FCE Use of English Paper: Knowledge Check (4)

We are continuing with our knowledge checks for the FCE Use of English paper. This week we are going to look at questions and the use of question words in particular.

Many students confuse the use of the question words when making questions about the subject, especially who and whose. Others forget to analyse the sentence to make sure that they use who and which correctly.

When using questions about the object, a common mistake many students make is forgetting to include an auxiliary verb before the subject.

Phrases of agreement are another area that many students find difficult. They are usually used in the following situations:

  • Short answers: answering yes/no questions with short answers using an auxiliary verb.
  • So: answering yes/no questions with verbs like think, be afraid, hope, etc. + so.
  • Expressing agreement: using do or have with so and neither to express agreement with something said previously.
  • Echo questions: short questions that do not need an answer and which are used in informal conversations to confirm we have listened to what someone has said.

Do you do or do you make? The use of make and do can be rather confusing for students as there are so many expressions and phrasal verbs with these two verbs. As a rule of thumb use:

  • do about jobs and work
  • make about creating or building something

Last, but not least, we are revisiting suffixes as how to use them is one of the key skills that you have to master for Part 3 on the FCE Use of English paper.

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