Lesson 75

English Course Online 75

Today’s Focus:

  • Vocabulary related to word formation
  • Grammar point: Future perfect and Future perfect continuous.


1/ Sentence Practice

The course starts on Monday and you will be really breaking the mold. It is not every day somebody gives up a successful job to go back to university, especially something academic like modern languages.

That’s true there is no money to be made in translation or as an interpreter. It’s not like computer programing where it is possible to learn to design an app and make a fortune. However, as I work on the internet that gives me a far greater scope.

I speak English as do 400 million others but if I can master Spanish I can double my audience. Surely it would be cheaper to find a bilingual secretary than take three years out of your working life learning the language.

It is not just about money the desire to study is my ongoing obsession with self-improvement and education.

It looks like you will soon have forgotten what working in an office is like. By this time next year, you will have learned three new languages. I hope you will not have forgotten about me by then.

People grow apart you know. next month we will have been together seven years.

I am only going to the other side of London, admittedly that it is too far to commute but I can be home in a couple of hours.

You know me I am not the most sociable man in the world who else would put up with a curmudgeon like me.

That is true, I had not thought of that.

Steady on, that was not an invitation for a brutal attack of irony.

This time next week I’ll be studying grammar and you will be working hard.

The weekend will be arriving before you know it and we will soon find a comfortable routine.

If I could find a way of continuing my studies and earning money at the same time, believe me, I would do it.

I think that in the future more and more people will be returning to study.

I will tell you about everything as soon as I arrive.

I will send you some photos by Watsup once I’ve moved in.

I will keep you up to date until you have moved in with me next term.

I am just about to go to bed, do you need anything?

I’m on the point of getting a cup of cocoa, would you like one?

I am due to meet my boss tomorrow about a pay rise.

I thought you would have asked him before.

I wish you luck as there is no harm in asking but a leopard doesn’t change its spots.

I am sure he has had a change of heart since the last time I asked him. He knows I know the job inside out.

Well stick to your guns and if he doesn’t agree you will just have to turn over a new leaf.

You have all the tools of the trade even with all the mod cons you will not be easy to replace.

Thank you for the reassurance.

You’re to get to bed before midnight then.



2/ Vocabulary Practice

Word formation

  • adapt-adaption-adaptor-adaptable
  • adjust-adjustable-adjustment
  • alter-alteration-alternate
  • capable-capability-incapable
  • change-exchange-interchange
  • continue-discontinue-continuity
  • convert-conversion-convertible
  • electric-electrify-electricity
  • endure-endurance-enduring
  • evolve-evolution-evolving
  • flexible-inflexible-flexibility
  • modern-modernity-modernisation
  • new-renew-newly
  • persist- persistently-persistence.
  • place-placement-replace
  • process-processor-processed
  • revolt-revolution-revolting
  • to convert
  • decay
  • to deteriorate
  • to distort
  •  last
  • to maintain
  • mature
  • to modify
  • to reform
  • to remain
  • to revise
  • to switch
  • to transform
  • trend
  • uniform
  • no harm in asking
  • a leopard doesn’t change its spots
  • breaking the mould
  • just about to
  • on the verge of
  • a change of heart
  • to know something inside out.
  • stick to your guns
  • to turn over a new leaf
  • all the tools of the trade
  • all the mod cons
  • to be due to


3/ Grammar Practice


4/ Practice Quiz

Complete the quizzes below.

  1. Today’s comprehension interactive video: 
  2. Today’s sentences drag and drop: 
  3. Today’s grammar fill in the right words: 


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