TOEIC | Grammar | Part 5 | Incomplete Sentences | Improving your Knowledge with Phrasal/Academic Verbs

There’s a bit of a delay, but I’m back with the blog! Here’s a rundown of what I talked about on my podcast (which will be down below) and the questions, too.

Becoming familiar with the correct use of gerunds and infinitives and understanding phrasal verbs is helpful for many parts of the TOEIC test. This unit will make you more aware of how they are used.

Language building: Gerunds and Infinitives

Gerunds are verbs in their base form + -ing, e.g. doing. Infinitives are verbs in their base form.

Test Tactic: Familiarize yourself with phrasal verbs

  • to arrange
  • to complete a blank area in a form
  • to support
  • to review or check something
  • to stop using something gradually
  • to fail to stay on schedule
  • to investigate
  • to continue
  • to delay or reschedule something
  • to consider carefully

Choose to correct phrasal verbs and match them with the academic verbs (answers in podcast at the bottom).

  • set up / call up
  • fill out / bring about
  • fall through / back up
  • go over / take over
  • buy out / phase out
  • fall behind / back out of
  • look into / fill in for
  • keep on / go through
  • shut off / put off
  • run out of / think over
  1. Despite working overtime every day for two weeks, he still ________ with his work.
  • went through
  • backed up
  • fell behind

2. The customer called three times this morning to ________ a meeting.

  • set up
  • call up
  • take over

3. It was decided to _________ buying the new equipment until next year.

  • put off
  • fill out
  • take over

4. The judge promised to __________ any new evidence as soon as possible.

  • look out of
  • look into
  • look after

5. Visitors to the United States are required to ________ an immigration questionnaire.

  • bring about
  • think over
  • fill out

6. The planned merger between the companies ____________ because the couldn’t agree on the price.

  • took over
  • fell through
  • backed out of

7. When color televisions became popular, black and white sets were gradually ___________.

  • Phased out
  • bought out
  • set up

8. A temporary worker was hired to ___________ Mary while she was on vacation.

  • take over
  • fill in for
  • fall behind

Podcast

ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 132 | Life Skills | How to negotiate

We’re here with a life-skills segment! Today’s objective is to become aware of different approaches with negotiation, but of course, a lot of it involves personal development. Also, recognize the value and purpose of compromise, because we’re all going to need it at some point in our life. First, you must know that no one ever wins an argument. They might they they do, but it’s only pampering their ego. As a non-NES, you will probably engage with buffoonery overseas with bullies making fun of you or trying to invoke a reaction from you. There’s no need to negotiate here, but understand where that person is coming form and the position they’re in — in life. Every negotiation must be a win-win for both parties. So, let’s dive into this.

TOEFL iTP | Listening | Part A | Finding the Main Idea of Q & A

Woohoo! We’re back with some TOEFL iTP listening! It’s been a very long time since I’ve done this, but now that I’ve figured stuff out on zoom and how to record audios without interruption, I wanted to give you guys a Main Idea and Subject talk break down for once. In this episode (video and podcast down below), you’re going to hear me break down five questions and how to find the answers. So, if you guys have any questions, let me know. Here are the questions and you’ll have to listen/watch down below for the breakdowns. Enjoy!

1. A) Carla does not live very far away.

B) What Carla said was unjust.

C) He does not fear what anyone says.

D) Carla is fairly rude to others.

2. A) She thinks it’s an improvement.

B) The fir trees in it are better.

C) It resembles the last one.

D) It is the best the man has ever done.

3. A) He graduated last in his class.

B) He is the last person in his family to graduate.

C) He doesn’t believe he can improve gradually.

D) He has finally finished his studies.

4. A) He thought the dress was so chic.

B) He was surprised the dress was not expensive.

C) He would like to know what color dress it was.

D) The dress was not cheap.

5. A) Leave the car somewhere else.

B) Ignore the parking tickets.

C) Add more money to the meter.

D) Pay the parking attendant.

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TOEIC | Listening | Part 2 | QUESTION & rESPONSE | beCOMING fAMILIAR WITH oFFERS & rEQUESTS

Welcome back to the TOEIC blog, everyone! This is a recap of everything I talked about in my last podcast/video (down below). So let’s dive into some small snips.

1. Offers

Offers start with the would, could, can, may, or do you need.

  • Would you like some help?
  • Do you need anything from the store?
  • May I leave early?

2. Requests

These somewhat fall under the same modals, but the sentence structures are slightly different.

  • Could you tell me how to get to….
  • Would mind if I borrow your pen?
  • Could I borrow your phone to make a call?

3. Opinions

These are loaded with question words, so you need to listen with intent by hearing what’s being asked and listening for the closest answer.

  1. How was his presentation?
  • I don’t think we’ll find a lower one.
  • Good. He really is an amusing speaker.

Test Tactics/Tips

  • Social interaction, including offers, requests and opinions, is a common feature of Part 2.
  • Common distractors from this section include use of the same word/similar sounds or incorrect meaning.
  • Repeat each question and answer choice silently after you hear it. This will help you to remember and compare the meaning.

Listen for more in the podcast down below!

TOEIC Listening

Podcast

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 105 | Vocabulary Preview for Listening | Market Research

It’s time to do some more vocabulary development, filling in the blank, and discussing the vocabulary terms in context! Tune into this podcast and make sure to do the exercises.

deciding factor       determine     impulse     retrospect     market research

move on     nutritional     obesity
  1. to control what something will be
  2. a sudden, strong feeling that you must do something.
  3. considering something that happened in the past
  4. the process of collecting information about people’s product preferences
  5. the thing that helps to make the final decision
  6. concerning food as something that keeps you healthy
  7. a condition in which someone is too far in a way that is dangerous for health
  8. to stop doing or discussing something and do or discuss something different.

  1. What is a __________ for you when choosing which brand to buy? deciding factor
  2. Do you readily agree to take part in ___________ surveys?
  3. When choosing a snack to buy, do you look at the _________ information on the package?
  4. What do you consider to ________ how much you spend each month?
  5. Are there any products that, ____________, you wouldn’t have bought?
  6. How often do you buy things on ___________?
  7. How much are the rates of _________ affected by the low cost of fast food?
  8. How easy do you find it to ________ after wasting money on a product?

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TOEIC | Grammar | Incomplete Sentences | Improving Your Knowledge of Pronouns

For those of you who want the rundown right here, here are some common indefinite pronoun uses tested in the TOEIC test.

Some(-one/-body/-where): used for sentences with a positive meaning.

No (-one/-body/-where): used to give a negative meaning to a positive sentences.

Any (-one/-body/-where): often used for questions and sentences with a negative meaning.

All, any, both, few, many, more, other, several, some: used as plural

Every, each, either, -one: used as singular.

Tune into the podcast down below for the test tactic.

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