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Sentence Transformations...

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Sentence Transformation Advice

Some basic things to think about in part 4 of FCE and part 5 of CAE. Questions and comments (and additions) welcome! 
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Report Shopping List

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What to include in your report.


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Article Shopping List

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Things to Include in your Article
vocabulary connected to the topicgrammar to do the action in the question ("give advice" >>> should, if I were you, etc.)stay within 10% of the word limitwrite sufficient clear paragrpahsconnect your sentencestry to be interestingshow some personalitydon't forget a title Follow us on

First Writing Part 1. Two Samples.

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Two First Formal Letters.

Take a look at these two letters answering the same Part 1 question. Decide which you think is better and why. You'll find corrections underneath. 

Letter 1
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to apply to the [m1]Adrenalin Adventure whichü I have seen the advertisement in a magazine. I am thinking in[m2] the possibility of surfing or horse-riding. Could it be possible?
We are a group of seven[m3]. We would like to know ifü |+| is possible to sleep in single rooms, just becauseü |+| is not very confortable[m4] to share the room with other people. Could you search if there are places avaliable on 12-13 august[m5]?
I would be grateful if you could tell me ifü the prize [m6]includes meals and hire of equipment[m7]? We are also worried about the lower age limit since I have a friend who is only 17. Could he come?
I look forward to hearing from you

Formal English - 10 points to correct and think about

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Extracts from formal writing homework - comments follow below. Note that all of them contain good along with things to work on. Add comments or ask questions as you wish. (To add comments you need to click on the title and open this post in a new window)

1.We would regret having to take this matter further.[m1] 2.some points which I think are not true[m2] in your article 3.I would like to draw up your attentionü[to…..] [m3]in order to voiceü my disappointment with the article publishedü in the local newspaper recently 4.must disagree[m4] whith your version of events 5.I would like that your article[m5] had included Dear Sir, 6.My name is Joseph Martin Smith[m6] and I am a member of the 7.

Advanced Use of English Part 2

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If you'd like an extra exercise on filling gaps, have a go at a sample practice of an Open Cloze test here
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Formal in Informal

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How does your reader know if your writing is formal or informal? Simple - the very first sentence or two will tell them - often from the vocabulary on its own.
So, take a look at these two first sentences:
My greatest ambition would be to set up a new businessvs
My greatest ambition would be to establish a new businessOnly one word different, but one's certainly a bit more formal than the other!

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First Use of English Part 1: extra

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Go here for information from Cambridge on part 1, and here for a practice exercise from Flo-Joe.
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