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Episode 17. I usually catch a bus tomorrow

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ANNE and STEVE talk about their different lives.

STEVE
Tell me about your life in Singapore. What do you do every day?

ANNE
Well, I work in my father’s business, importing wines. I live with my family.

STEVE
How do you get to work? Do you catch a bus?

ANNE
Usually. Sometimes I go with my father in his car. What about you? What do you do?

STEVE
I’m a builder. I build houses.

ANNE
And how do you get to work?

STEVE
I drive. I have to use my car for work. I never go by bus.

ANNE
Do you enjoy it? Your work?

STEVE
Mostly. It’s not easy, being a builder. But it’s outside. I prefer to work outside.

ANNE
I never work outside. Occasionally I travel though – like now.

STEVE
And what do you do on the weekend?

ANNE
Sometimes I go shopping. Sometimes I go out.

STEVE
Where do you go? Nightclubs?

ANNE
Not really. Occasionally.

STEVE
Who do you go with?

ANNE
A bunch of friends.

STEVE
Boy friend?

ANNE
Not at the moment.
STEVE cheers up.


EPISODE NOTES
1. Talking About What You Do  -  2. Getting To Work - 3. How Often? - 4. Possessive Apostrophe

1. TALKING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO

To find out what job or work people do, we ask:
What do you do?

You can say what you are:
I’m a student.
or what you do
I study at the university.

Here are some more answers:
I’m a builder.
or
I build houses.

ANNE
What do you do?

STEVE
I’m a builder. I build houses.

We sometimes add er to words to say what we are:
I bake bread.
I’m a baker.

I manage a hotel.
I’m a hotel manager.


You can say the place where you work:
I work in a bank.
or
I work at a bank.

So if you asked your English teacher:
What do you do?

H e could say:
I work at a school.
or
I work in a school.
or
I teach English.
or
I’m a teacher

You can say that you work for a business.
I work for the bank.
I work for a restaurant.

   
2. GETTING TO WORK

Here are some ways to answer the question
How do you get to work?

I catch a bus.
or
I take a bus.
or
I go by bus

I drive to work.
or
I go by car

I walk to work.
or
I go on foot.

ANNE
And how do you get to work?

STEVE
I drive. I have to use my car for work. I never go by bus.

For most types of transport we say by
I go by car
I go by train
I go by bus

But we say
I go on foot
   
3. HOW OFTEN
  Here are some words we use to tell people how often or how frequently we do things.
  How often do you go to the cinema?
occasionally

STEVE
Where do you go? Nightclubs?

ANNE
Not really. Occasionally.
 

How often do you exercise?
always

How often do you watch TV?
sometimes

STEVE
And what do you do on the weekend?

ANNE
Sometimes I go shopping.
  How often do you go fishing?
never

ANNE
I never work outside.
  How often do you study?
often
   
4. POSSESSIVE APOSTROPHE
 

We add s to nouns to make them plural.
one lion
two lions

But sometimes we add s for a single thing that owns something:


ANNE
Well, I work in my father’s business, importing wines.
 

That lion’s teeth are yellow.

The teeth belong to one lion. We use an apostrophe when adding s to show possession.
That lions teeth are yellow.
If we are talking about more than one lion owning something we put the apostrophe after the s.
Those lionsteeth are yellow.


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