Episode 4

 

Daniel makes some classic mistakes in his interview.

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Dear LearnEnglishTeam,

I've noticed different use of the words ON TO and ONTO. In the first sentence"move on to managing people" the words are divided ,and in the second sentence "...then move onto something bigger", it is one word. Could you explain me the difference between "on to" and "onto"? Thank you in advance. Kind regards,Dacja

Hello Dacja,

In British English traditionally the difference was as follows:

We use 'onto' where we are describing movement:

Let's climb onto the roof of the car - we'll see better from there.

I pushed the bike onto the pavement.

I stepped onto the bridge.

We use 'on to' where 'on' is part of the verb and/or is describing progress rather than movement:

Let's move on to the next item on the agenda.

After finishing school you can move on to further studies at university or college.

Open the web page and log on to your account.

However, this is changing. I believe in US English 'onto' is gradually becoming the standard form (though I am not from the US myself, so I am not 100% sure of this).

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter. It is always useful to learn new things.
Kind regards,Dacja

Sir I am not able to see the video. Can u please help me?

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I have been in some job interviews on both sides, but as an interviewer I have found some guys like Daniel, arrogants and with nothing of modest during the interview. This video shows what not to do during a job interview, it's very helpfull!!!

Interesting video. I hope one day I can speak fluent English. Speaking and writing are my weakness.

Tracy

i think this video very useful for worker like me. Not merely for gain knowledge about interview but also for learning process. Before this, i never noticed about classic mistakes. When i saw this video, i become more realized about the way we answer a question and body language. Thanks a lot British Council. I will learn from your website until i master in English.

Dear Learn English Team.

I have a wonder about Articles : I don't understand why Marcia said " Let's move on to managing people" but in next sentences " Let's move on to the presentation"...
Both of them are noun: managing and presentation.

Thanks a lot

Le Nhung

Hi le nhung,

Please take a look at the explanation on our definite article page - "managing people" is a new topic, whereas "the presentation" is a topic that's already been mentioned. If it's still unclear after working through that page, please don't hesitate to ask us again.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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