We all know that English is the language of international business. And as a result, more
and more international companies are demanding that their employees improve their second language skills
to maintain company competitiveness.
As an employee, learning English can broaden your employment opportunities. For example, people who speak two or more languages are ideal candidates for jobs in travel, international business, or translation. Sadly, the standard of local or national English language provision varies considerably and not everyone around the world can access it sufficiently to secure its benefits.
So, if you need to improve your English language skills, but don't have the opportunity then read on. By using Skype technology, I can create your very own one-to-one online classroom to help you secure your Skype English lessons at affordable prices from the comfort of your home or office, at a time that suits you. In addition, each lesson taught will be prepared by me, a qualified English tutor, with nearly 25 years' experience that covers all levels, and all Cambridge exams, regardless of their General or Business English focus.
Time adverbs with past simple / present perfect
Past-time adverbs, such as 'just', 'ever', 'already' and 'yet' are often used with the past simple in American English, whereas in British English they would normally be used with the present perfect.
» Did you phone her yet?
» Have you phoned her yet?
» Did you eat already?
» Have you already eaten?
» Garry? You missed him. He just left.
» Garry? You've missed him. He's just left.
» Did you ever go to Canada?
» Have you ever been to Canada?
» Do you have...? / Have you got...?
In all varieties of English, the 'do' forms of 'have' are used to express habit or repetition:
» Do you always have fruit and cereal for breakfast?
» Do you sometimes have a shower in the morning when you wake up?
In American English, the 'do' forms of 'have' are commonly used when referring to particular situations. In British English, we often prefer 'have' with 'got' in these contexts.
» Do you have time to finish this report before you leave?
» Have you got time to finish this report before you leave?
» Do you have a problem with this?
» Have you got a problem with this?
In American English, 'got' and 'do' forms are often mixed. In British English, they would not be:
» We've got a new car! ~ Do you?
» We've got a new car! ~ Have you?
Consequently, through my English online courses, motivated and regular students should soon begin to notice an improvement in their listening, writing, reading and speaking skills.