Toeic Structure

September 6, 2017 | Author: Ji Rim Kim | Category: Grammatical Number, Adjective, Question, Verb, Noun
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Countable Noun




Uncountable Noun without a/an/ -s

a /an/the Regular


Noun –s/ es

Note 1 a means/series/species – means .. a child – children a foot – feet a tooth – teeth a louse – lice a person – people a goose – geese a mouse – mice a man – men a woman – women on ox - oxen a fish - fish a carp – carp a cod – cod a salmon – salmon a deer – deer a sheep - sheep a crisis – crises

a thesis – theses a diagnosis - diagnoses a hypothesis – hypotheses a parenthesis - parentheses an axis - axes an oasis - oases a phenomenon – phenomena a criterion - criteria a memorandum – memoranda a curriculum – curricula a bacterium - bacteria a syllabus – syllabi a cactus – cacti a fungus – fungi a stimulus – stimuli a radius – radii an appendix – appendices an index – indices

Note 2: Twelve nouns ending in f or fe drop the f or fe and ad ves a calf - calves

a life – lives

a shelf - shelves

a half - halves

a loaf - loaves

a thief - thieves

a knife - knives

-self - -selves

a wife - wives

a leaf - leaves

a sheaf - sheaves

a wolf –wolves

a hoof – hooves/hoofs

a roof – roofs

a cliff – cliffs

a safe – safes

a handkerchief – handkerchiefs

a belief- beliefs



NOUN 2: Compound Nouns 1. Normally the last word is made plural boyfriends

city streets


travel agents

corner shops


shop windows

street markets



spring flowers


traffic wardens

November fogs

river banks

church bells

2. But when man and woman is prefixed both parts are made plural men drivers

women drivers

3. The first word is made plural with compounds formed of verb + er or compounds composed of noun + preposition + noun lookers-on



NOUN 3: Quantifiers 1. Many/several/various/numerous/diverse



2. A number of/numbers of


An amount of/amounts of

3. (A) few


(A) little

4. Fewer/ the fewest


Less/ the least

NOUN 4: Numbers 1. a /two/three… hundred/thousand/million/billion/trillion + Noun 2. hundreds/thousands/millions/billions + OF + Noun 3. Compound adjectives A three-year-old boy A 16,000-page book 4. one/two/three percent (no –s) of Noun ; but a/the percentage of Noun


4 (1) Subject _ Verb Agreement (2) Tenses (3) Active



Transitive V + Obj

V + No Object /Prepositional phrase (by, in, with…)

(4) Form a. After modal verb + Bare inf (can, could, may, might, shall, should, must, will, would, would rather, had better, have to, ought to, be to, be supposed to) V- ing ( active/ continuous tenses) b. After ‘be’ P. P (passive) c. After ‘have’ + P. P (perfect tenses) d. Gerund >< Infinitive e. Finite Verb >< Participle ( Present Participle >< Past participle)

PARALLEL STRUCTURE 1. , 2. and 3. but 4. or 5. either …or 6. neither… nor 7. not only… but also 8. both … and 9. rather than 10.

whether … or


as well as



1. Pronoun/Noun Agreement

they >< it/he/she/we their >< its/his/her/our them>< it/him/her/us themselves>< which that (of )

>< those (of) (plural)

2. Which type? a. Subjective Pronouns (I/You/He/She/It/ We/You/They) -

Subject of a Verb


After ‘Be’

b. Objective Pronouns (me/you/him/her/it/us/you/them) -

Object of a Verb


Object of a Preposition

c. Possessive Adjectives (my/your/his/her/its/our/your/their) -

Before a Noun


Before a Gerund: We are surprised by their nesting in such harsh conditions

d. Possessive Pronouns (mine/yours/his/hers/ours/yours/theirs) e. Reflexive Pro (myself/yourself/himself/herself/itself/ourselves/yourselves/themselves)

3. Wrong spelling ( hisself/ theirselves/ ourself/ themself) 4. The >< Possessive Adjective Ex: His snake is a reptile. He devoted the life to science.

5. Double subject/object Ex: Black Island in Long Island Sound it is surrounded by cold, dangerous waters.

6. Unnecessary relative pronoun >< Necessary relative pronoun Ex: Certain types of turtles that may live as long as 100 years. The woman lives next door is too nosy.



1. Adjectives a. Before nouns Ex: an important meeting b. After ‘be’ and other linking verbs

- be/become - look/seem/appear/sound - taste/feel/smell - stay/remain ( = continue to be) - turn/get/grow/go (= become) - prove/find Ex: She looks angry. c. Some adjectives end in –ly: friendly/costly/cowardly/lovely/lively/

lonely/likely/ugly/early/monthly/weekly/daily/hourly/nightly/year ly/quarterly/timely/scholarly/womanly/manly/motherly/fatherly/ kindly 2. Adverbs a. Modify verbs:

Ex: Ann eagerly accepted the challenge.

b. Modify adjectives

Ex: Ted seemed extremely curious about that topic.

c. Modify participles

Ex: A rapidly changing situation / A brightly colored dress.

d. Modify prepositions/ clause markers: soon after / immediately after/ long before/ shortly before

e. Modify adverbs: f.

Ex: The accident occurred incredibly quickly.

Modify the whole sentence - general



- possible



- basic



- probable



- particular



- usual



- original



- innate



Generally, I like my class



3. Note a. fast (adj)  fast (adv) b. long (adj)  long (adv) c. hard (adj)  hard >< hardly d. high (adj)  high >< highly (figurative meaning) e. early (adj)  early (adv) f. good (adj)  well (adv)

VERB Differ Invent Compete Fertilize Decide Prohibit Prevent Beautify Originate Emphasize Glorify Mystify Socialize Generalize Simplify Free Construct Live

NOUN Difference Invention Competition Fertilizer/fertility Decision Prohibition Prevention Beauty Origin Emphasis Glory Mystery Society Generalization Simplicity Freedom Construction Life

ADJECTIVE Different Inventive Competitive Fertile Decisive Prohibitive Preventive Beautiful Original Emphatic Glorious Mysterious Social General Simple Free Constructive Live/living




Music Poetry Administration Photography Athletics Philosophy Creation Law

Musician Poet Administrator Photographer Athlete Philosopher Creator Lawyer

Surgery Architecture Farming Biology Theory Chemistry Politics Humor

VERB Restrict Cultivate Empower Analyze Familiarize Popularize Classify Categorize Absent Interest Bore Fascinate Produce Necessitate Collect

PERSON Surgeon Architect Farmer Biologist Theorist Chemist Politician Humorist

NOUN Restriction Culture Agriculture Power Importance Significance Analysis Familiarity Popularity Classification category Absence Interest Boredom Fascination Production Necessity Collection

ADJECTIVE Restrictive Cultural Agricultural Powerful Important Significant Analytical Familiar Popular Classifiable Categorical Absent Interesting Boring Fascinating Productive Necessary Collective



Dentistry Engineering Finance Physics Science Invention Crime/criminology Mathematics

Dentist Engineer Financier Physicist Scientist Inventor Criminal mathematician

History Editing Magic

Historian Editor Magician

Forecast Training Contest Discovery


Forecaster Trainer Contestant Discoverer


Biography Writing Geography

Biographer Writer Geographe

Manufacture Acting Collection

8 Manufacturer Actor/actress Collector

Hunting Dance Beauty Carpentry

r Hunter Dancer Beautician Carpenter

Employment Competition Labor

Employee/er Competitor Laborer


Strength Strengthen Strong Hardness Harden Hard Softness Soften Soft Depth Deepen Deep Ripeness Ripen Ripe Solidity Solidify Solid Length Lengthen Long Shortness Shorten Short Weight Weigh Weighty/weightless Blackness Blacken Black Fat Fatten Fat Nouns: hearing/sight/smell/taste/touch




Heat Light Brightness Thickness Richness Humidity Flatness/flat Height Darkness/dark White/whiteness Largeness

Heat Lighten Brighten Thicken Enrich Humidify Flatten Heighten Darken Whiten Enlarge

Hot Light Bright/brilliant Thick Rich Humid Flat High Dark White Large

Verbs: hear/see/smell/taste/touch

WORD CHOICE 1. Wrong choice of MAKE or DO 1) MAKE

an agreement/ an announcement/ an attempt/an effort/ a

decision/a discovery/ an offer/a profit/ a promise/ advances in/ a comparison/ a contribution/ a distinction/ a forecast/ a law/ a point/ an investment/ a plan/ a prediction/ a sound/ noise/use of/ a choice/ a loan/an appointment 2) MAKE UP OF (= be composed of ); MAKE UP (= compose) 3) DO

an assignment/the dishes/ the washing-up/the shopping/ the

ironing/the cooking/a favor/homework/the laundry/ a paper//research/


a job/ one’s work/ business with/ justice to/ wrong/ a kindness/one’s duty/harm/one’s best/a service/damage/ wonder

2. Wrong choice of like/ alike/like or as 1) Like/Unlike A, B + Verb 2) A, like/unlike B, + Verb 3) A is like/unlike B 4) A and B are alike 5) Like + Noun

Ex: My results were much like Paul’s

6) As + Subject +Verb

Ex: I did my experiment just as Paul did

7) As + Noun (=in the role of) 8) serve as/ function as/ use sth as/ be used as/ be thought of as/ be referred to as 9) regard/consider/name/choose/elect/select/designate/appoint/declare/

nominate/proclaim/announce s.o/sth (as) s.o/sth

3. Wrong choice of so, such, too

1) so + adjective/adverb + that Subject + Verb 2) so + many/few + Noun (c) that Subject + Verb + much/little + Noun (u) that Subject + Verb 3) so + adjective + a/an + Noun (c, singular) that Subject + Verb 4) such + (a/an) + Noun that Subject + Verb 5) too adjective + (for someone) + to do something 6) enough + noun +( for someone) to do something 7) adjective/adverb + enough + (for someone) to do something


4. Wrong choice of because or because of; although or in spite of /despite; when/while or during Adverb clause markers + S+ V

Preposition + Noun/NP


because of/ due to/ on account of

although/though/even though

in spite of/ despite



5. Wrong choice of ANOTHER or OTHER Adjective



another + Noun (singular)

other + Noun (plural) Determiner (the, some, any, every, one, no) + other + Noun


another (an additional one)

(sing) the other/the others

Ex: Give me another.

Ex: Of the two teachers, one is experienced, and the other is not.


each other / one another from one …

to another

6. Other word form problems BE CAREFUL WITH THESE PAIRS OF WORDS 1) no + noun >< not … any 2) no longer >< not … any longer/any more

11 3) most + Noun most of the Noun almost all of the Noun/ almost no + Noun/almost every + Noun the most +adj/adv (superlative) 4) almost + quantifier/adjective/adverb (Word Order) 5) twice (adjective) >< double (verb) Note: be twice as… as… 6) earliest >< soonest 7) one /two/three…percent of >< a /the percentage of 8) after >< afterward (adv = after that ) 9) ago >< before 10) tell so that >< say that/say to so that Note: tell a story/a lie/lies/the truth/ a secret 11)hardly ever >< never 12)hard/hardly 13)and/but/or 14)be alive >< live + Noun 15)old > < of age 16)near (=close to) >< nearly (=almost) 17)some + Noun >< somewhat + adjective 18)affect so/sth >< effect of sth on so/sth 19)already (adv) >< be all ready ( adjective) 20)among (3 or more) >< between ( 2) 21)and (conjunction) >< also (adverb) 22)beside (=next to) >< besides (= in addition) 23)costume (=clothing) >< custom (traditional practice) 24)farther/further (distance) >< further (= more) 25)formally (=officially) >< formerly (=previously) 26)hard >< hardly 27)imaginary (= not real/fictional) >< imaginative (=creative) 28)later >< latter 29)lay lie



laying +Object (= put/place)



lying (= be situated/located)

12 lie



lying (= not tell the truth)

30)loose (adj) >< lose (verb) 31)no>< not>< none 32)pass (verb) >< past (adj/noun/preposition) Note: pass = go/come past 33)quiet (adj) >< quite (adv) 34)raise + object/ be raised (passive) >< rise (without an object) 35)set + object (=put/place) >< sit (without an object) 36)thorough (adj) >< through (adv) 37)out >< out of +Noun 38)away>< away from + Noun 39)out/in (preposition) >< outer/inner (adjective) 40)listen to >< hear 41)lone/live/sleeping + noun >< be alone/ alive/asleep

7. Redundancy



connect together


important significant


repeat again


carefully cautiously


join together


established founded


proceed forward


protect guard


advance forward


original first


only unique


rarely seldom


new innovations


transmit send out


reread again


single only


return back




same identical


sufficient enough


chief main


separated away from


such as for example


incorrect mistake


necessary needed


progress forward


13 a) Inversion of the verb after certain adverbs Hardly ever

On no account

Hardly … when

Only by/in/ at/once/recently

In no circumstances

Only in this way





No sooner… than

Scarcely ever

Not only

Scarcely …when


(So) + adj or participles (Such) + be + Noun


I haven’t got a ticket. – Neither/Nor have I. Never before had I been asked to accept a bribe. Not only do they rob you, they smash everything too On no account must this switch be touched Only by shouting was he able to make himself heard. Only in an emergency should you use this exit. Rarely did this remedy fail So suspicious did he become that … So confusing was the map that we had to ask a police officer for directions. Such is the popularity of the place that the theater is likely to be full every night.

b) The subject and verb of the second clause ( not the first clause) are inverted when the following expressions occur at the beginning of a sentence Not until

Only if

Only until

Only when

Only because

Only after


Not until he got home did he realize that he had lost it. Only if you study hard can you pass the final exam.

14 c) In written English adverb phrases introduced by preposition (down, from, in, on, over, off, out of, round, up .etc.) can be followed by verbs indicating position (crouch, hang, lie sit, stand, be etc.), by verbs of motion.


From the rafters hung strings of onions. In the door way stood a man with a gun. On a perch beside him sat a blue parrot Over the wall came a shower of stone. In front of the museum is a statue. Off the coast of California lie the Channel Islands.

Note: Prepositional Phrase, S + V Ex: d)

Across the United States, the general movement of air masses is from west to east.

If + Subject + auxiliary can be replaced in formal English by inversion of auxiliary and subject with if omitted.


If I were in his shoes …


Were I in his shoes …

If you should require anything…


Should you require anything …

If he had known …


Had he known…

Double Comparison


The + comparative + S + (V), the +comparative + S + (V)

Note: the worse (not the worst), the less (not the least), the better (not the best)

Ex: The more he plays, the more he improves.

Incorrect Article Choice •





A eclipse of the sun may be either total or partial



without a/an (uncountable noun)





Rose Bird was a first woman in the history of California to serve on the State Supreme


a/an/the Ex:


without a/an/the

Slag consists of waste material and impurities which rise to top of melted metals. The most asteroids are beyond the orbit of the planet Mars.


>< Ex:

possessive adjectives

The Ozark Mountains of Arkansas are known for the rugged beauty

Note: - a university/ a European/ a one-parent family/a union/a unicorn/ a unique character - an hour/ an honest man/ an honor/ an heir/ an heiress/ an MP/ an FBI



Clause marker (a) S+ V(f) (b) Present P

, S+V

(c) Past P (d) Adjective Common clause markers: a. Time: after , as, as long as, as soon as, before, by the time, now that, once, since, until, when, while, whenever b. Concessions/Contrast: although, even though, though, even if, whereas, while, despite the fact that, in spite of the fact that, except that/however c. Reason: as, because, since, in that, in case d. Results: so that, so … that, such… that e. Manner: as if, as though f. Place: wherever g. Conditions: if, even if, only if, provided, unless

(,) (1) Clause marker

2. S + V + (Object) Conjunctions:


Conjunctive advs -


(2) Conjunction


(3) conjunctive adverbs

S + V + (Object)


and, but, yet, for, so, or besides, likewise, moreover, in addition, additionally however, nevertheless, on the other hand, in contrast, in spite this


therefore, as a result, accordingly, consequently




then, meanwhile


similarly, correspondingly, likewise


for example, for instance



ARTICLES A/AN 1. Before singular countable nouns Ex: Australia is a continent 2. To introduce a subject that has not mentioned before Ex: I saw a tiger. 3. With certain expressions a dozen

a/one half

a couple

a/one third

a/one hundred/thousand/million

a/one quarter

a great many

fifty miles an/per hour

a great deal

ten kilometers an/per hour

a lot of

$10 a/per day

4. With names of professions Ex: He is an engineer.

She is a doctor.

THE 1. Only one example of the thing/person or the identity of the person or thing is clear Ex:

The moon is full today. Please open the door.

2. With certain expressions the morning/afternoon/evening the past/present/future the front/back/center/top/bottom the beginning/middle/end the north/south/east/west 3. Before a singular noun representative of a class of things ( usually names of animals, plants, inventions, musical instruments, and parts of the body) Ex:

The tiger is the largest cat The heart pumps blood The Wright brothers invented the airplane. She plays the guitar.

18 4. Before ordinal number (Note: No article is used before expressions with cardinal numbers.) Ex:

The First World War (But: World War One) The second chapter (But: Chapter Two) The third gate

(But: Gate Three)

The seventh volume (But: Volume Seven) 5. Before decades and centuries Ex:

the 1930s

the fifties

the sixties

the twenty-first century

the 1800s

the twentieth century

6. Before superlative adjectives Ex:

The biggest island on earth is Greenland.

7. Quantifier + of + the + noun Many/ some/all/much/most/a few/all/... of the + Noun Note: These expressions can also be used without the phrase of the Ex:

Many books

not much paper

Some water

a few pictures

8. Before a group of people or a nationality Ex:

The Vietnamese are very hardworking The Swedish are proud of their ancestors, the Vikings.

Note: No article is used before the name of a language Ex:

She learned to speak Vietnamese when she lived in Hanoi.

9. The + adjective (= people who are...) Ex:

The rich should help the poor.

10. Before a specific noun Ex:

The coffee I had this morning was Brazilian (specific) Coffee originated in Ethiopia. (general) The rice that I bought today is in the bag. (specific) Rice is a staple in many countries.(general) The trees in this park are mostly evergreens. (specific) Trees provide shade. (general)

19 11. The + subject + of NP Subject (used alone) --> no article Adjective + Subject --> no article Ex:

The literature of the twentieth century The history of The United States.


I major in literature I study American history.

12. Before names of countries, states, cities, universities, colleges, and schools that contain the word "of" or before countries that have a plural name or an adjective in the name, except for Great Britain Ex:

The United States of America The Socialist Republic of Vietnam (but: Vietnam) The State of Florida (But: Florida) The city of Boston ( But: Boston) The University of Texas ( But: Boston University) The Netherlands/ The Philippines

13. Before a. oceans:


The pacific Ocean

b. seas


The Black Sea

c. gulfs


The Gulf of Mexico

d. rivers


The Nile

e. plural names of mountains


The Appalachian Mountains (But: Mount Everest)

f. plural names of islands


The Hawaiian Islands (But: Manhattan Island)

g. plural names of lakes


The Great Lakes (But: Lake Michigan)

14. Before the names of ships, planes, trains and people's family names Ex:

The Titanic The Orient Express The Browns


GERUND AND INFINITIVE I. VERB + TO INF afford agree appear arrange ask attempt

beg care consent decide desire deserve


expect fail forget hesitate hope learn

manage mean need offer plan prepare

pretend promise refuse seem struggle swear

threaten want wish try intend

Tom wants to become a doctor. Susan pretended to sleep. David promised not to be late again.

II. VERB + OBJECT + TO INFINITIVE advise allow ask beg cause

challenge convince dare encourage expect

forbid force hire instruct invite

order permit persuade remind require

teach tell urge want warn

invite recommend enable lead motivate use

Ex: They begged us to come. I warn you not to drive so fast.

Note: advise/allow/encourage/permit/recommend (1) + object + to inf (2) + V-ing Ex: He doesn’t allow smoking in his house He doesn’t allow anyone to smoke in his house Nobody is allowed to smoke in his house

III. VERB + V-ING admit appreciate avoid complete consider


delay deny discuss dislike enjoy

finish can’t help keep mention mind

postpone practice quit recall recollect

I dislike driving long distances I can’t help worrying about it. Would you mind not smoking in this class?

resent resist risk stop suggest

miss tolerate involve understand include



continue can’t stand

hate love

prefer like

Ex: It began to rain/ raining

Note: would like/love/prefer + to infinitive Ex: I would like to play tennis today.

V. ADJECTIVE / PARTICIPLE+ TO INFINITIVE anxious eager usual easy

difficult hard dangerous ready

willing able pleased prepared

boring interesting …

Ex: Tom is anxious to see his family. It is very dangerous to drive in this weather. We are ready to leave now.

Note: be busy/worth + V-ing. Ex: He is busy doing his homework. The book is worth reading.



approve of give up rely on insist on

succeed in count on keep on think about

think of depend on put off dream about

look forward to object to confess to devote to

dedicate to commit to

Ex: John gave up smoking three years ago. I am looking forward to going back to school.

2. ADJECTIVE + PREPOSITION + V-ING afraid of interested in

capable of successful in

tired of be/get accustomed to fond of be/get used to

Ex: She is afraid of getting married now. To gets used to getting up early.



SPECIAL CASES 1. STOP He stopped smoking (He gave up smoking; he is not going to smoke any more.) He stopped to smoke (He stopped doing something in order to smoke)

2. TRY TRY + TO INF: make an effort to do something Ex: I was very tire. I tried to keep my eyes open, but I couldn’t.

TRY + V-ING: do something as an experiment or test Ex: I’ve got a terrible headache. I tried taking an aspirin, but it did not help.

3. REMEMBER REMEMBER + TO INF: You remember to do something before you do it Ex: Please remember to post the letter. (= Don’t forget to post the letter)

REMEMBER + V-ING: You remember doing something after you do it Ex: I clearly remember locking the door before I left.

4. NEED NEED + TO INF (ACTIVE) Ex: John needs to paint the door. My friend needed to learn Spanish

NEED + V-ING = NEED + TO BE DONE (PASSIVE) Ex: The grass needs cutting/ to be cut. The television needs fixing/to be fixed.

5. MAKE/LET/HAVE + OBJECT + BARE INFINITIVE Ex: Sad movies always make me cry. I had the mechanic repair my car. (I had my car repaired by the mechanic My parents do not let me go out late at night.


look at observe hear

listen to smell feel

Ex: I saw my friend running/run down the street.

7. GO + V-ING GO

boating bowling camping canoeing

dancing fishing hiking hunting

jogging climbing running sailing

shopping sightseeing skating skiing


Ex: My sister went sailing yesterday

8. TO INFINITIVE can be used after the first, the second…, the last, the only and sometimes after superlatives. Ex: She loves parties. She is always the first to come and the last to leave. He is the second man to be killed in this way.

23 9. TO INFINITIVE can be used after certain nouns ability ambition anxiety attempt decision

demand desire determination eagerness effort

failure offer plan promise refusal

request scheme willingness wish readiness

Ex: His ability to get on with people is his chief asset. Ex: He made an effort to stand up. 10. catch/find/leave + Object spend/ waste + Time have fun/ a good time have trouble/difficulty have a hard time/ difficult time

+ + + + +

V-ing V-ing V-ing V-ing V-ing


WORD ENDINGS A. COMMON NOUN (THING) ENDINGS 1. –ism : baptism, criticism, organism, heroism, patriotism, alcoholism, barbarism, dwarfism, parallelism

2. –nce

: importance, significance, dependence, arrogance, resistance, subsistence

3. –ness

: bitterness, conceitedness, darkness, hardness, kindheartedness

4. –ion

: excision, damnation, pollution, suggestion, a notion, an action, vexation, concoction, completion.

5. –ment

: abridgement, accomplishment, banishment, commencement, embodiment, enhancement, excitement, fragment, garment, ornament, treatment

6. –(i)ty

: purity, authority, dubiety, majority, superiority, humidity, cruelty, faculty, honesty, plenty, safety, subtlety

7. –age

: baggage, carriage, cartage, damage, dotage, hermitage, homage language, luggage, marriage, passage, tillage, tonnage, vicarage, village.

8. –ship

: ambassadorship, citizenship, headship, professorship, chairmanship, fellowship, scholarship, companionship, friendship, hardship, relationship, craftsmanship, entrepreneurship, horsemanship, membership, courtship

9. –th

: bath, birth, death, oath, growth, stealth, filth, health, length, strength, truth, depth, breadth, wealth.

10. –dom 11. –hood

: earldom, freedom, kingdom, officialdom, wisdom : childhood, falsehood, sisterhood, brotherhood, neighborhood, likelihood, livelihood

12. –ure : closure, picture, scripture, legislature, nature, failure, pleasure, treasure

13. –cy

: bankruptcy, captaincy, democracy, privacy, delicacy, advocacy, confederacy, accuracy, obstinacy, piracy, , aristocracy, expectancy, efficiency, presidency, sufficiency, deficiency

14. –(t)ry: rivalry, ancestry, carpentry, industry, greenery, machinery, scenery, bakery, brewery, bravery, slavery, archery

15. –logy

: archaeology, geology, sociology, theology, zoology 16. –graphy : bibliography, biography


B. COMMON NOUN (PERSON) ENDINGS 1. – or : actor, creator, doctor, monitor, sculptor, successor, guarantor, conqueror, donor, governor, solicitor, tailor, visitor. bachelor

2. – er

: hatter, geographer, astrologer, cottager, foreigner, Londoner, New Yorker, northerner, villager, airliner, old-timer, sorcerer

3. – ee 4. – ist

: employee, payee, devotee, escapee, conferee, absentee, refugee. : chemist, dramatist, economist, geologist; dentist, pianist, tobacconist; Buddhist, Darwinist, idealist, Marxist, racist, optimist, pessimist

5. – ician

: magician, physician, musician, electrician, beautician, politician, statistician, mathematician, mortician,

6. – ant (10%) : assistant, accountant, consultant, contestant, inhabitant

C. ADJECTIVE ENDINGS 1. – ent : independent, sufficient, absent, ambivalent, ancient, apparent, ardent 2. – ant

: arrogant, expectant, important, significant , abundant, ignorant, brilliant,

3. – ful

: beautiful, graceful, powerful, grateful, forgetful, mournful, Exceptions: handful, mouthful, spoonful are nouns

4. – ic 5. – less

: civic, classic, historic, artistic, economic, : doubtless, fearless, hatless, powerless, countless, tireless, faceless, legless, careless, helpless

6. – ive

: authoritative, demonstrative, figurative, imitative, qualitative, talkative, active, passive, comparative, possessive

7. – ous 8. – able 9. – ible

: dangerous, glorious, murderous, viscous, ferocious, hilarious, : charitable, separable, bearable, reliable, comfortable, suitable. : audible, compressible, edible, horrible, terrible

10. – al : central, general, oral, colossal, tropical, tidal Exceptions : rival, arrival, proposal, withdrawal, survival are nouns 11. – ory

: mandatory, compulsory, predatory, satisfactory Exceptions : dormitory, promontory, territory are nouns 12. – ary : arbitrary, budgetary, contrary, primary, temporary, necessary 13. – y : angry, happy, icy, messy, milky, tidy, chilly, haughty, slippery, 14. – ly : beastly, cowardly, queenly, rascally 15. – (r)ate (10%): temperate, accurate, considerate, immediate, literate 16. – ish: boorish, boyish, foolish, womanish, bookish, feverish, bluish, reddish


D. COMMON VERB ENDINGS 1. – en/ en – : listen, happen, strengthen, lengthen, shorten, soften, ripen, deepen, widen, entrust, enslave, enlighten, entangle, enlarge, encourage, enable, enrich

2. – ate

: assassinate, associate, fascinate, felicitate, hydrate, separate, vaccinate, evacuate

3. – ize

: characterize, idolize, agonize, apologize, sympathize, theorize, authorize, extemporize, fertilize, fossilize, jeopardize, moralize, Americanize, carbonize, oxidize

4. – ify

: pacify, satisfy, petrify, solidify, horrify

E. COMMON ADVERB ENDING 1. – ly : amusingly, deservedly, firstly, fully, greatly, happily, hourly, truly, firstly, secondly

2. – wise 3. – ways 4. – ward

: crosswise, lengthwise, otherwise, clockwise : edgeways, endways, lengthways, sideways : backward, homeward, inward, onward, skyward, eastward


SUBJECT – VERB AGREEMENT A. BASIC SUBJECT – VERB AGREEMENT 1. Singular Subject + Singular Verb 2. Plural Subject + Plural Verb Ex:

My friend lives in Boston. Growing flowers is her hobby. My friends live in Boston.


Sing Subject 1 and Sing Subject 2 + Plural Verb


The actor and the singer are coming. Jean and David are coming back to Australia.

Note: However, phrases connected by and can be followed by singular verbs if we think of them as making up a single item. Ex:

Meat pie and peas is Tom’s favorite at the moment Fish and chips is my favorite food


Subject 1 +


of in addition to with together with + Subject 2 + Verb along with as well as no less than like/ unlike

One of my friends is here. You together with Tom are responsible for this failure.


or + Subject 1 +




+ Subject 2 + Verb nor

Neither John nor his friends are going to the beach



There + be +



There is a book on the shelf There are three books on the shelf

5. There/ Here


+ Verb



Here comes the Queen. Here lie many unknown soldiers.


Every Each Either Neither Ex:

Noun (singular) +

+ Singular Verb of the Noun (plural)

Each boy/ each of the boys has a gift.

Note: Each boy and each girl is to do this exercise.


Everyone Everybody Everything Someone Somebody

Something Anyone Anybody Anything No one

Nobody Nothing

Ex: Everyone has his or her own idea.


Singular Verb



A/the majority of A number of A lot of + Plenty of Some of None of Half of No Ex:

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Plural Verb

A number of refugees have been turned back at the border. Plenty of potatoes are grown here. None of the answers are correct.


The number of +




council association audience class club college committee community


+ Singular Verb

The number of books in the library has risen to over five million.

Any of None of The majority of A lot of Plenty of All (of) Some (of)


Plural Noun

+ Uncountable Noun +

Singular Verb

All the furniture was destroyed in the fire. company crowd department electorate enemy family firm generation

government group jury orchestra population press public school

staff team university faculty choir gang couple cabinet

Singular Verb ( if they are referred to as a group)

Plural Verb ( if they are seen as a collection of individual)

The team is winning. (the team as a group) The team are going back to their homes. (meaning individual members of the team)

30 belongings clothes congratulations earnings goods outskirts particulars premises



riches glasses savings pliers stairs pants surroundings + Plural Verb thanks scissors shorts jeans

The pants are in the drawer. (A pair of pants is in the drawer)


police people cattle poultry


Plural Verb

The police are looking for the missing child.


news physics politics mumps economics



measles statistics mathematics physics phonetics

rabies diabetes gymnastics athletics linguistics


Singular Verb

Physics is difficult. The news is alarming.


The titles of books, plays, movies, etc., always take a singular verb Ex:

The Los Angeles Times is on the desk. Gulliver’s Travels is a well-known children’s book.


Nouns stating an amount of time, money or measurement always take a singular verb Ex:

Five minutes is not enough to do this exercise. Thirty-five dollars is too much for this shirt. Four -hundred miles is too much to drive in one day.


The + Ex:



The poor need help.

Plural Verb



Fluids Solids Gases Particles Abstraction


Natural phenomena

Uncountable Noun +

Singular Verb

baggage garbage mail

clothing hardware makeup

equipment jewelry money

food junk cash

fruit luggage change

furniture machinery postage

water gasoline

coffee blood





ice iron

bread silver

butter glass

cheese paper

meat wood

gold wool







rice pepper

chalk dirt

corn salt

dust sand

grass flour

hair wheat

beauty happiness intelligence patience truth

confidence health justice peace violence

courage help knowledge pride wealth …

education honesty laughter progress

enjoyment hospitality music recreation

fun importance luck sleep

advice space vocabulary

information energy

news homework

evidence work

proof grammar

time slang









weather lightning darkness

dew rain light

fog sleet sunshine

hail snow electricity

heat thunder fire

humidity wind gravity


Smoking is harmful to your health.



century ( in the twenty-first century)

decade ( in the 1970s; in the nineties)

year (in 2007)

season ( in the summer)

month ( in July)

parts of the day ( in the morning; in the afternoon; in the evening)

the past/ future

amounts of time ( in/within an hour)

B. On •

date (on September 11)

day (on Monday; on Sunday morning)

C. At •

time of day (at 9:20)

night/ midnight/ noon /dawn/dusk/sunrise/sunset/the moment/the same

time/present/ first/last

D. During During is used with periods of time

It snows a lot in Montreal during the winter

His company grew rapidly during the 1980s During is NOT used with dates or days of the week.

E. Until Until is used with points of time to indicate that an action continues up to that point

Helen practiced the piano until noon

They won’t arrive until tomorrow

F. From …. To/until and between … and These phrases are used with starting points and ending points

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From 1990 to/until 1993, Mr. Nolan was in charge of the sales division.

Between 1990 and 1993, Mr. Nolan was in charge of the sales division.

G. Since/ For Since and for are generally used with a perfect tense

We've been waiting here since two o'clock.

The factory has been here since the 1970s.

We had been talking for a good half hour.


the world

continent (in Asia)

country ( in China)

state/province (in California; in Ontario)

in city ( in Munich)

building (in the Empire State Building)

room (in the living room)

B. On •

earth (the origin of life on Earth)

street ( on Wall Street)

coast ( on the East Coast)

floor ( on the second floor)

C. At •

address (at 634 Sutter Street)

building (at the museum)


D. From … to and between … and •

They're building a new road between Manchester and Sheffield.

They're building a new road from Manchester to Sheffield.



A. In •

clothes ( in a gray suit)

language ( written in Vietnamese)

book ( in the Complete Guide to TOEIC)

newspaper ( in the International Herald-Tribune)

magazine ( in Times)

department ( in the sales department)

field ( in computer science)

one’s opinion (in her opinion)

a car / a taxi (I've left my bag in the car.)

trouble (I think I'm in trouble with Dad.)

danger of (The bridge was in danger of collapsing.)

part (The failure of the project was due in part to his lack of leadership.

front of (He walked along in front of me, holding the lantern.)

the middle of (Jo was standing in the middle of the room.)

the back of (Two men were sitting in the back of the car.)

the rear (a passenger traveling in the rear of a car)

line (The kids were standing in line waiting for their teacher.)

the process of (The company is in the process of moving to new offices.)

B. On •

a vehicle ( on a bus; on a train; on a plane)

foot (It takes about 30 minutes on foot, or 10 minutes by car.)

a trip (We were all going on a trip.)

business (She's in New York this week on business)

holiday (I'm away on holiday until the 1st of June.)

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sale (These gloves were on sale for only $9.)

the market (Handguns are freely available on the open market)

schedule (The majority of holiday flights depart and arrive on schedule.)

time (Jack was worried about whether he'd be able to get there on time.)

(the) television/radio (Later that evening we watched it all on television again.)

the phone (Bridget's on the phone all day long.)

a farm (Joe had worked on the farm all his life.)

the other hand (I'd like to eat out, but on the other hand I want to save money.)

purpose (Fire investigators believe the fire was set on purpose.)

C. BY By is used before a point of time to indicate the latest time. By, in this

case, means “no later than”.

I will be home by noon. By can mean “next to”

She is standing by her friend. By is used after passive verbs to identify the agent of the action.

This report was written by Peter. By is used with means of transportation and communication

by car/plane/e-mail Note: in a/my car; on a plane Other By chance/ hand/ far/check/credit card/ means of

D. With With is used to express the idea of accompaniment or ownership

I went to the restaurant with Andrea.

The man with the briefcase is the vice-president.

With is also used to indicate the tool or instrument used to complete something •

He opened the door with his key.

He paid for the bill with a credit car


E. Without Without means “ not having, experiencing or showing something”; “not in the company of someone” or “not doing the action mentioned”

They had gone two days without food.

He found the place without difficulty.

She spoke without much enthusiasm.

Don't go without me.

I don't know what I'd do without you.

The rest of the group set off without him.

Don't go out without your coat.

He left without saying goodbye.

You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.

Suddenly and without any warning, the army opened fire.

He had gone out without his parents' permission.

F. Within Within can mean “during a particular period of time”

We should have the test results back within 24 hours.

He fell sick and died within a matter of weeks.

Within an hour of our arrival, Caroline was starting to complain.

Within the space of a year, three of the town's factories have closed down. Within can mean “less than a certain distance from a particular place”

The invading troops came within 50 miles of Paris.

We live within easy reach of (=close to) the shops.

Adjust the driver's seat so that all the controls are within reach (=close enough to touch)

Within can also mean “ inside the range or limits of something”

We have to operate within a very tight budget.

Private security firms have to work strictly within the law.

You can go anywhere you want within reason (=within reasonable limits)

He finds it hard to live within his income.


G. Beyond Beyond can mean “more or greater than a particular amount, level, or limit”

More people are choosing to work beyond retirement age.

Inflation has risen beyond the 5% level.

Such tasks are far beyond the scope of the average school kid.

Expensive luxuries that are beyond the reach of ordinary people Beyond can be used to say that “something is impossible to do”

Scott's equipment was damaged beyond repair.

The town centre had changed beyond all recognition.

Due to circumstances beyond our control the performance has had to be cancelled.

Why Joan ever married such an idiot in the first place is beyond me.




READING STRATEGIES OVERVIEW QUESTIONS The most common overview question asks about the purpose or main topic of the passage. Other overview questions ask about the writer of the passage or the reader of the passage.

 What does this article/the memo mainly discuss?  What is this form?  What is the purpose of this letter/announcement/notice…?  Why was this notice/letter written?  In what business is the writer of the passage?  What kind of business is Mr. ________ probably in?  Who issued/wrote this notice?  What is the author’s opinion of ______?  Who were these instructions written for?  Who would be most interested in the information in this announcement?  For whom is this advertisement/notice intended? -

Don’t answer the initial overview questions until you have answered the other questions

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Usually focus on the title and the first sentence(s) of each paragraph for the topic and main idea; also focus on the last sentence for the conclusion and a possible restatement of the topic and main idea.


Skim (read very quickly) the rest of the passage for the key words that will confirm the topic and main idea.


Read the answer choices and eliminate the distractors which may have one of these characteristics: a. too general b. too specific (detailed) c.


d. irrelevant (not mentioned)


DETAIL QUESTIONS 1. Information/Factual Questions often begin with the phrases “According to the passage/the author, wh- questions...”

2. Negative Questions contain the words NOT, EXCEPT, or LEAST -

Focus on one or two key words in the question


Scan the passage looking for the key words or related words (synonyms, word family)


Carefully read the sentence in which the key words occur. (You may have to read the sentence preceding or following that sentence as well.)


Choose the correct answer

III. REFERENCE QUESTIONS 1. --------------------------------- . A -------------------------------------

Initial position ---> usually read the previous sentence and find the noun that the referent replaces

2. ---------------------------------------------------------- A----------------------. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A.

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Middle/Final Position ---> usually read the whole sentence in which the referent occurs

3. This/ That usually refer to the whole previous sentence or phrase. So, read the previous sentence or phrase and summarize it.

4. Another ---> Look for One + Noun 5. Others ----> Look for Some/Many + Noun 6. The former/the later/ respectively

IV. VOCABULARY IN CONTEXT 1. Look for synonyms in the passage because the author may avoid repeating the same word.

2. Look for examples

- for example, for instance, such as 3. Look for contrast

- but, yet, still - however, nevertheless, on the other hand, in contrast, in spite of this - although, even though, though, even if, whereas, while, despite the fact that, in spite of the fact that, except that - not - rather than, instead of 4. Focus on the general context and see if context clues in the sentence or in the sentences before or after can help you guess the meaning


- Literal Meaning >< Figurative meaning Example: * He grasped my hand firmly * I don’t think you have quite grasped the seriousness of the situation.



Inference Questions usually include such words as “infer, imply, suggest, guess, probably, or likely” or such phrases as “Why … mention?” “What …. to do next?” “Which of these ….. is probably true?” and “ What …..probably do?” Answer choices to inference questions require students to 1. understand what the question is asking and know where to find the answer

in the

passage 2. relate the information in the answer choice to a synonym or paraphrase of information in the passage; and 3. determine what is true and not true in the answer choices

Note: Answer choices that contain such words as always, never, all, and only are usually NOT correct.



PART 1: Strategies for sentences about photographs 1. Always complete each item as quickly as possible so that you can preview the photograph for the next item. Don’t wait for the statement that says, “Now look at photograph number ______” 2. If you are previewing a photograph that involves a person or people, ask yourself these questions  What are the people doing?  Where are they?

 Who are they? (Is there a uniform or a piece of equipment or anything else that indicates their profession or role?)

 What distinguishes them? (Is there a hat, a mustache, a purse, a pair of glasses, a tie or anything else that differentiates the people?)

 What do the people’s expressions tell you? (Do they look happy? Unhappy? Excited? Bored? Upset?) 3. If you are previewing a photograph of an object, ask yourself these questions What is it? What is it made of? What is it used for?

43 Where is it?

4. I If you are previewing a photograph of a scene, ask yourself these questions Where is it? What is in the foreground (the front of the picture)? What – if anything – is happening? What is in the background (the distant part of the picture)?

5. Don’t mark an answer until you have heard all four choices. When you hear a choice that you think is correct, rest your pencil on that oval on your answer sheet. If you change your mind and hear a sentence that you think is better, move your pencil to that choice. Once you have heard all four sentences, mark the oval that your pencil is resting on. (This technique helps you remember which choice you think is best.) 6. Try to eliminate choices with problems in Sound Meaning Sound & Meaning

7. Never leave any blanks. Always guess before going on to the next item. 8. As soon as you have finished marking the answer, stop looking at and thinking about the photograph and move on to the next item.

PART II: Strategies for Questions/Responses 1. Identifying time Words you might hear in the questions

Words you might hear in the answers


When did ….



When will/ is/ is …expected, due / be… V-ing/ can How long What time When did Christopher arrive? When will the advertising seminar begin? When is Maria’s birthday? When was Mr. Chen born? When will my laundry be ready? When does Mr. Gustavson predict the construction of the building will be finished? How long will this session last?






yesterday/ last/ ago/ in (month, year)/ this morning… at + time/ tomorrow/next/ in …/ this afternoon/ on (date) for/since/ over …. at… Last Wednesday. At two o’clock sharp.


On March 3. In 1953. In about two hours. In about a month.


For another hour, perhaps.

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How long has the photocopying machine been out of order? What time does your flight leave? What time is the news on television?


Since 10:00 this morning.


At 7:30. It’s on at 11.

2. Identifying people Words you might hear in the questions

Words you might hear in the answers




Name/ Occupation title A man/woman … who ….


Whose Who will go with you on the business trip? Who’s the new chef at the Fontaine’s bakery? Who did Mrs. Martelli pick to fill the position? Who can deliver this memo to Mr. Wantanabe for me? Who’s going to pick him up at the station? Whose coffee cup is this on my desk? Whose scarf is this?


Possessive case (It’s + name’s) Ms. Preston



A man who worked at the Central Pastry Shop. A young intern from the marketing department was chosen. I can do it when I’ve finished typing this letter. I was planning to.


I was wondering where I left it! It’s Fran’s.



3. Identifying a thing, an action or idea Words you might hear in the questions

Words you might hear in the answers


What …? What kind/type of

 Something (…)  I don’t know


What do you think I should wear to the party What is the fine for overdue books? What was that loud noise I just heard? What kind of work does Ms. Garcia do? What kind of novel do you like? What’s the name of the travel agency this company uses? What are your total production figures for this factory? What do you plan to do when school is finished? What do you estimate your firm’s profit will be in December?




A suit and a tie. It’s ten cents a day. I don’t know. She’s a computer programmer. I prefer adventure stories. I think it’s called All Points Travel.


Over 1000 units a week.


Work for my father.


Optimistically speaking, about 20 percent.



4. Identifying an opinion Words you might hear in the questions

Words you might hear in the answers


How What’s your opinion of …? Do you think Tom will ….? What do you think of ….?

 Adjectives: great/ good/ terrific/


How did you like that new movie? What do you think of Scott Graham’s latest novel? What do you think of your new supervisor?


I enjoyed it, but my husband didn’t. It’s terrific.


I don’t know her well enough to say.


excellent / wonderful/ happy/ busy/ terrible/ boring…  Verbs: love/like/enjoy/prefer/believe/  Expressions: It’s a good/great idea

5. Identifying a choice Words you might hear in the questions -


…. A or B? …. prefer? … like better?

Which does that artist produce more of – paintings or sculptures? Will you arrive in the morning or the evening? Do you want milk or sugar in your coffee? Should I wait here at the counter or follow you back to the warehouse? What do you think, plain or patterned carpet in the waiting room? Will the conference be held here or at the

Words you might hear in the answers  A/B will be repeated in the answer choice  Neither one/Both, please  Either one

Note: The speaker can offer a third option - Lately, she has been doing a lot of -

paintings. In the morning, I think.


Neither one. Oh, come with me please.


Either one is fine with me.


It’s scheduled for this building.

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headquarters? Should they move the file cabinet to the right or over by the copy machine? Shall I put this file on your desk or back in the filing cabinet? Can you locate the files on the merger, or should I ask Mr. Chan to do it?


I think it looks good where it is.


I’ll take it.


I’ll have them ready for you in a minute.

6. Identifying an invitation, offer, request Words you might hear in the questions -

Why don’t we …? Why don’t you…? Don’t you want to..? I was wondering if you’d like to …. Let’s …. What/How about ….? Shouldn’t we/ Shall we …? Would/Wouldn’t you like me to ….? Can I…? Couldn’t you …?

Words you might hear in the answers          


OK I’d love to! Of course Sure That sounds like fun/ That’s a good idea/ Great, … Yes, please (accept the offer) No, thanks …. (turn down the offer) Thank you, but …( turn down the offer) Sorry, I’ve already made plans/ I have other plans. …( turn down the offer) Sorry, but ……( turn down the offer) We’d love to – thanks!

Would you like to join us for a game of tennis? Would you like to order a calendar for next year?


Shall we send you a reminder for your next dental appointment? Why don’t we go out this evening? Why don’t we take the earlier train home? How about a movie when we finish up here? Would you mind opening you bag so I can inspect it, sir? Don’t you want to go to the reception for Miss Gunther? I was wondering if you’d like to join us for dinner this evening? Couldn’t you stop at the post office today? What about visiting the flower show over the weekend?

- Yes, that would be helpful.

- Thanks, but I already have one

- Sorry, I’ve already made plans - Great, I’m exhausted. - That’s a good idea. - Not at all

- Sorry, but I’m not feeling well. - Sorry, I have other plans. - I might have time after lunch. - Wednesday afternoon would be better for me.


7. Identifying a reason Words you might hear in the questions -



Why is this train running late? Why didn’t you let us know you’d be late? Why did the board of directors change its policy? Why did the meeting begin so early? Why didn’t Mr. Danforth bring the situation to the attention of his supervisor? Why didn’t you get to work on time? Why does Ms. Ortiz want to see the invoices?

Words you might hear in the answers  To do sth  Because/ Because of Note: An implied reason ( usually a certain problem) can be given - I think there are mechanical problems. - I couldn’t find a phone.

- There had been too many complaints. - Everyone was in a hurry. - He though he could handle it himself

- The traffic was terrible. - There’s a problem with the shipment.

8. Identifying a description Words you might hear in the questions -


What is … like? What does ….look like? What are your new co-workers like? What’s the weather like here in the winter?

Words you might hear in the answers -

an adjective or adjectives


They seem very pleasant It’s cool and often rainy

9. Identifying manner or a method Words you might hear in the questions -

How will/can..?

Words you might hear in the answers -

By ( a means of transport …)

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How will you get to work tomorrow? How can we be sure that the order will arrive on time? How can I get more letterhead and envelopes? How do you handle inquiries?


With …


I’ll get my car back from the mechanic. Express service is very reliable.


Contact Ms. McKay in the stockroom.


I send out this pamphlet.

10. Identifying a location Words you might hear in the questions -


Words you might hear in the answers -


How far …?



Where should we meet so we can all go to the game together? Where are you staying ion Paris? Where did Maria leave the Oceanview contract? How far would you say Conrad Park is from here?


Names of the places Prepositions of places (in/ next to/ near/ beside/ under/ over/ on/ on top of/ at/ from/ behind/ right/ left/ downtown / at the end of… … minutes away/ walk/drive … km Let’s meet at the stadium entrance.


At the Grand Hotel. She put it in Ms. Garcia’s mailbox.


It’s about 10-minute walk.




Yes/No Questions & Tag Questions

Words you might hear in the questions

Words you might hear in the answers


Do/Does/Did/ Have….?


Yes /No/ Not



Don’t/ Doesn’t/ Didn’t …? Have they delivered our lunch yet?


Yes, it’s here.


Has the director already left?


Yes, he had an appointment.


Didn’t anyone train the new employee to use -

Mike showed him everything works.

the copier?


Did you ask them what time their flight would


No, I didn’t think of it.



Your managing director resigned yesterday, -

Yes, it was quite a surprise.

49 didn’t he?


Wilma gets reimbursed for the cost of driving -

Yes, but she has to submit a claim form.

her car to the meting, doesn’t she?


This new product should sell well, shouldn’t


Yes, it is priced fairly.


I would appreciate it



You want me to retype this document, don’t you?


You don’t want to start a new project this late in the day, do you?

I still have time

Part 3: Short Conversations I. Strategies 1. Between each question is an eight-second pause. That means there are twenty-four seconds between each conversation. You can accomplish quite a bit during this time. You need to mark your answers for the three questions and then preview the next three questions and answer choices. They tell you what to listen for. 2. While listening to each conversation, keep your eyes on the corresponding set of three questions and answer choices. Don't close your eyes or look away. Try to evaluate the four choices as you are listening.

50 3. Remember that distractors are sometimes mentioned in the conversations but are not answers to the question. Don't choose an answer just because you hear a word or two from the answer in the conversation. 4. If the correct answer is not obvious, try to eliminate answer choices that seem to be incorrect. If more than one answer choice is left, take a guess. 5. Mark your answers as quickly as possible so that you can preview the next item. 6. Never leave any answers blank. If you are not sure, always guess.

II. Question types A. Overview questions B. Detail questions C. Inference question A. Overview Questions Types of over view questions 1. Questions about locations 2. Questions about occupations 3. Questions about activities 4. Questions about topic

Question Words Where..? Who…? What …doing? What…talking about?

1. Questions about locations Where are they?

Tactics Listen for vocabulary that is associated

M: We don’t have any

Where are the speakers?

with a certain location

reservations. Is it still

Where is the man/woman?

- Terminal /carousel/check-in/departure

possible for us to get a


• Where is the conversation taking place?


lounge/ gate/ hangar /run-way 

table for two?


F: You’re in luck — a party

- Rolls/cake/bread  Bakery

of two just canceled their

- Stage/cast/scene/box office/  Theater

reservations. We can

- Chain/ring/necklace/bracelet  Jewelry

seat you in about fifteen or


- Menu/terminal/keyboard  Computer

twenty minutes. M: Great! I was worried,

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- Bulldozer/hard hat/crane 

but I guess this is our lucky night!

Construction site

- Dryer/hangars/detergent  Laundromat

- Pen/envelopes/letterhead/postcard  Post office

- Account/balance/statement /checkbook /

Where are they? A. At a theater B. At a party C. At an airport D. At a restaurant

deposit/credit/loan/ interest rates  Bank

- Surf/towel/umbrella/wave/sunbathe  Beach

- Lawyer/judge/witness/defendant/plaintiff/ jury  Courtroom

- Spectators/ cheer/ clap/ match/ player  Stadium

- Lane/driver/exit  Freeway - Suite/front desk/reservation/ room/ receptionist/room service/ housekeeper  Hotel

- Waiter/waitress/bill/menu/order/table/ seat/ reservation  Restaurant


Questions about occupations Questions

Who is the man/woman?

Tactics Listen for vocabulary that is associated

M1: There’s something

Who are they?

with a certain occupation

wrong with this switch.

What is he/she?

- Kitchen/pot/knife  Cook

Can you fix it?

What are they?

- Parking tickets/law/illegal/fine 

M2: It’s not just the switch,

• What is the man/woman’s profession / occupation/jon?

Police officer


I’m afraid. This whole

- Class/exam/student  Teacher

building needs rewiring.

- Software/keyboard/monitor 

M1: But that will cost a

Computer programmer


52 - Money/deposit/withdrawal  Bank teller

Who is the second

- Order/tip/guests  Waiter

speaker? An electrician

- Runner/training/game  Athlete

A banker

- Medicine/nurse/hospital/patient 

An engineer


A jeweler

- Instrument/orchestra/note  Musician - Stage/drama/theater  Actor

F: I want to put a new

- Passenger/Fare/Tip  Taxi driver

deck on the back of my

- Cash register/change/receipt  Sales clerk

- Newspaper/write/report/article  Journalist

- Switch/rewiring/ fix  Electrician

house. Do you know anyone who does that kind of work? M: Why don’t you ask Thomas? He did a great job repairing the wooden

- Pipe/sink/faucet/leak/drip/fix  Plumber stairway in my house. - Wood/furniture/ saw/ plane/ chisels/ F: I asked him, but he’s hammer/nail  Carpenter

working on a new construction job. Who is Tomas? A sailor A mechanic A plumber A carpenter

3. Questions about activities Questions What are they doing?

Tactics Listen for vocabulary that is associated

M: I’ve been waiting here

• What is happening now?

with a certain activity

15 minutes. How often do

• What is the man doing?

- Drinking coffee: cup, spoon, sugar,

the buses come?

• What is going to happen?

cream, coffee break

- Watching a movie: film, screen, theater, popcorn

- Going to the post office: mail, stamps, postal clerk, letter, package


W: One stops here every twenty minutes M: Good, we only have five minutes to wait, then.

53 - Reading a book: novel, pages, cover, character

What are the speakers doing?

- Making a telephone call: number,

Getting on a bus

receiver, dial, answer, hang up

Waiting for a bus

- Using a computer: keyboard, monitor, screen, software, crash

Taking a taxi Paying a fare

- Ordering food at a restaurant: menu, waiter, waitress, table, drink

- Buying clothes: suit, pants, dress, skirt, jeans, dressing room

- Eating dinner: - Waiting for a bus:

- Moving furniture: - Buying a plane ticket: - Parking a car:

- Driving a car:

4. Questions about topics Questions • What/ whom are they discussing?


Tactics Listen for vocabulary that is

• What are they referring to?


• What






the -




Examples W: Is there a dress code at your company? M: No, but most of the

The answer choices will be

men wear coats and

• What are they talking about?

four plausible topics. Incorrect

ties, and the women

• What is the conversation about?

answers may include details

wear dresses or suits.

that are mentioned in the

W: Oh, it’s pretty formal


• What







conversation but that are not the






54 conversation What are they discussing A.

A new

outfit that the woman is wearing B.


people dress at the man’s company C.


to buy clothes for work D.


social event that the man attended

B. Detail Questions Types of over view

Question Words


questions 1. Questions about time

• When….?

When does Claudia want to go

• How often…?

to the play?

55 • At what time…?

A. Monday

• How long…?

B. Wednesday C. Thursday D. Saturday W1: I need to call the theater to order tickets for Wednesday. W2: Why don’t you see the play over the weekend Claudia? W1: It runs only Monday through

2. Questions about

• Why did … happen…?

Thursday. Why is Mrs. Sompong leaving?


• Why is the man/woman going

A. To join another company

to…? • Why does the man/woman want to…? • Why




upset/ happy/ puzzled…? • Why did … not happen? • Why does the man/woman not want to…?

B. To start her own business C. To enter a race D. To





working M: Do you hear about Mrs. Sompong’s resignation? W: Yes. Our competitors made her an offer she couldn’t resist. M: I’ll wonder if they’ll appoint her as their new marketing

3. Questions about plans

manager? man/woman What is the woman going to do? A. Sell the camera planning/going to do?

• What



• What does the man/woman

C. Fill out a form

plan to do next? • What


B. Pay by check



D. Write her name on the card


• What does the man/woman M: And how would you like to pay for the camera? plan to do? W: Could I write you a check?

M: Certainly. I’ll need some form of identification or a major credit card. 4. Questions about

• What is the matter with …?

What is Ms. Kim worried about?


• What is the problem here?

A. Whether she has enough

• What’s wrong with • What is the man/woman concerned/ worried about?

money for her vacation. B. Whether she returned the book on labor

56 • What is the man/woman’s

dispute. C. Whether the airline will

problem? • What is bothering the

be operating or not. D. Whether her union will


get higher wages. M: Are you all set for your vacation on Friday, Ms. Kim? W: Yes, but now I’m waiting to see if the airline we’ve booked our return flight on will go out on strike that day. M: Oh yes. I head that’s a possibility. The company claims it has no money to meet the union’s demands. 5. Questions about

• What does the man/ woman


think of/ about …? • What is the man/woman’s opinion of …? • How does the man/woman

6. Questions about advice

feel about …? • What is the man/woman’s What does Martha advise Dan to do? suggestion? • What does the man/woman is



suggesting? • What is the man/woman’s advice?





advise … to do? • What

A. make

B. Walk to the office C. Turn on the lights D. Give a shorter report M: I’ll never get this report finished before the weekend. W: You’ve got to allocate your time more carefully, Dan. M: I guess you’re right. I’ll probably wind up working at the office all night again.

(See the strategies for part 2)


C. Inference Questions Questions • What does the man/woman imply?


• What is the man/woman saying about …?

• What can be said about…? • What is known about …? • What can be inferred from the conversation? • What does the man/woman mean? • What is probably true about? • What are they likely to…?


Tactics The answers for inference

Examples What are they likely to eat

questions are not directly stated

out for lunch?

in the conversations. Instead you

A. Soup

have to draw a conclusion based

B. Salad

on the information that is

C. Sandwiches

presented by the speakers.

D. Hamburgers

Read the question carefully and focus on one or two key words

M: I’ve heard nothing but

Listen for key words that help

praise for that new health

you make a logical conclusion

food restaurant. W: Same here. And I’ve got a coupon for the salad bar – buy one, get one free. M: I’m always looking to save some money. Let’s check it out for lunch


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