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Revision exercises (skeleton of verbs, conjugation, sentences, vocabulary)

24 February 2019

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Sample of a pedagogy A4 paper.

METHOD for Business English 2, second term 


Exercises of revision

Business English 2 (second term)

skeleton of verbs, conjugation, sentences


Name and surname:



NOTE: All exercises must follow the instructions literally(ad pedem litterae). If you are asked to translate a sentence into Spanish and you let it undone, the exercise will be invalidated.

Read every point carefully. I recommend you to read them twice


1/write the skeleton of these verbs as in the example below:

comprar-     TO BUY    BOUGHT        BOUGHT

conocer- TO K……

ir-TO G…..

decir-TO SA…..

ver-TO SE…..

oler-TO SM…….

tomar, coger-TO TAK……


2/put the past participle form ONLY:

ser-TO BE      

caer-TO FALL

pagar-TO PAY

cerrar-TO SHUT

3/conjugate the past simple tense in the affirmative form of the verb TO FORGIVE (perdonar). Translate one form into Spanish



The rule of getting 2 vowels for a fly

8 November 2015

twitter: @eugenio_fouz


When we conjugate the 3rd person singular of the present simple tense of verbs ending in -y sometimes we wonder why the English drop the final -y and add an -i plus -es and some other times they just add a -s.

This is my rule: get 2 vowels for a fly. I will show this by means of an example:
We conjugate the present simple tense in the affirmative form of to MARRY like this:
I marry, you marry, she marries, we marry, you marry, they marry.

MARR-Y only has a vowel (considering the semivowel -y a vowel itself). According to the rule we must get 2 vowels, therefore we drop the -y and add -i plus -es. The result is: marries. (You can count up to 2 vowels) Otherwise that would be marrys which is not real English.

Take now the present simple tense in the affirmative of to PLAY like this:
I play, you play, she plays, we play, you play, they play
PLAY-S has got 2 vowels so there must not be any dropping of vowels.

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