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Creating a study group

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Nivel de idioma

Upper intermediate: B2


I created a study group when i was student, more precisely in second year of university. I think that a study group must be heterogeneous, everyone has to have a particular strength. The group should not be too large, and it must have a moderator, or a leader who can able to identify and exploit (for the benefit of the group) as possible as the strength of each others.

Dear Team, I am referring to a piece from the dialogue and I beg you, tell me, what happens with the seminar on Thursday.Bea says ''Thursday, no'' and Ali says ''that's on Thursday''.Finally, I dont know if there is a seminar or not on Thursday(s).
Ever grateful, nikoslado.

Hello nikoslado

When Bea says 'Thursday, no?', what I think she means is '[The seminar is on] Thursday, no?', in other words, 'The seminar is on Thursday (not today), right?' -- 'no' is a common question tag, though I can see how that it can be a little confusing here.

So everyone except Chris says the seminar is on Thursday, not the day (whatever it is) they are talking on.

Does that make sense?

Thanks for your very careful reading of our exercises and texts!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear teachers! Please explain to me how many ways are existing to say that something happens in two weeks (or another time intervals)? In this exercise I found expression: every other week

Hello Evgeny N

There are quite a lot of time expressions in English (or any language for that matter)! You can find lots of useful lists by doing an internet search for something like 'time expressions in English'.

Please note that 'meet every other week' means they will meet one week, then not meet the following week, then meet again the week after that, and so on. If we 'meet in two weeks' that means we meet two weeks from now. Perhaps then we will meet again two weeks after that, but it isn't clear from just 'meet in two weeks' -- you'd have to say 'meet every two weeks' to say that.

You could also say 'meet fornightly' (or 'meet every fortnight'), 'biweekly' or 'bimonthly', but please note that these last two words are ambiguous, since they both have two quite different meanings. They are also much less common than 'every two weeks' or 'fortnightly'.

Hope this helps.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I really can not understand this phrase : "The final exam is a way off." and also the test in task 1 for the meaning of that : 'isn't for some time.' , would you please let me know a meaning of that!

Hello arradfar,
The phrase 'a way off' and 'not for some time' both mean that something is not close. These phrases refer to time. You can also use 'a way off' to refer to something not being close in terms of distance.
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Peter
Thank you for that , I got it!