Listen to an extract of an interview with a professor of Business Studies about the subject of motivation.

Professionals Podcasts - Motivation in the workplace


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Hello Nguyen thi Binh,

I'm afraid it's not possible for us to answer a list of questions like this. We have many thousands of users and we simply don't have time to provide such detailed information.

1. The second example is incorrect. We cannot say 'The manager's job has to motivate their works'.

2. 'Start' can be followed by either -ing or the infintive with 'to'. For more information see here and here.

3. In this sentence '15 million dollar' is acting as an adjective. It is similar to 'a ten-year-

old boy' or 'a five-day break'.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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Welcome - we're glad you found us!

The Tasks are exercises that you can use to see how well you've understood the recording. I've just checked them, and they all seem to be working. Based on the error message you report, I think that must have been a temporary problem. Are you able to see and use the exercises now? If not, please let us know.

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The LearnEnglish Team