Go to my Pearltree page to find some useful links.
Are you tired of making the same mistakes over and over again? Do you want to stop seeing those red marks on your test paper?
Then consider using some tricks to help you out!
What can you do if you never remember if you need or don’t need a preposition after the verb WANT?
First of all, it depends on the situation you’re in!
If you are at home, just google it!
If you google “I want to visit” (remember to use quotes!) you get 95.400.000 results!
If you google “I want visit” you just get 60.500 results (and those results come from “weird” websites, not British or American websites).
And even more importantly, when you start typing “I want” in any search engine (or in the address bar), you get suggestions from the search engine itself, and so you can see that “want” is either followed by a noun or by “TO + a verb in the base form”.
So, that means that you need the preposition TO after the verb WANT.
If you’re at school, doing a test, and can’t use the Internet, you can probably use a monolingual dictionary. Just look for WANT and read the examples.
But the best thing you can do to remember that you need the preposition TO when the verb WANT is followed by another verb, is to find a trick to help you out.
For instance, learn the famous Queen song “I want to break free”, and hum it all along:
I want to break free
I want to break free
I want to break free from your lies
You’re so self satisfied I don’t need you
I’ve got to break free
God knows, God knows I want to break free.
So, start singing and having fun, while you learn English!
And now, it’s your turn! Can you think of any song that might help you grasp a tricky grammar structure?
If you do, leave a comment below!
here is an example on how you could organize your vocabulary notebook, starting from the useful words and expressions we found in the article about Amsterdam.
First of all, you should decide how to sort the entries in your notebook. In my examples I have decided to organize it by grouping adjectives, nouns, verbs and useful expressions. For each noun or expression I have noted down a synonym or a definition, and an example, because it is crucial to learn new words and expressions in context.
So here goes:
(adj.) = VERY FAMOUS IN THE WORLD
Ex. A world-renowned museum
(adj.) = something you can’t easily forget
Ex. 30 unforgettable things to do in Amsterdam
(adj.) = with many different aspects
Ex. New York is an eclectic city
(adj.) = VIBRANT (it’s often used with nightlife) = EXCITING
Ex. If you visit Berlin, you’re going to appreciate the crazy and vibrant nightlife in the Western part of the city.
Ex. Endless shopping
(adj.) = beautiful
Ex. Drop dead gorgeous
Ex Enjoy the gorgeous flower market in Amsterdam
(adj.) = STUNNING (which takes your breath away)
Ex. Your hotel room offers a breathtaking view of the Alps / Dolomites.
Ex. Climb the 294 steps to the top of the tower and enjoy the breathtaking view, spanning as far as the Thyrrenian Sea to the East and the Appenines to the North
(adj.) = there is no other like it
Ex. A unique view / A unique landmark
(adj.) = Fashionable
Ex. A trendy district / area
If you like rock and traditional Irish music, don’t miss the trendy district of Temple Bar in Dublin, where you can enjoy live music in the evening.
An awe-inspiring monument / landmark / museum
Ex. Art enthusiasts will love the Van Gogh Museum
Ex. Football enthusiasts will adore the Wembley Stadium
Ex. Music enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ex. Architecture enthusiasts shouldn’t miss Rotterdam, the capital of high-tech modern architecture
Ex. Food lovers will love Naples, the city where street food is the king.
(n.) = a person who loves good food
Ex. If you are a foodie, don’t miss the central market in Florence, and try the typical street food, “lampredotto” or tripe with a glass of red wine.
THE HEART OF
= the centre
Ex. Let’s visit the heart of the city
(v.) = VISIT
Ex. Tour the Uffizi Museum and enjoy its amazing collection of Renaissance paintings
(v.) = DISCOVER
Ex. Explore the city on foot!
(v.) = take pleasure in….
Ex. If you love wine, visit the Chianti area and indulge in a tasting in one of the many cellars.
= TAKE A STROLL THROUGH = HAVE A WALK
Ex. Take a stroll through the magnificent Boboli Gardens and admire the many statues and fountains.
SHOP ‘TILL YOU DROP
= the shopping area is so interesting that you would never stop shopping
Ex. Shop ‘till you drop in Camden Town Market.
A FOODIE HEAVEN
= a paradise for people who enjoy good food
Ex. The old city centre in Naples is a foodie heaven
Ex. The street market in Siracusa is a foodie heaven.
OPEN YEAR ROUND
= open every day
“…. is sure to leave a lasting impression”
Ex. A visit to the Majdanek concentration camp is sure to leave a lasting impression
A MUST-SEE / A MUST-SEE SIGHT
= something you can’t miss
Ex. The David by Michelangelo is a must-see in Florence.
A HOTSPOT FOR ENTERTAINMENT
= the heart of entertainment and nightlife in a city
Read the article about the most exciting things to do in Amsterdam, and note down some useful vocabulary! You can use it when you write your own itineraries or sightseeing tours.
Which of these experiences you would like to do and why? Write it in a comment below!
What partnerships do you have?
Do you have any partnerships with airline companies?
Are there any limits for the luggage you can take?
Do you use scheduled or charter flights?
Can I change the departure date? Is there a supplement to pay if I want to change the departure date?
Do they serve a meal or a snack on the plane / during the flight?
Are the flights direct flights or do I have to change planes?
Am I going to get a refund if I have an accident before the departure? (Possible answer: No, unless you take out an insurance policy against cancellations.)
How much hand luggage can I take on the plane / on board?
Are the hotels usually situated/placed/located near the city centre?
What services and facilities are provided?
Do you use any hotel chains?
What kind of criteria do you use to select a hotel?
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