Likes and dislikes – verb forms

Verb forms

Look at the three verbs and what comes after each one:

  • would like + to have
  • interested in + having
  • wouldn’t mind + having

Infinitive or ‘to’ form:

I’d like to have a job that pays well.
I don’t want to work in an office. I would love to be a teacher.

-ing form

Some verbs are followed by the ‘-ing form.

wouldn’t mind having an office job if I can work with people. I enjoy working outdoors.
I like being part of a small team.

It’s not always easy to know if a verb takes the infinitive or the ‘-ing’ form. And some verbs can take both! It’s useful to keep a list of what forms different verbs take.

verb + infinitive verb + ‘-ing’ form
would like wouldn’t mind
want enjoy

How to write a CV?

Here is an activity you can do to help you write a CV.

You can listen to a podcast giving advice about writing CVs and do some online activities to check your understanding.

If you want to watch more videos about the process of hiring someone, have a look at the ‘You’re Hired’ series of videos and online activities on LearnEnglish.

The Business Magazine section of LearnEnglish provides you with articles which help with the language you need for work.

If you’re looking for more help and advice on writing your CV, these tips and model CVs from Oxford Dictionaries are very useful. You can also check these resources from the University of Kent on what makes a good CV, examples of good and bad CVs and more.

We had lots of questions about cover letters, and it’s worth practising some general email and letter writing activities before doing your actual cover letter. Our English for Emails resources are a great place to start, then you can practise writing a formal letter. For cover letter advice and examples, check this page from Oxford Dictionaries, and this one from University of Kent.

Finally, try this quiz from The Guardian on the most common spelling mistakes people make in CVs and job applications – it’s really helpful.

Remember

« As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. »

« La démocratie se perfectionnant, la fonction de président représente de plus en plus étroitement l’âme intime du peuple. Un beau jour, les simples citoyens de la campagne verront enfin le souhait le plus cher de leur cœur satisfait, et la Maison Blanche s’enrichira d’un complet crétin. »

H.L.Mencken

 

A lovely definition of Translation

In this picture painting by Corot, Orpheus is leading his wife Eurydice out of the underworld under strict instructions that if he looks back at her, she ‘ll turn into a pillar salt.

It’s a beautiful metaphor for translation because the backward gaze means the obsessive working with the text can turn the text into a pillar salt, as a lack of life.

The idea that you can just put a text into a machine (Google Translate) and get a perfect result requires a lot of understanding and interpretation to get text right.

eurydice

How to make Scotch Whisky in 21 steps

1 : Barley used in whisky production is grown throughout the British Isles.

2: The harvested barley is transported to a maltings facility.

3: After cleaning and grading, the barley is soaked in water inside large steeping vessels.

4: The barley is spread across the floor of the germinating and kilning vessel.

5: A rotating floor pushes the barley through a bank of turners which gently lifts the grain from top to bottom.

6: After th barley begins to sprout the vessel is heated by kiln burners, halting the germination process.

7:The barley is ground in a malt mill to produce ‘grist’.

8: Hot water is added to the grist in a ‘mash tun’

9: After mashing, the resulting sugar solution or ‘wort’ is drained off.

10: Fermentation occurs in a wooden ‘washback’.

11 : The resulting liquid is boiled in the copper wash stills.

12 : The first distillation produces a ‘low wine’.

13: The resulting spirit is put into oak barrels. These are often bourbon or sherry casks

14 : The aged whisky is then pumped into tankers for delivery to…

15 – 19  : Fresh bottles are sterilized, filled, capped, labelled and packed into boxes.

20 : Glue is squirted onto the top of the boxes to stop them shifting in transit.

21: Finally, the pallet of boxes is wrapped in cellophane ready for shipping.