Listen to an interview with a recruitment expert, who talks about his experience of reading CVs and offers some good advice on writing them.

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Weak forms are syllable sounds that become unstressed in connected speech and are often then pronounced as a schwa.

In the sentence below the first 'do' is a weak form and the second is stressed.

What do you want to do this evening?

Weak forms are very common in English. Listen carefully and fill in the gaps with the missing words typed out in full.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


thanks it is very useful

It's useful me too.

Writing a CV (or resume in American English) is a long past for me as I'm a freelance translator of English. However, when I look back the days when I wrote CVs, it was embarassing because I was a bad CV writer, a lot of irrelevant information, putting on a photo of my own, telling about primary school... I should have read this page first!

in this sentence : so I’m the person who reads the hundreds of CVs we get sent each year!
(we get sent each year) sent or receive? I think it must be receive . please help me to understand . thank

Hello nicky62,

The verb here is a passive form. We usually use 'be' to form the passive (e.g. 'are sent') but we can also use 'get' in informal contexts ('get sent'). You could use 'receive' as an active verb instead of 'get sent'.

Thus all of these are possible:


...the hundreds of CVs we are sent each year

...the hundreds of CVs we get sent each year

...the hundreds of CVs we recive each year


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

thank you very much peter your explanation was really helpful .

I would like to understand the difference between the sentences:

" we should be sending " and " we should send". They have the same meaning or one of them isn't correct?

I think it is necessary the sentence to see the use of both, but I can tell you that these two sentences are in different tenses.

Hello alidan83,

The difference here is not tense but aspect. Specifically, should be + verb-ing is a continuous form which should + verb is a simple form. There is no tense difference, however.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello bannino,

Both of these are possible forms but it's impossible to say which is correct without knowing the context in which they are used. If you can provide the sentence in which you want to use them then we'll be able to comment on which is correct, or whether both can be used.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team