TOEIC: Text Completion #1 + PDF

For my TOEIC students studying around the world, here’s a nice, simple text completion (with PDF down below) for you guys to complete.  Simple and quick with just a few questions, but really look into the answers, which are basically in present, past, perfect tenses – along with comparatives and superlatives.

34 Cathay Pacific Rd

Hong Kong, China

Dear Mr. Miu Shang

I apologize for _____(1)______ so long to respond to your cookbook proposal for

  1. take
  2. taking
  3. to take
  4. have taken

European Youth In The Kitchen.  My colleagues and I feel that your proposal has merit, and we would like you to support some additional information.

First, we would like to see a ____(2)_____ sample than the one you have submitted.  Please

  1. longing
  2. longest
  3. longer
  4. long

provide three more sample chapters with numbered pages keyed to a table of contents.  We would also like to see a copy of your resume and list of previous publications.  Most important, please include a few recipes for us to review.  These should _______(3)_______

  1. been
  2. to be
  3. are
  4. be

recipes that you yourself have already thoroughly tested.

Thank you very much.

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Text Completion PDF

TOEIC Grammar: Determiners & Pronouns

Determiners and pronouns

Point 1 Determiners Definition :

A determiner is a word that is normally used at the beginning of a noun phrase. Determiners include:

  • articles. There are two types of articles: – the definite article: the
    – the indefinite article: a/an
  • possessive adjectives
  • demonstrative adjectives

 

Some and any are usually followed by plural countable nouns and uncountable nouns and are used as follows:

some cars

any cars

some money

any money

         Some is used:

  • in affirmative sentences: He’s got some books from the library.
  • in offers and requests:Could I have some books, please?
    Why don’t you take some books home with you?

    Any is used:

  • in negatives (not any = no; hardly any; never any): There isn’t any reason to complain.
  • in questions: Have they got any children?
  • in affirmative sentences, any = “no matter which”, “no matter who”,“no matter what”
    You can borrow any of my books.

    Their compounds

    Their compounds, which are always singular, are:

    • someone/somebody, something, somewhere. I have something to say.
    • anyone/anybody, anything, anywhere. Does anybody have the time?
      You may invite anybody to dinner, I don’t mind.  You can invite anyone to dinner.
    • no one/nobody, nothing, nowhere. Homeless people have nowhere to go at night.
    • (everyone/everybody, everything, everywhere).
    • They can be followed by else. There’s nothing else to do.
    • What else do you want to watch?

However, you can also use “someone’s car/somebody’s coming” in contraction form to show position or just using the LV “is.”

 

Also, “else” is one of those words that’s very difficult to understand, simply because there’s not much of a translation into the Thai language.  Example, “what else do you want to do?” My students look at me cluelessly because they just can’t wrap their heads around it.

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TOEIC: Grammar: Prepositions

Prepositions link their objects to the other structures within the sentence.  They’re used to show placement, time, direction, cause, and location.

  • At is used with a specific time of day.

We will meet at 2:00pm.

  • On is used with a specific day or date.

I will go to school on Monday.

The contract wasn’t signed on the 25th of January.

  • In is used with a month or year.

The convention is always held in August.

Toshiba was founded in 1850.

  • At is used with a specific address.

Our new hotel is at 1117 Taylor Avenue.

  • On is used with a street name.

The office used to be on Sukhumvit Road.

  • In is used with a specific city or country.

The main office is in Yangon.

We have a number of clients in Brazil.

  1. __________ all the applicants, the woman who came in dressed sloppily in blue jeans and a T-shirt has the most experience.
  1. from
  2. by
  3. of
  4. to

2. Please not that though we didn’t anticipate local authorities searching our offices, an investigation will be held ___________ Monday at 9:00am.

  1. at
  2. for
  3. to
  4. on

3. Just like bellhops, front desk receptionists, and dining room servers, all housekeepers report directly _________ the hotel manager.

  1. for
  2. at
  3. in
  4. to

4. The plant will be closed __________ noon tomorrow for its annual safety inspection.

  1. with
  2. in
  3. at
  4. from

5. We have told the new office assistant that we would like him to begin work __________ January 24.

  1. on
  2. in
  3. at
  4. for

6. If we stand ___________ this awning, we’ll be protected from the rain.

  1. over
  2. through
  3. beside
  4. beneath

7. The sales meetings Mr. Suzuki proposed in last month’s forum will officially be held ___________ Tokyo in the first week of May.

  1. to
  2. in
  3. at
  4. on

8. Though everything depends on weather conditions at this time of year, the shipment is due to arrive by cargo __________ a week.

  1. within
  2. for
  3. on
  4. until

9. The delivery service claims that they left the package ____________ 34 Huntsville Drive yesterday morning, but no one seems to have seen it.

  1. on
  2. in
  3. by
  4. at

10. According to the report publish in today’s Sun, the local government plans to reduce spending ________ one million dollars.

  1. at
  2. by
  3. with
  4. of

 

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PDF

Prepositions PDF

 

 

TOEIC: Listening – Part 1 – Photographs

As promised, the easiest part of the TOEIC test has arrived.  This part is basically about looking at the photographs and predict as many nouns, verbs, and sentences as you can.  After you do that, you’ll have an idea of what you’re probably listening for.

Example

Nouns

Tea, water, apple juice, chair, woman, spoon, man, shirt, bowtie, plant, carpet.

Verbs

Sitting, smiling, standing, walking, gazing.

Sentences

The man is walking away from the woman.

The man is working.

The woman is sitting at the table.

The lady is drinking.

The lady is looking.

 

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Podcast

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TOEIC Listening: Part II – Question & Response + Audio

Welcome back to my first ever listening listening lesson! I’ve gone over common distractors before, but now I want to do it with audio so you guys have a more thorough understanding.

The most important part about question and response is understand the five 5’w: who, what, where, when, why – also, the how much, how many, which, etc.

If you don’t know what is being asked, you might ultimately end up answering the wrong question.  It’s imperative to understand the first word in the recording.  Here are some distractors down below.

 

A. Same word unrelated meaning

If you hear the same word, be careful! It could be a distractor!

B. Related subject doesn’t answer the question

It may relate to one or two words but doesn’t answer the questions.

C. Similar Sound – Different/unrelated word.

Sometimes the incorrect choices use words that sound similar to the ones in the recording.

Q. Has the sale improved profits?

A. Yes, it is for sale.

Q. Where can I buy a cheap air conditioner?

A. I agree that it’s very cheap.

Q. Have you met the new staff?

A.  No, it’s not the same stuff.

YouTube – Please watch the video before looking at the recording script and downloading the PDF!

 

 

Recording Script (Spoiler)

  1. What are the arrangements for tomorrow?
  1. There are a range of goods.
  2. Yes, it’s tomorrow.
  3. We’ll meet at 10.

2) Who’s taking the minutes?

a. I’ve asked Steve to do it.

b. It takes about an hour.

c. Jim’s talking now.

3) Why did he say he was late?

a. The traffic was very light.

b. His alarm didn’t go off.

c. He got up on time.

4) How were her findings received?

a. Very positively.

b. She couldn’t find them.

c. The receiver is broken.

5) What company did you use to ship the parcel?

a. I sent it by ship.

b. There were a lot of packages to send.

c. We used freightstar as usual.

6) How can I change my computer password?

a. Yes, I think you need a change.

b. You’ll have to talk to the support staff

c. To keep your computer safe.

PDF

Question & Response PDF

TOEIC: Phrasal Verbs: (Two-Word)

Two-word verbs are basically words that can standalone by themselves,  but have a different meaning when combined.  For example, turn means to rotate, and down means from a higher to lower position.  Together they mean to reject.  Be sure to check out the YouTube video for a more thorough understanding of them.

  1. If during our lunch hour you cannot __________ on the phone, try sending us referrals by email or fax.
  1. get to
  2. get through
  3. come by
  4. get by

2.    During tough negotiations, such as the ones we have witnessed over the last week or          so, neither side wants to _________.

  1. give in
  2. get by
  3. take hold
  4. come on

3. It is mandatory to _________ all potential hazards before marketing your product.

  1. look to
  2. look away
  3. look from
  4. look into

4. If you __________ an error in reviewing the proposal, please bring it to my attention.

  1. come on
  2. come across
  3. look to
  4. get in

5. It is understood that her closest advisor will __________ as president should she resign early.

  1. take up
  2. take over
  3. get by
  4. come about

6. This time around we need to send a representative we can _________, rather than someone who simply looks good.

  1. stand ford
  2. catch on
  3. count on
  4. find out

7. While you’re at the conference, take an afternoon to _________ and check out the competition’s booths.

  1. look out
  2. look around
  3. look for
  4. look through

8. If they refuse to meet us halfway on this point, we should not __________ them in the future.

  1. stand up
  2. deal with
  3. keep to
  4. run into

9. Since the members are unable to meet now, we have __________ the meeting until tomorrow. 

  1. taken off
  2. taken from
  3. put on
  4. put off

10. It is regrettable that two items were ___________ of the invoice and need to be added immediately.

  1. left out
  2. stood out
  3. found out
  4. cut up

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PDF

Two-Word Phrasal Verbs PDF

TOEIC: Incomplete Sentences + Text Completion

Welcome back to a full-on blog and episode (in the YouTube video down below) about the two areas of grammar that’s features on the TOEIC test.

Without further ado – let’s get into it.

Directions: Select the best answer to complete the sentence. 

  1. The Stock Market falls when the unemployment rate ____________.
  1. will rise
  2. rises
  3. risen
  4. have risen

2. The company plans to issue ____________ for the first time next quarter.

  1. divide
  2. dividends
  3. divisive
  4. divider

3. Hix & Co. will announce sales figures from the last quarter which __________ expected to be low.

  1. will
  2. is
  3. are
  4. were

4. It is up to the head of the division to use the ___________ funds.

  1. discretionary
  2. discreet
  3. discretion
  4. discreetly

5. His budget always tends to be ____________, which protects his department from unexpected costs.

  1. inflation
  2. inflationary
  3. inflate
  4. inflated

Text Completion

Park, Lee and Associates started as ______6_____ two-person firm more than 75 years ago and has grown into South Korea’s largest Independent Certified Public Accounting firm.  _____7______ got that way by focusing on the special needs of our clients.   

We always put the client first.  We offer traditional accounting services such as audit and tax services.  We also act as consultants and can provide a number of new, innovative services such as fund start-up services. 

We help business owners save money and protect themselves from risk.  we help individuals protect ____8____ assets, plan for the future, and minimise taxes.

____9____ services set us apart from other firms.

6) a, one, this, the

7) They, She, We, It

8) our, her, its, their

9) this, that, these, the

 

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TOEIC- Incomplete Sentences + Text – PDF

TOEIC Grammar: Double Comparatives & Order of Adverbs

Double comparatives

  • Our nation gets fatter and fatter every year.
  • more and more + adjective :
    The problem is getting more and more difficult to solve.To say that something is increasing all the time.

    We can use comparatives with the definite article the

    The more you say, the worse the situation will be. The more, the merrier.

    To say that two changes happen together.

    Order of Adverbs

    Adverbs that go in mid-position express:

    • frequency: never, rarely, always …
    • certainty: probably, certainly, obviously …
    • degree: nearly, almost, quite …The word order for adverbs in mid-position is as follows:

Tense

Subject

Auxiliary verb

Adverb

Main Verb

Complement

To be in simple tense

I

am

usually

right

Perfect tenses

He

has

already

seen

this film

Modal auxiliary verb

We

can

sometimes

play

tennis

Simple tenses

She

hardly

cooks

dinner

Passive with two auxiliary verbs

He

has

never

been remembered

for his novels

Only and even go just before the words they emphasize. It will only take (only) five minutes.

  • They have even forgotten (even) his name.

Sometimes / sometime / some time

Sometimes: means occasionally

Sometime: means at one moment in the future (it can also mean “one day”)

Let’s have dinner sometime next week.

Some time: means a period of time

She’s lived in Italy for some time, so she speaks Italian quite well.

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Podcast Update (Slotting In Crytocurrency Investor & A Trainer)

 

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Now, with the amount of directions I’m getting shoved in at the moment and the potential number of excellent companies coming on board, I will need to find a way to not only slot Steve Pipe, A.K.A Muay Thai Phenom fighter in, but also my main man Rich Cohen.

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If you’re in it for the short-term or long-term, I’ll be doing a set schedule every Thursday (twice a month) with Steve with all the latest cryptocurrency news, what to do, and what not to do.  I’m ecstatic!

Be sure to follow me on my podcast and down below are the two recent podcast interviews I’ve done thus far.

TOEIC Grammar – Comparatives & Superlatives

 Comparatives and Superlatives

Adjective

Comparative

Superlative

one-syllable

hard

-er harder

-est hardest

two-syllable ending in –y early

-er earlier

-est earliest

other two-syllable and long tiring

intelligent

more more tiring

more intelligent

most most tiring

most intelligent

some two-syllable quiet

clever simple

more or –er more quiet

cleverer simpler

most or –est quietest

most clever most simple

Some adjectives have irregular comparatives and superlatives as shown in the following table:

Example: The situation should get better soon. How much further is it?

The new model uses less gas.

+) A lot, much … with comparatives

Before the comparatives of adjectives you can use:
much, a lot, a little, a bit, far, any, no, rather, slightly, and significantly

  • If we leave any later than 5.00, we’ll get caught in rush hour.
  • This task is much more complicated than that one.

 As … as

We use as … as … to say that people or things are equal in some way. Note:

  • as much … as …, as many … as …
    I didn’t get as much money as I hoped.
  • twice/ three times … as … as …
    A US worker is 10 times as expensive as a worker in Mexico.
  • the same … as …
    My hair is the same colour as yours.

Adjective

Comparative

Superlative

good

better

best

bad

worse

worst

far

farther/further

farthest/furthest

little

less

least

much

more

most

TOEIC QUESTION

  1. A customer requesting a refund must be prepared to wait __________ 4-6 weeks for the request to be processed.

a. rough

b. rougly

c. rougher

d. roughest

 

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