Tip of the Week 35 – 2017 – review of tips 29-34

Tip of the Week 35 for 2017 is a review of tips 29-34

bits and bobs – small language tips to help 🙂

verbs + prepositions

responsible for – I am responsible for the maintenance.
depend on – We depend on reliable suppliers.
according to – According to the report we must save money.
result in – The acccident resulted in a delay.
interested in – I am interested in travelling to India.
caused by – The delay was caused by an accident.
work for/at – I work for/at Musterfirma.
work on – I am working on a sales project.
lead to – Machine faults often lead to delays.
rely on – We rely on punctual deliveries.
wait for – We are waiting for the delivery.
apologise for – We apologise for the delay.
apologise to – We apologised to the customer.
protect from/against – The box is protected against damage.
specialise in – We specialise in customised products.
agree with somebody/to something – I agree with you.       – I agree to your idea.
talk about – We are talking about the delay.
talk to/with – We are talking to/with the customer.
take part in – We are taking part in a workshop.
think about – I am thinking about Alan’s idea.
think of – I am thinking about Alan’s idea.
worry about – We are worried about the drop in sales.
pay for – We have to pay for the goods by 10 February.
listen to – I am listening to the radio.
ask about – We need to ask about the delivery date.
consist of – The shipment consists of four pallets.
suffer from – We are suffering from a drop in sales.
plan for/with – We need to plan for emergencies.       – I am doing the planning with Sandra.
compare with/to – Sales are better compared to 2015.
complain about/to – I complained about my hotel room.           – I complained to the hotel manager.
adhere to – We have to adhere to the rules.
comply with – We have to comply with the new guidelines.
apply for/to – Sandra has applied for a new job.             – Sandra applied to Musterfirma.

would like, would be, would, want & like

would like = möchte

I would like to visit the trade fair.

would be = wäre

I would be grateful if you could send me an invitation.

would = würde

I would go to the trade fair if I had an invitation.

want = wollen

I want to go to the trade fair.

(‚want‘ is a little direct  so we often use ‚would like‘ because it is more polite.)

like = mögen

I like going to trade fairs.


We use this / that / these / those to show where an object or a person is from the perspective of the speaker, e.g. Who are those people over there?

this – a singular person or object near the speaker

these – plural people or objects near the speaker

that – a singular person or object further away from the speaker

those – plural people or objects further away from the speaker

adverbs of time

Adverbs of time
today heute
tomorrow morgen
yesterday gestern
in the morning morgens
midday Mittag
lunch time Mittagspause
in the afternoon nachmittags
in the evening abends
night Nacht
midnight Mitternacht
this morning heute Morgen
this afternoon heute Nachmittag
this evening heute Abend
day Tag
month Monat
year Jahr
last month im letzten Monat
next month im nächsten Monat

possessive   ’s

Possessive   ’s – We only need to make the difference between the singular and plural.

English is so easy 🙂


singular nouns – takes ’s after the word, e.g.

The plane’s engine                 (one plane)

The plane’s engines               (one plane)


plural nouns – takes the ‚ after the plural word, e.g.

The workers rest room           (more than one worker – workers is already plural)

The workers rest rooms         (more than one worker – workers is already plural)


The person’s laptop

The people’s laptops             (people is already plural)



We use ‚too‘ to agree with somebody in a positive sentence.

(Wir verwenden ‚too‘, um jemandem in einem positiven Satz zuzustimmen.)

me too = ich auch

e.g.      Sandra:  I like coffee.                          Alan:  Me too


We use ’neither‘ to agree with somebody in a negative sentence.

(Wir verwenden ’neither‘, um jemandem in einem negativen Satz zuzustimmen.)

me neither = ich auch nicht

e.g.      Sandra:  I don’t like tea.                                  Alan:  Me neither