986 from Montenegro had a good one. He remembers two players fighting on the pitch.

Jack: That happens quite often, too often but is it that embarrassing?

Rich: Well, it is if they’re teammates! It happened quite a few years ago at a Newcastle match. I imagine it was awkward in the dressing room after the match.

Jack: You spoke about a few more embarrassing moments on the football pitch. Elghoul from Algeria said that players are often embarrassed when they score against their former clubs.

Rich: Yes, it can be embarrassing for them but I think it depends on the relationship they had with their old club. Sometimes it’s the exact opposite. I remember one player scoring a goal for his new club and running to celebrate in front of his old fans. They weren’t very happy.

Jack: HakanUslu1881 from Turkey said that in a recent match in his country the referee sent off the wrong player. That is definitely a little bit awkward.

Rich: It happened in an Arsenal match a couple of seasons ago. Yes, very embarrassing.

Jack: My favourite story is from HassanRaja447 from Pakistan who says that it’s embarrassing for a player when an opponent puts the ball through your legs. This is called a nutmeg and I think it’s a great word. It’s also a spice used in cooking, and is often used when making cakes.

Rich: I wonder why it’s used in football?

Jack: I was wondering the same thing, so I did a little bit of research and it’s very interesting. There are a few possibilities but, according to a newspaper article I read,  the use of nutmeg in football is probably connected to the nutmeg trade in the 1800s.

Rich: Really? How strange. Tell us why.

Jack: In the 1800s, nutmeg was very expensive and a very valuable commodity and there was a lot of trade or business in exporting nutmeg from America to England at this time.

Rich: Go on.

Jack: Well, some of the exporters, the people who were buying and sending the nutmeg to England wanted to make as much money as possible and some of them tried to trick the buyers.

Rich: How did they trick them?

Jack: When filling the bags or sacks with nutmeg they would mix wooden replicas or copies in the bags to make it look like there were more nutmegs than there really were. This trick became very common and it became known as nutmegging. The phrase implied that the buyer was a little bit stupid and the seller was clever.

Rich: And this is where the connection is to football?

Jack: Exactly. The player who performs the nutmeg is seen as clever and talented whereas the other player is made to look, well, a bit stupid.

Rich: I’m really interested in where words come from. We’ll have to look at the history of a few more phrases in a future podcast. Did you know that the word hat trick comes from cricket?

Jack: No, I didn’t. Maybe we should look at that next week? Let’s move onto the next section.

Rich: What’s the latest from the Premier League, Jack?

Jack: It’s all over. Leicester City are Premier League Champions! After a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester Utd, Tottenham needed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but they couldn’t do it, which means Leicester City are Champions for the first time in their 132 year history.

Rich: It’s an amazing story.

Jack: But there isn’t just the Premier League title to play for. We don’t yet know who is going to finish in the top 4 or who is going to be relegated. West Ham and Manchester Utd still have a chance of a top 4 place.

Rich: Newcastle got a great win against Crystal Palace and are out of the relegation zone. But Sunderland and Norwich both have a game in hand on Newcastle and will be fighting all the way.

Jack: Game in hand? That’s an interesting phrase. Can you tell us what it means?

Rich: Ah yes. We say a team has a game in hand if they have played a game less than another team. Norwich and Sunderland have played 35 games but Newcastle have played 36, so we say that Sunderland and Norwich have a game in hand on Newcastle.

Jack: And we use the preposition on with this phrase. We say that one team has a game in hand on another team. We don’t say a game in hand ‘of’ or ‘in’. We call this a dependent preposition and that’s the language focus of this week’s podcast.

Rich: When speaking about nutmeg earlier, Jack said ‘according to a newspaper article I read’ and ‘nutmeg, in football, is probably connected to the nutmeg trade’. In both of these examples, Jack used dependent prepositions. In these cases, the preposition is ‘to’.

Jack: A dependent preposition is a preposition that follows specific nouns, verbs and adjectives. There aren’t really any rules that tell you which preposition to use, so it’s probably best to try to learn them when you are looking at the word in a sentence.

Rich: Sometimes it’s possible to use more than one preposition. For example, a few week’s ago we spoke about saying sorry and apologies. We said  ‘Manchester Utd had to apologise to Tottenham for being late’.

Jack: This is because the verb ‘apologise’ uses two dependent prepositions; ‘to’ and ‘for’. You apologise ‘to’ someone but you apologise ‘for’ something.

Rich: One good way to check that you are using the correct preposition is to use Google or another web browser. A common mistake I hear my students make is with the verb ‘depend’. I might say; ‘Are you going to the beach this weekend’ and they say ‘It depends of the weather’. They should say ‘It depends on the weather’ because ‘on’ is the dependent preposition here. If you type ‘depend on’ putting speech marks (“) around the words, Google gives you over 242 million results. If I type in ‘depends of’ you get half a million and if you look at the first results they are all about English language learning!

Jack: So, it’s sometimes easy to find out which preposition to use. But sometimes it’s not so easy so it’s probably a good idea to make a note. Let’s look at some more examples.

Rich: The most common prepositions we use are; for, from, in, of, on, to and with. We’ve already said that you can use apologise with ‘to’ or ‘for’, according and connect go with ‘to’ and depend goes with ‘on’. In this next section, Jack’s going to ask me some quick questions and we’d like you to notice the prepositions that we use.

Jack: Do you believe in ghosts?

Rich: Believe in ghosts. No, not really but I do want to see the new ghostbusters movie.

Jack: What was the last film you saw?

Rich: The Hunger Games, it was really good. I know that it is based on a book and I want to read that now, too. I’m not sure who it was written by but, I’ll have to check that out.

Jack: Did you always agree with your teachers at school?

Rich: I hardly agree with anyone, to be honest. I think I do it on purpose. If someone says Liverpool will win easily I always say the opposite. I always end up arguing with them.

Jack: Are you afraid of anything?

Rich: No, I’m not afraid of anything. Nothing. Oh maybe, when my mum gets really angry then I’m afraid of her!

Jack: Does anybody rely on you?

Rich: My family rely on me, but I rely on my family, too.

Jack: Can you comment on this season’s Premier League?

Rich: It’s been the most exciting for years, I can’t remember so many people being interested in it. And it’s not over yet!

Jack: Right. I think that’s enough questions. Did you notice all the prepositions?

Rich: That brings us to this week’s questions and we are going to ask you to use prepositions in all of your answers. Question 1: Can you comment on this season’s Premier League? How would you describe this season?

Jack: Question 2: Do you usually agree with people? Who do you argue with? What do you argue about?

Rich: Question 3: Earlier we spoke about the history of the word ‘nutmeg’. Do you know the history of any other football words, either in English or your own language?

Jack: And remember, if you want us to correct your comments just write ‘correct me’ at the beginning of your message.

Rich: Right, do you have a new football phrase for our listeners to guess, Jack?

Jack: Yes, I do. This week it’s a word, the word is * *******. It is a noun which is used to describe a fantastic goal, usually a free-kick or a powerful shot from outside the penalty box. Andros Townsend scored * ******* for Newcastle Utd last weekend. To give you a little more help; * ******* is also a special Christmas item that is used in the UK. It is made of a tube of paper, and two people pull it and it makes a loud bang. Inside the tube, there is usually a paper hat, a small toy and a bad joke. The word is more commonly used to describe a type of biscuit or savoury snack.

Rich: That’s a pretty difficult one let’s see if anybody can get it right.

Jack: Have you got a prediction for us this week, Rich?

Rich: This week’s big match is Manchester City against Arsenal. Both teams have had a disappointing season by their high standards. Both will have wanted to win the Premier League but instead are fighting to make sure they are in the top 4 and in the Champions League next season. I think City are generally in better form so I am going to go for a City win to guarantee them Champions League football next season. It will mean Arsenal might need a point or a win on the final day to join City, Tottenham and Leicester in next season’s Champions League. Final score: Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal.

Jack: It’s going to be tense and exciting for some clubs up to the final match of the season.

Rich: Right, anyway that’s it for today - we’ve run out of time! Thanks for listening. And don’t forget to write your answers to our questions, your predictions and anything you want to say about the website or football English in the comments below.

Jack: Don’t forget if you sign in, you can score points to see if you can get your club, your country and your name to the top of our leaderboard.

Rich:  Bye for now and enjoy your football!

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What do you think?

In this week’s podcast, we spoke about the word 'nutmeg' and dependent prepositions. Can you try to use some dependent prepsitions in your answers to these questions.

  1. Can you comment on this season’s Premier League? How surprising is Leicester's Premier League win?

  2. Do you usually agree with people? Who do you argue with? What do you argue about?

  3. Do you know the history of any other football words, either in English or your own language?

​Rich predicts that Manchester City will beat Arsenal 2-1 this weekend. Do you agree?

Remember to write your predictions, your guess at this week's football phrase and answers to 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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gil_foot
16/11/2022
FR
566
points

I worry about the World Cup in Qatar, our Team is in trouble (France) as we have a lot of injuries and it's still ongoing with Nkunku...


gil_foot
16/11/2022 08:33
France
Arsenal
566

I worry about the World Cup in Qatar, our Team is in trouble (France) as we have a lot of injuries and it's still ongoing with Nkunku...

gil_foot
16/11/2022
FR
566
points

I'm afraid, I don't know any football word history... Certainly based on my lack of English vocabulary. I'll work on it.


gil_foot
16/11/2022 08:26
France
Arsenal
566

I'm afraid, I don't know any football word history... Certainly based on my lack of English vocabulary. I'll work on it.

gil_foot
16/11/2022
FR
566
points

I agree with people when their arguments are good but I can also argue with people too if they said something stupid...


gil_foot
16/11/2022 08:24
France
Arsenal
566

I agree with people when their arguments are good but I can also argue with people too if they said something stupid...

gil_foot
16/11/2022
FR
566
points

it's depend if Arsenal will be in a good form. But I think according to Rich's recent prediction, Arsenal should win...


gil_foot
16/11/2022 08:22
France
Arsenal
566

it's depend if Arsenal will be in a good form. But I think according to Rich's recent prediction, Arsenal should win...

hsn's picture
hsn
29/06/2021
TR
5498
points

What do you think?
2- I believe that being on the opposite side of what is said or alleged always provides improvement at the events and relation. There is no certainty in the nature.
3- The origin of word "penalty" based on a Greek word "poina" and means retaliation.
Phrases
• You should apologise for this rude talk to your manager. Otherwise I 'll worry about your future in this company.
• He was accused as a stealer but some evidences made this suspicious finally the trial ended up having a big argument between two side.
P.S.
• The exporters who had tricked the buyers probably lost the market. In this state who is clever. Trickers arent human and must be called as replicas of human-:)


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hsn
29/06/2021 14:44
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5498

What do you think?
2- I believe that being on the opposite side of what is said or alleged always provides improvement at the events and relation. There is no certainty in the nature.
3- The origin of word "penalty" based on a Greek word "poina" and means retaliation.
Phrases
• You should apologise for this rude talk to your manager. Otherwise I 'll worry about your future in this company.
• He was accused as a stealer but some evidences made this suspicious finally the trial ended up having a big argument between two side.
P.S.
• The exporters who had tricked the buyers probably lost the market. In this state who is clever. Trickers arent human and must be called as replicas of human-:)

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Cthulhu M
04/12/2020
ES
30
points

Correct me.
Well, speaking about the past, that season was amazing. I don't remember having that much interest in any other premier league season. The way that Leicester played against all the big teams was astonishing.
If someone would have told me at the begginig of the season that Leicester will be the winner I would have argued with him a lot. I usually argue with my friends about football.

I think that the secret word is cracker.


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Cthulhu M
04/12/2020 11:07
Spain
Manchester United
30

Correct me.
Well, speaking about the past, that season was amazing. I don't remember having that much interest in any other premier league season. The way that Leicester played against all the big teams was astonishing.
If someone would have told me at the begginig of the season that Leicester will be the winner I would have argued with him a lot. I usually argue with my friends about football.

I think that the secret word is cracker.

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mobeckham
12/05/2020
TR
6496
points

I predicted a win for Manchester City over Arsenal because in the recent years City has been the stronger side


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
12/05/2020 20:52
Turkey
Manchester United
6496

I predicted a win for Manchester City over Arsenal because in the recent years City has been the stronger side

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
12/05/2020
TR
6496
points

I think the football word of the week is ( a stunner ) but I'm not sure


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
12/05/2020 20:51
Turkey
Manchester United
6496

I think the football word of the week is ( a stunner ) but I'm not sure

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
12/05/2020
TR
6496
points

I don't often agree with people but we accept each others opinions with respect
I sometimes have arguments with family and friends but it ends up smoothly
We mostly argue about daily routines and football :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
12/05/2020 20:50
Turkey
Manchester United
6496

I don't often agree with people but we accept each others opinions with respect
I sometimes have arguments with family and friends but it ends up smoothly
We mostly argue about daily routines and football :)

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
12/05/2020
TR
6496
points

It was an interesting season although my team haven't done very well
I am so proud of Leicester City players , staff and fans


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
12/05/2020 20:48
Turkey
Manchester United
6496

It was an interesting season although my team haven't done very well
I am so proud of Leicester City players , staff and fans

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/05/2016
TR
1761
points

Maybe it's possible.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/05/2016 22:25
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Maybe it's possible.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/05/2016
TR
1761
points

No,I don't know but I will research.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/05/2016 22:25
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

No,I don't know but I will research.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/05/2016
TR
1761
points

It becomes generally politics and daily things.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/05/2016 22:24
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

It becomes generally politics and daily things.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/05/2016
TR
1761
points

Generally I argue with people who don't think right according to me.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/05/2016 22:23
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Generally I argue with people who don't think right according to me.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/05/2016
TR
1761
points

Yes I always argue with people.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/05/2016 22:23
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Yes I always argue with people.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/05/2016
TR
1761
points

Leicester City was one of the teams that I didn't presume.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/05/2016 22:22
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Leicester City was one of the teams that I didn't presume.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/05/2016
TR
1761
points

I am literally shocked for this season's Premier League.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/05/2016 22:20
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I am literally shocked for this season's Premier League.

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kwesimanifest
09/05/2016
GH
4768
points

With what results from the City-Arsenal game I fancy Utd finishing 3rd if they should win the last two match against the Hammers and Bournemouth with arsenal losing on the final day.


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kwesimanifest
09/05/2016 09:31
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

With what results from the City-Arsenal game I fancy Utd finishing 3rd if they should win the last two match against the Hammers and Bournemouth with arsenal losing on the final day.

Rich's picture
Rich
09/05/2016
ES
594
points

Do you think 4th is good enough for Man Utd this season?


Rich's picture
Rich
09/05/2016 09:58
Spain
Liverpool
594

Do you think 4th is good enough for Man Utd this season?

MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
15/05/2016
RW
2320
points

They lost champions league, maybe they'll play well in Europa league


MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
15/05/2016 21:07
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

They lost champions league, maybe they'll play well in Europa league

MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
08/05/2016
RW
2320
points

I predict Arsenal's win


MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
08/05/2016 14:09
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

I predict Arsenal's win

KopHG
08/05/2016
KR
122
points

I think that Leicester City's wining of this Premier league season has broken a fixed idea for that money is not champion.
I usually like to argue with other people about a football and polity and society. So... Sometimes, i fight with people who has other claim and with rival supporter.
I think that this week's phrase is "a fortune".
Correct me please.


KopHG
08/05/2016 04:29
South Korea
Liverpool
122

I think that Leicester City's wining of this Premier league season has broken a fixed idea for that money is not champion.
I usually like to argue with other people about a football and polity and society. So... Sometimes, i fight with people who has other claim and with rival supporter.
I think that this week's phrase is "a fortune".
Correct me please.

Rich's picture
Rich
09/05/2016
ES
594
points

Hi KopHG

I have copied your message below and made a few corrections which I hope help you. You'll have to have another go at this week's football phrase because your guess isn't right. It isn't connected to 'luck' or 'fortune'.

I think that Leicester City's winning of this season's Premier league season has broken a fixed idea for that money is not champion is not the most important thing.
I usually like to argue with other people about a football, and polity politics and society. So.Also.. sometimes, i fight with people who has have other claim ideas and with rival supporters.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
09/05/2016 08:31
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi KopHG

I have copied your message below and made a few corrections which I hope help you. You'll have to have another go at this week's football phrase because your guess isn't right. It isn't connected to 'luck' or 'fortune'.

I think that Leicester City's winning of this season's Premier league season has broken a fixed idea for that money is not champion is not the most important thing.
I usually like to argue with other people about a football, and polity politics and society. So.Also.. sometimes, i fight with people who has have other claim ideas and with rival supporters.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

KopHG
09/05/2016
KR
122
points

Hi Rich.
Thank you for your help.


KopHG
09/05/2016 15:03
South Korea
Liverpool
122

Hi Rich.
Thank you for your help.

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M.s. Aboelsafa
07/05/2016
EG
738
points

"As usual" this season was very exciting between Leiceter & Tottenham, it was a good chance for any club to achieve the title due to the drop of the biggest clubs "was a good a chance for Arsenal"
Leicester's Premier League win can‘t be believed but they deserve the win
Congratulation for them


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M.s. Aboelsafa
07/05/2016 04:21
Egypt
Arsenal
738

"As usual" this season was very exciting between Leiceter & Tottenham, it was a good chance for any club to achieve the title due to the drop of the biggest clubs "was a good a chance for Arsenal"
Leicester's Premier League win can‘t be believed but they deserve the win
Congratulation for them

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haydi
05/05/2016
TN
3189
points

When we type in the word 'nutmeg' in google images, we find the fruit and images of palyers on the pitch performing nutmegs!


haydi's picture
haydi
05/05/2016 20:44
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

When we type in the word 'nutmeg' in google images, we find the fruit and images of palyers on the pitch performing nutmegs!

haydi's picture
haydi
05/05/2016
TN
3189
points

Leicester ! Finally I can listening the right pronunciation and spell it correctly!
"Leicester City's Premier League fairytail comes true." It's like Sandrella's story. Congratulations to team whose seasons is bonkers. Congratulations to all fans. They must go nuts and hope that won't be the one-off!


haydi's picture
haydi
05/05/2016 20:43
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Leicester ! Finally I can listening the right pronunciation and spell it correctly!
"Leicester City's Premier League fairytail comes true." It's like Sandrella's story. Congratulations to team whose seasons is bonkers. Congratulations to all fans. They must go nuts and hope that won't be the one-off!

haydi's picture
haydi
05/05/2016
TN
3189
points

Dependent Prepositions or collocations? What's the differences? Please Jack, Rich see the problem with the second activity "Dependent Prepositions"! we can't find the exercice, we find out the same as the first activity (Match up)!


haydi's picture
haydi
05/05/2016 20:33
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Dependent Prepositions or collocations? What's the differences? Please Jack, Rich see the problem with the second activity "Dependent Prepositions"! we can't find the exercice, we find out the same as the first activity (Match up)!

haydi's picture
haydi
05/05/2016
TN
3189
points

correct me please - One idea is to use Google to help you, type in the word and preposition and put it in speech marks (" "). The other idea which has the same principle is to use 'googlefight' (http://www.googlefight.com), put in the two words , and click 'fight' to know the number of each word. The biggest number informs us that the corresponding word or the collacation is the right one!


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haydi
05/05/2016 20:30
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

correct me please - One idea is to use Google to help you, type in the word and preposition and put it in speech marks (" "). The other idea which has the same principle is to use 'googlefight' (http://www.googlefight.com), put in the two words , and click 'fight' to know the number of each word. The biggest number informs us that the corresponding word or the collacation is the right one!

haydi's picture
haydi
05/05/2016
TN
3189
points

Andros Townsend scored a '*******' for Newcastle Utd last weekend. '*******' is the word of the week!


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haydi
05/05/2016 20:25
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Andros Townsend scored a '*******' for Newcastle Utd last weekend. '*******' is the word of the week!

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assemjuve
05/05/2016
PS
3705
points

I predict that Arsenal is going to win 1-0 versus Man City.


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assemjuve
05/05/2016 15:41
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I predict that Arsenal is going to win 1-0 versus Man City.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
05/05/2016
PS
3705
points

No i do not, i argue with my friends about football.


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assemjuve
05/05/2016 15:40
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

No i do not, i argue with my friends about football.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
05/05/2016
PS
3705
points

It is really surprising.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
05/05/2016 15:39
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

It is really surprising.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
05/05/2016
PS
3705
points

This season is one of the most surprising seasons in the premiere league history.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
05/05/2016 15:38
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

This season is one of the most surprising seasons in the premiere league history.

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M.s. Aboelsafa
05/05/2016
EG
738
points

The phrase is too tough


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M.s. Aboelsafa
05/05/2016 02:07
Egypt
Arsenal
738

The phrase is too tough

Rich's picture
Rich
05/05/2016
ES
594
points

It is quite a difficult one, you're right. Maybe this article will help smiley.


Rich's picture
Rich
05/05/2016 08:16
Spain
Liverpool
594

It is quite a difficult one, you're right. Maybe this article will help smiley.

Hassan_raja447
04/05/2016
PK
837
points

correct me
I might have joined this community at the start of season, but I hardly knew much about English. My vocabulary and grammar knowledge was not enough to understand simple English content, and now I'm here. Writing conveniently.
I always argue with people, mostly about their style of living, and how they complain about malpractices around them but do not change themselves.
I think this week's football phrase is *******.


Hassan_raja447
04/05/2016 16:39
Pakistan
Liverpool
837

correct me
I might have joined this community at the start of season, but I hardly knew much about English. My vocabulary and grammar knowledge was not enough to understand simple English content, and now I'm here. Writing conveniently.
I always argue with people, mostly about their style of living, and how they complain about malpractices around them but do not change themselves.
I think this week's football phrase is *******.

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Rich
05/05/2016
ES
594
points

Hi Hassan_Raja447

You've got this week's football phrase, well done! I've covered it up so other listeners can have a 'crack' at it!

I've re-written your message below. Try comparing the two texts and see what differences you can see.

I could have joined this community at the start of the the season, but I felt that my English wasn't good enough, especially my grammar and vocabulary. However, I'm here now and I'm writing to you without a problem.

I often argue with people, mostly about their lifestyle choices. What often annoys me, is that people often complain about other people's behavour but they don't change themselves.

 I hope that helps.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

 


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Rich
05/05/2016 08:26
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Hassan_Raja447

You've got this week's football phrase, well done! I've covered it up so other listeners can have a 'crack' at it!

I've re-written your message below. Try comparing the two texts and see what differences you can see.

I could have joined this community at the start of the the season, but I felt that my English wasn't good enough, especially my grammar and vocabulary. However, I'm here now and I'm writing to you without a problem.

I often argue with people, mostly about their lifestyle choices. What often annoys me, is that people often complain about other people's behavour but they don't change themselves.

 I hope that helps.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

 

Pavlo
04/05/2016
UA
209
points

Correcr me.
I guess this week football phrase is a *******. Though I am not sure, because I have never heard that commentators used this word to describe any action in football. Basically I have made my assumption relying on your hints referring to Christmas and snack.


Pavlo
04/05/2016 11:26
Ukraine
Arsenal
209

Correcr me.
I guess this week football phrase is a *******. Though I am not sure, because I have never heard that commentators used this word to describe any action in football. Basically I have made my assumption relying on your hints referring to Christmas and snack.

Rich's picture
Rich
04/05/2016
ES
594
points

Hi Pavlo

You've got the answer to this week's football phrase, well done! I've covered up your answer to give others a chance to guess it, too. You're right, it's not very common but you can see it being used here on the Premier League's website.

You're English is very good but a couple of things to watch out for are:

  1. Using the possessive 's'. 'this week's football phrase' rather than 'this week football phrase'.
  2. It would be better to say 'I have never heard commentators using this word' rather than 'I have never heard that commentators used this word'. Do you know why?

Hope that helps and thanks for your message.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team 


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Rich
04/05/2016 15:49
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Pavlo

You've got the answer to this week's football phrase, well done! I've covered up your answer to give others a chance to guess it, too. You're right, it's not very common but you can see it being used here on the Premier League's website.

You're English is very good but a couple of things to watch out for are:

  1. Using the possessive 's'. 'this week's football phrase' rather than 'this week football phrase'.
  2. It would be better to say 'I have never heard commentators using this word' rather than 'I have never heard that commentators used this word'. Do you know why?

Hope that helps and thanks for your message.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team 

Pavlo
05/05/2016
UA
209
points

It is better to say 'I have never heard commentators using this word' because commentators still use it nowadays not only in the past . So 'used' is not appropriate. If they do not use it in our time but somewhen in the past I could say like I did. Is this correct?


Pavlo
05/05/2016 15:22
Ukraine
Arsenal
209

It is better to say 'I have never heard commentators using this word' because commentators still use it nowadays not only in the past . So 'used' is not appropriate. If they do not use it in our time but somewhen in the past I could say like I did. Is this correct?

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MUGEMANYI
15/05/2016
RW
2320
points

You're good at English Pavlo, we need your support on the website.


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MUGEMANYI
15/05/2016 21:16
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

You're good at English Pavlo, we need your support on the website.

Rich's picture
Rich
05/05/2016
ES
594
points

Yes, you're right. You need to take away the idea of the finished past. Also, you shouldn't use 'that' in your original sentence because there isn't a relative clause here.

Hope that helps.


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Rich
05/05/2016 18:23
Spain
Liverpool
594

Yes, you're right. You need to take away the idea of the finished past. Also, you shouldn't use 'that' in your original sentence because there isn't a relative clause here.

Hope that helps.

SalvaGH
04/05/2016
ES
841
points

Correct me. This season has been one of the most exciting that I ever experienced because we all have seen how a humble team mainly made of cast-offs have achieved such an important title as it is The Premier League. I think that everyone is excited about it as this accomplishment makes us all also believe that everything is possible and I am sure that from now on we are going to experience more upsets like this not only in football but in other sports too. At the beginning of the season no one would have predicted that and as of this achievement I think people are going to support and bet on more humble teams. As Ranieri said, I also think that for Leicester that was a one-off title win and they are not going to fight for the Premier League next season but I believe they can do it very well.
To wrap it up, without doubt this is one of the biggest upsets in football history and it will always be remembered, perhaps as the milestone that changed the sport, who knows it? we'll find out as years go by.


SalvaGH
04/05/2016 10:49
Spain
Manchester City
841

Correct me. This season has been one of the most exciting that I ever experienced because we all have seen how a humble team mainly made of cast-offs have achieved such an important title as it is The Premier League. I think that everyone is excited about it as this accomplishment makes us all also believe that everything is possible and I am sure that from now on we are going to experience more upsets like this not only in football but in other sports too. At the beginning of the season no one would have predicted that and as of this achievement I think people are going to support and bet on more humble teams. As Ranieri said, I also think that for Leicester that was a one-off title win and they are not going to fight for the Premier League next season but I believe they can do it very well.
To wrap it up, without doubt this is one of the biggest upsets in football history and it will always be remembered, perhaps as the milestone that changed the sport, who knows it? we'll find out as years go by.

Rich's picture
Rich
04/05/2016
ES
594
points

Hi SalvaGH

I agree wholeheartedly with what you say as I think that many more fans, players and clubs will look at themselves before the start of next season and believe that they can pull off the seemingly impossible á la Leicester City.

As always your English is great and you use a lot of advanced vocabulary such as 'one-off' and ´cast-offs'. I've made a couple of comments below about things you should watch out for.

  1. There are a couple of uses of 'as' that are a little unclear. You say 'such an important title as it is The Premier League' but it would be better to say something like; 'an important title such as The Premier League'. You say; 'as of this achievement I think people are going to...', it would be better to use because here.
  2. You sometimes tend to use 'it' a little too much. The phrases 'to wrap it up' and 'who knows it' can be used without 'it'. You could remove 'about it' from this sentence 'I think that everyone is excited about it as this accomplishment' and 'it' from this sentence: 'but I believe they can do it very well'.

Hope that helps and you might be right about Man City being tired. How do you think the Champions League semi-final will pan out?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
04/05/2016 15:38
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi SalvaGH

I agree wholeheartedly with what you say as I think that many more fans, players and clubs will look at themselves before the start of next season and believe that they can pull off the seemingly impossible á la Leicester City.

As always your English is great and you use a lot of advanced vocabulary such as 'one-off' and ´cast-offs'. I've made a couple of comments below about things you should watch out for.

  1. There are a couple of uses of 'as' that are a little unclear. You say 'such an important title as it is The Premier League' but it would be better to say something like; 'an important title such as The Premier League'. You say; 'as of this achievement I think people are going to...', it would be better to use because here.
  2. You sometimes tend to use 'it' a little too much. The phrases 'to wrap it up' and 'who knows it' can be used without 'it'. You could remove 'about it' from this sentence 'I think that everyone is excited about it as this accomplishment' and 'it' from this sentence: 'but I believe they can do it very well'.

Hope that helps and you might be right about Man City being tired. How do you think the Champions League semi-final will pan out?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

SalvaGH
04/05/2016
ES
841
points

First, thanks you very much for your advice, I really appreciate it.

In respect with the Champions League semi-final, I think that Real Madrid will win and therefore, we will have the same Spanish final as two years ago and hopefully, it will be even more thrilling this time.
I would bet on a 3-1 for Real Madrid tonight.


SalvaGH
04/05/2016 17:50
Spain
Manchester City
841

First, thanks you very much for your advice, I really appreciate it.

In respect with the Champions League semi-final, I think that Real Madrid will win and therefore, we will have the same Spanish final as two years ago and hopefully, it will be even more thrilling this time.
I would bet on a 3-1 for Real Madrid tonight.

Rich's picture
Rich
04/05/2016
ES
594
points

I'll be cheering for Manchester City, but it's more in hope than expectation!


Rich's picture
Rich
04/05/2016 18:11
Spain
Liverpool
594

I'll be cheering for Manchester City, but it's more in hope than expectation!

SalvaGH
04/05/2016
ES
841
points

​I don't agree with Rich this time with the prediction. I am going to go for an Arsenal win. I think Man.City will be tired and they will not perform at his best because of the match against Real Madrid. So, final score: Man.City 1-3 Arsenal.


SalvaGH
04/05/2016 10:28
Spain
Manchester City
841

​I don't agree with Rich this time with the prediction. I am going to go for an Arsenal win. I think Man.City will be tired and they will not perform at his best because of the match against Real Madrid. So, final score: Man.City 1-3 Arsenal.

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kwesimanifest
04/05/2016
GH
4768
points

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


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kwesimanifest
04/05/2016 09:47
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

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

admin's picture
admin
04/05/2016
GB
560
points

Well done Kwesimanifest!

I've censored your comment so that other people can guess.

Thanks

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team


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admin
04/05/2016 10:09
United Kingdom
Arsenal
560

Well done Kwesimanifest!

I've censored your comment so that other people can guess.

Thanks

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team

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