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    Unhappy Celta pre interview task help!!!!

    Hello

    I am attending a CELTA interview on Thursday and have only just received the Pre interview task today. The task is to identify the mistake in the sentences and explain why the error was made. Please could anyone help me with the following sentences? Any help is appreciated.

    1. She said me she had tickets for the concert

    2. The health is the most important thing in my life

    3. My mother is lawyer

    4. They didnt went to the shop yesterday

    5. Please give us some informations about your college

    6. I am in Birmingham since February

    7. My family is live in Baghdad

    8. I will give it to you when i will find it

    9. I want a job where I will get too much money


    I know the errors but explaining them is so hard! I have a good grasp of English but it comes naturally. Please help!!!!

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    Default Re: Celta pre interview task help!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by kayabibi View Post
    Hello

    I am attending a CELTA interview on Thursday and have only just received the Pre interview task today. The task is to identify the mistake in the sentences and explain why the error was made. Please could anyone help me with the following sentences? Any help is appreciated.

    1. She said to me she had tickets for the concert

    2. The health is the most important thing in my life

    3. My mother is a lawyer

    4. They didn`t went go to the shop yesterday

    5. Please give us some informations about your college

    6. I am have been in Birmingham since February

    7. My family is live living in Baghdad

    8. I will give it to you when I will find it

    9. I want a job where I will get too much money


    I know the errors but explaining them is so hard! I have a good grasp of English but it comes naturally. Please help!!!!
    1. Verb Pattern- The structure always remains (say+(sth)+to+sby)
    2. Health is an uncountable noun so you can`t put "the" before it.
    3. Lawyer is not an adjective, it is a singular noun so it needs "a" ot "the" before it.
    4. Tense- "Didn`t" is already changing the tense, so you do not have to put the main verb in the Past Simple.
    5. "Information" is uncountable, so you can`t put it in plural.
    6. If there is "since" you can`t use Present Simple.
    7. IS LIVE? It has no meaning. There you need the Present Continuous.
    8. Conditional- It is the first conditional (you do sth. if someone does sth./ If someone does sth. you will do sth)
    9. You are talking about something that happens at present. You want a job that can give you a lot of money, not a job that will give you (in the future) a lot of money.

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    Default Re: Celta pre interview task help!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by kayabibi View Post
    Hello
    1. She said me she had tickets for the concert
    She told me she had tickets for the concert.

    2. The health is the most important thing in my life
    Your health is the most inmportatn thing in my life.

    3. My mother is lawyer
    My mother is a lawyer.

    4. They didnt went to the shop yesterday
    They didn't go to the shop yesterday.

    5. Please give us some informations about your college
    Please give me some information about your college.

    6. I am in Birmingham since February
    I have been in Birmingham since February.

    7. My family is live in Baghdad
    My family is living in Baghdad.

    8. I will give it to you when i will find it
    I will give it to you when I find it.

    9. I want a job where I will get too much money
    I want a job where I will get a lot of money
    Wow, I've been thinking of doing CELTA for some time now and these questions are daunting. Its not that I cannot correct them (see above/bold areas), its just that I wouldn't know the terms like Leandro-Z does eg. uncountable nouns/present continous. Is a CELTA course focused on these or is this just a small aspect?

    Ps. Have I made any mistakes on my corrections? I see they differ slightly to ones by Leandro-Z.

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    Hi

    Thanks for that, there was also this other sentence

    1. "My house is expensiver than yours."

    a) please underline the error
    b) explain why you think the error was made

    I have written:

    It is fine to say "cheaper than" in English. but words of three syllables use "more" i.e "more expensive than". The learner is thinking of the two syllable pattern.

    Is that right? I need to do the same for the rest of the sentences (the ones above).

    Can someone help me?

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Celta pre interview task help!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Leandro-Z View Post
    1. Verb Pattern- The structure always remains (say+(sth)+to+sby)
    2. Health is an uncountable noun so you can`t put "the" before it.
    3. Lawyer is not an adjective, it is a singular noun so it needs "a" ot "the" before it.
    4. Tense- "Didn`t" is already changing the tense, so you do not have to put the main verb in the Past Simple.
    5. "Information" is uncountable, so you can`t put it in plural.
    6. If there is "since" you can`t use Present Simple.
    7. IS LIVE? It has no meaning. There you need the Present Continuous.
    8. Conditional- It is the first conditional (you do sth. if someone does sth./ If someone does sth. you will do sth)
    9. You are talking about something that happens at present. You want a job that can give you a lot of money, not a job that will give you (in the future) a lot of money.
    Hi what does the part highlighted mean?

    Verb Pattern- The structure always remains (say+(sth)+to+sby)

    Thanks



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    Default Re: Celta pre interview task help!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by kayabibi View Post
    Hi

    Thanks for that, there was also this other sentence

    1. "My house is expensiver than yours."

    a) please underline the error
    b) explain why you think the error was made

    I have written:

    It is fine to say "cheaper than" in English. but words of three syllables use "more" i.e "more expensive than". The learner is thinking of the two syllable pattern.

    Is that right? I need to do the same for the rest of the sentences (the ones above).

    Can someone help me?

    Thank you
    See, I didn't even think of that, the first thing that hit me was that 'expensiver' isn't a word, it should be 'more expensive' or 'dearer'.

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    Default Re: Celta pre interview task help!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by kayabibi View Post

    Is that right? I need to do the same for the rest of the sentences (the ones above).

    Can someone help me?

    Thank you
    Don't you think you have already been given a lot of help and now it's down to you to provide the answers?

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    Default Re: Celta pre interview task help!!!!

    Thank you Leandro-Z for your help. Sorry for being cheeky, you all were a great help. I finished the sentences, went to the interview and found out today that i have been accepted and been offered a place.

    So i am very happy! Thank you again

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