Wily words

Ok so I have spent most of the week surgically attached to my tissue box so I haven’t updated for a couple of days.  Today some common areas of confusion popped up so here is a little bit of clarification.

  1. Job vs. work

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMZnERI2nsA Here is a video clip outlining the difference between these commonly confused words.  Remember that we use ‘work’ in expressions to refer to the place where we work and the general idea (therefore without ‘the’):

  • I go to work by bus.
  • I left work late.
  • How was work today?

2. Travel vs. trip

Travel is our umbrella term under which a lot of more specific words shelter.  The most common mistake is for students to use ‘travel’ as a countable noun eg.  I went on a travel.  This is incorrect.  We need to use ‘trip’ in this situation.  ‘Travel’ is used as an uncountable, concept noun, for instance ‘travel broadens your horizons’.  It is the idea of travelling we are expressing here.

We can use travel in the plural form in the expression ‘on one’s travels’, meaning the places you’ve been to.  This can be used for someone who has been to a lot of places, ‘I met a lot of interesting people on my travels.’

There are various expressions using trip:

  • a round trip (to go somewhere and come back)
  • a business trip
  • a day trip
  • a school trip (an excursion is a physically demanding activity)

3. Verbs of visual perception: see, watch, look at

I thought this was quite a good general rule: http://www.bbc.co.uk/spanish/specials/1125_questions/page5.shtml

And for some quick practice: http://a4esl.org/q/h/9901/jd-look.html


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