122 – 4 Patterns Using Go & Prepositions

I went for a bagel this morning.

I went to the shop for a bagel this morning.

Prepositions can be tricky for a lot of English learners. How about you? Well, for today’s podcast English lesson, let’s have a look 4 grammar patterns that use go and prepositions, so you can use them in your everyday English conversations and writing.

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Here are the example sentences:

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Go to + place:

  • I went to the office this morning.
  • Jack went to France in 2010.
  • Jen is going to Boston for the weekend.

Go + gerund (VerbING)

  • I go skiing in Vermont. Not, I go skiing to Vermont.
  • Bob and his friends went drinking at Rudy’s.
  • I’ve been shopping at Macy’s so many times.

Go + to place + for + noun/gerund

  • I went to Starbucks for coffee.
  • Yuki goes to Rudy’s for the beer.
  • We go to Jones Beach for fishing.
  • A lot of people go to Miami for surfing.

Go + to place + to verb

  • I went to Starbucks to buy coffee.
  • Yuki goes to Rudy’s to drink beer.
  • We go to Jones Beach to fish for flounder.
  • A lot of people go to Miami to surf in nice waves.
Today’s listening challenge:
  • What did you learn about the village?

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118 – Wish vs. Hope – Confusing Words Lesson

"I wish I knew where my dream guy was"

“I wish I knew where my dream guy was”

Wish & hope are two words that are often confusing to use for a lot of English learners. How about you? For today’s English lesson, I’m going to answer one of our listener’s questions. Luiz Antonio from Brazil left a voicemail about this topic. So, today I’ll show you the difference between wish & hope and how to use these words in your everyday English conversations and writing.
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Here are the example sentences:

Using hope:

  • I hope Jack has a good time on his vacation next month.
  • I hope Jenny can pass her exam.
  • I hope the Yankees win the game tonight.

Using wish:

  • I wish I were taller.
  • I wish I had a better job.
  • I wish I had a million dollars.
  • I wish my boss would give me a day off soon.
  • I wish Jack would quit smoking soon.
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer:
  • Michael likes to study languages because he is interested in learning culture through language
Today’s listening challenge:
  • How about using wish and hope in an original sentence in the comment area below?

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117 – Using Do! English Grammar Lesson

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She is doing a lot of work today!

Do is used as both a verb and an auxiliary verb. For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at how we can use do in everyday English.

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Here are the example sentences:
  • I like pizza, but I really do not like pasta (or) …I really don’t like pasta.
  • We live in New York. Our cousin does not live very close to us (or) … doesn’t live very close to us.
  • I do not watch a lot of TV because I work until 10pm (or) I don’t watch…
  • Do you like pizza?
  • Does Jack have an extra tennis racket?
  • Did they meet you at the mall?
  • Lori does yoga on Sundays.
  • Akira did kendo in high school.
  • Jen cooks, and Joe always does the dishes.
  • Make sure you do your homework before watching TV.
  • Tom didn’t do his homework and the teacher got angry.
  • Did you do anything fun last weekend?
  • Don’t do that!
  • I washed the car today. I do it once a month.
  • I always exercise in the morning, but today I did it after lunch.
  • Jack was singing again in the office. I hate it when he does that.
  • Lastly, we use do for emphasis before the main verb in a sentence.
  • Wow! You do like pizza. You at five slices!
  • Oh, don’t worry. Jane does like you. She told me so yesterday.
  • I’m sorry, but I do need to go home now. It’s late.
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer:
  • Thirty years ago, Times Square was a notorious place, but those days it’s a nice place for families to visit.
Today’s listening challenge:
  • What does Michael like to do and why?

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