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Episode 10: You'll be a shoo-in!

Can Magda get her dream job by following Johnny’s interview advice?

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Intermediate: B1

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Dear LearnEnglish Team,
I confuse with the sentence "how far I’d be free to follow my own projects as part of the job". Does it mean how long do i need to wait the result. Can you explain me please?
Regards,
Kyaw

Hello KYAW ZIN SOE,

No, the meaning is rather different. The sentence means something like 'how much I would be able to decide what I do'.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

i don't mean " you'll be a shoo-in". can you clarify it for me?

Hello flamboyant,

You can find a definition for this (and for other words and phrases in the future) by using our Cambridge Dictionaries Online search tool on the right of the page. Just type in 'shoo-in' and click on the 'Look it up!' button to get a definition, examples and more.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I want to ask another question about task 5,especially sentence 4
"I only got a chance to ask one question", Is it wrong to say I got only a chance to ask one question. Can I understand that (only) come before the verb???. I read about only from the dictionary and that what I concluded from the examples

Hello hayaalqasem,

In this use, 'only' is an adverb and so comes before the verb, as you say.  The exception to this is when the verb is 'be', in which case it comes after the verb:

I only worked in the restaurant for a week.

I was only a waiter for a week.

Note that when we have a verb form with multiple parts the adverb comes after the first part of the verb:

She had only been working there for a week.

I will only have been working there for a week by then.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

You can find more information on adverbs and adverbials here (look at the menus on the right for information on specific kinds of adverbial).

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello every one
I have a question for English team
I didn't understand the task 4 what is the rule for it (Gerunds or infinitive)
especially the sentence : I don't get to see you much. what does it mean , and why we put "to see" instead of see or seeing
thanks

Thank you peter a lot

Hello hayaalqasem,

I'm afraid there is no rule for working out whether a given item is followed by an infinitive or an -ing form; it is simply a question of learning the patterns.  From this particular sentence, for example, you need to remember that we say 'get to do sth' to mean 'have the opportunity to do sth'.

You can find more information about verbs with -ing forms here, and more about verbs with infinitives here.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

can we say'they will be calling to tell.....' ?i heard this one says from magda.is it correct?what is the sentence pattern of it?

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