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PERSONALITY TRAITSThe military attracted the most ambitious young men eager to prove themselves.Ambitious: having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed.
He was very confident and was never scared of anyone.
Confident: feeling or showing confidence in oneself; self-assured.His ideas were not original. He wasn't a creative thinker.
Creative: using the ability to make or think of new things.He couldn't adapt to changes. He wasn't flexible enough.
Flexible: ready and able to change so as to adapt to different circumstances.A climber who is determined to reach the top of the mountain does not fear the cold weather.
Determined: wanting to do something very much and not allowing anyone or any difficulties to stop you.It won't be easy because we have a very young and inexperienced team.
Inexperienced: having little knowledge or experience of a particular thing.He is poor because he is too lazy to work.
Lazy: unwilling to work or use energy.He was uncooperative: unwilling to do his homework or help others.
Uncooperative: unwilling to help others or do what they ask.The best companies seem to be those that are adaptable to change.
Adaptable: able to adjust to new conditions.She's pretty easygoing and tend to get along with most people.
Easygoing: relaxed and not easily upset or worried.He was efficient at his job and respected by everyone.
Efficient: working in a well-organized and competent way.I'm sorry I was rude to you.
Rude: offensively impolite or ill-mannered.The ideal candidate will be someone who is energetic and enthusiastic about this project.Energetic: showing or involving great activity or vitality.He's going to do well in his studies. He's very focused.
Focused: having or showing a clear and definite purpose.She was vindictive; she wanted to hurt him.
Vindictive: having or showing a strong desire for revenge.He becomes aggressive and argumentative when he drinks.
Argumentative: having or showing a tendency to disagree or argue with other people in an angry way.She is very meticulous. She always carefully prepares for the test.
Meticulous: showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise.He's so arrogant, he thinks he knows everything.
Arrogant: behaving as if you are better or more important than other people.Our new manager is very nice but not very organized.
Organized: a person that arranges and plans activities carefully and effectively.He is always punctual, but his brother is always late.
Punctual: a person that arranges and plans activities carefully and effectively.He's a very selfish man. He has a lot of money but he never pays his child support.
Selfish: caring only about what you want or need without any thought for the needs or wishes of other people.You couldn't trust him to do anything important. He was too flaky.
Flaky: un unreliable person.She was in a bad mood at lunch and wasn't very communicative.
Communicative: willing to talk to people and give them information.Successful people are hardworking and determined.
Hardworking: always putting a lot of effort into your work.He never gets anything done because he's very disorganized.
Disorganized: unable to plan one's activities efficiently.She's very reliable. We can always count on her to do what she says she'll do.
Reliable: consistenly good in quality or performance; able to be trusted.Old people are sometimes forgetful.
Forgetful: likely not to remember.He's a brilliant professor but very absent-minded.
Absent-minded: having a lack of focus or attention.I'm not a patient person. If there's a problem, I want to solve it immediately.
Patient: able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.He's very clumsy and is always breaking things.
Clumsy: lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace.She's pretty easygoing and tend to get along with most people.Easygoing: relaxed and not easily upset or worried.
A: I love working with a team, but I hate sitting in long meetings.B: Do you like travelling on business?A: Yes, I do. I really enjoy travelling on business. How about you?B: I like working from home. I don't mind working with people, but I'm not good at leading a team.Affirmative statements with gerunds:I love working with a team.I'm good at planning.I hate sitting in long meetings.I enjoy travelling on business.I like working from home.I'm interested in learning foreign languages.Negative statements with gerunds:I'm not good at leading a team.I don't mind working with people.I can't stand working on weekends.
10. Conditionals - Type1
A: I need to lose weight. I put on twenty pounds over the summer. I just love candy. What should I do?B: If you don't eat candy, you might lose weight. Do you exercise?A: I don't have time to exercise. I work so hard.B: Well, if you work too hard, you may have a lot of stress. And then you eat more candy.A: I know. I'll stop eating candy. And I need to find time to go to the gym.B: Don't worry. If you go to the gym three times a week, you'll stay in shape.Conditional sentences type 1 are used to talk about real and possible situations. We use the simple present tense in the if-clause, and will/may/might in the result clause. May/might are used to express possibility and probability. 'Might' suggests a lower probability then 'may.'If you don't eat candy, you might lose weight.If you go to the gym three times a week, you'll stay in shapeIf you work too hard, you may have a lot of stress.If you work more, you'll make more money.'be able to' - 'able' means having the power or skill to do something. We sometimes use 'be able to' instead of 'can' or 'could' for ability.If you travel to an English-speaking country, you'll be able to learn English faster.If you study hard, you'll be able to pass the exam.
8. Relative clauses of time
A: I'm going to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park with my brother.B: Really? The summer is the season when people go to the beach.A: I hate the beach. Hey, let me show you my new camera. I always take a lot of photos when I visit a new place.RELATIVE CLAUSES OF TIMERelative clauses of time refer to a time (date or moment) previously mentioned:Summer is the season when people go to the beach.Christmas is the day when we give presents.Sunday is the day when people go to church.Adverbial clauses of time show when something happens:I always take a lot of photos when I visit a new place.When I catch a cold, I don't go to school.When I have a problem, I talk to my best friend.He always makes a mess when he does the housework.Before lunch, I always have a drink.
4. Infinitive/Gerund for uses
A: Check out my new watch. It has internet.B: Wow! Can you use it to send messages?A: Yes. I use it for sending messages and finding information on the Net.B: Does it have GPS?A: Yes! It can also be used to download and save digital music files.B: Really? That's amazing! Oh, don't forget to set the alarm. We need to get to work early tomorrow.A: Oh, it doesn't have the alarm.Gerunds and infinitives for uses and purposesGerundsI use it for sending messages and finding information on the Net.I use a GPS device for getting directions.Some people use tablets for sending messages.MP4 players are used for downloading and saving digital music files.InfinitivesIt can also be used to download and save digital music files.You can use the Internet to find information.Some people use tablets to send messages.MP4 players are used to download and save digital music files.Imperatives and infinitivesDon't forget to set the alarm.Remember to turn off the lights when you leave.Make sure to update your anti-virus software.Be sure to recharge the battery.Try not to forget your password.
6. Do or make
A: If you want to do a good job on that essay, you need to do you homework and do some research.B: I did my best. I made a great effort but I made a lot of mistakes. I made a big mess.A: Do you want me to take a look?B: Oh, that would be great.A: Ok. But first I have to make a phone call. I need to do some business with my colleague.B: No problem.A: When I get home, I'll call you. Then we can have lunch together, and I'm gonna have a look at your essay.It can be hard to decide when to use 'make' or 'do' in English. Here's some help.
1: We use 'make' when we create or construct something. For example:
My wife made me coffee this morning.I've made all the arrangements for the trip and I've made a great effort to get it all right.I'm afraid I'm going to have to make my excuses and leave.I have to make a phone call.2: We use 'do' for general activities. In this case, 'do' is often used with 'something', 'nothing', 'anything' or 'everything':
You expect me to do everything around the house. Well, I'm fed up!I did all my homework last night so tonight I'm going to do the housework.I did a lot of research and I think I did a good job on that essay. I did my best anyway.NOTE: 'What do you do?' means 'what's your job?'
3: There are many, many fixed expressions with 'make' and 'do'. Unfortunately, they don't really follow any useful rules, so you have to learn them.Words and phrases that could be paired with the verb do:do business, do the homework, do your best, do the washing up (to wash the dishes after a meal), do your homeworkWords and phrases that could be paired with the verb make:make a reservation, make a mess, make a mistake, make money, make an effort, make a phone callWords and phrases that could be paired with the verb have:have a bath, have a drink, have a good time, have a haircut, a problem, lunch, a holidayWords and phrases that could be paired with the verb take:take a break, take a look, take a rest, take a seat, take a taxi, take photosWords and phrases that could be paired with the verb get:get a job, get angry, get drunk, get home, get married, get readyWords and phrases that could be paired with the verb go:go bankrupt, go crazy, go onlineWords and phrases that could be paired with the verb keep:keep in touch, keep a promise, keep a secretSome other common collocations:pay attention, pay the bill, save energy, save time, save money, catch a bus, catch a cold, win a prize, give a present, tell a story, earn money, keep in touch (to continue to talk to or write to someone), go broke (to spend or lose all of one's money), commit a crime, catch a cold, ride a bike, book a flight, make a reservation, miss the train
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