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    Help with CELTA application please


    I've been working through my CELTA application and am stuck on a few of the sections. I'm a native speaker but new to this game and haven't studied English since high school which was some 15 years ago now. I've been researching in the library but have had no luck clearing these questions up.

    The first one is a spot the mistake then explain it question:

    A) "Is Dave ill? He's lost a lot of weight."
    "Yes, he's looking very slender these days."

    The next ones I'm having difficulty with are questions asking me to compare the differences in meaning of pairs of sentences.

    A) If I win the lottery, I'll buy a new car.

    compared with...

    If I won the lottery, I'd buy a new car.

    B) The house was very isolated.

    compared with...

    The house was very secluded.

    C) Make me a cup of tea, will you?

    compared with...

    Could you make me a cup of tea, please?

    If you can just give me some guidance and point me in the right direction rather than giving the answers that would be much appreciated.

    Kind regards,


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    Re: Help with CELTA application please

    The course providers are trying to assess your knowledge and ability to answer such questions so that can be reasonably confident that you will have a good chance of successfully completing the course. . It would not be in your interests for them to base this assessment on false information. You need to let them know what you know, not what we know.

    Don't worry about giving perfect answers. If you did that, you probably wouldn't need the course anyway.

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