FCE mistakes

Only two of the following sentences are correct. Can you correct the others?
  1. I borned in Valencia. We moved to Madrid when I was about six.
  2. I am interested in collecting stamps since I was a teenager.
  3. He studied medicine in the university.
  4. I started work in a law firm not long after I finished my career.
  5. How long do you know your boyfriend?
  6. She hopes to work abroad for one or two years.
  7. I need to improve my English for getting a better job.
  8. I'm doing the FCE because is a useful qualification to have.
  9. They've been married since over ten years.
  10. We've got the same teacher like last year.
  11. I didn't understand nothing. Can you say that again?
  12. What does he do in his spare time?

Comments

Montse said…
Hi, Graham. Although I know this is not my level, it is a challenge for me so, I hope you don’t mind if I try.
1. I was born in Valencia. We moved to Madrid when I was about six.
2. I am interested in collecting stamps since I was a teenager. Correct
3. He studied medicine at the university.
4. I started working in a law firm not long after I finished my career.
5. How long have you known your boyfriend?
6. She hopes for working abroad for one or two years.
7. I need to improve my English to get a better job.
8. I'm doing the FCE because it is a useful qualification for having.
9. They've been married for over ten years.
10. We've got the same teacher since last year.
11. I didn't understand anything. Can you say that again?
12. What does he do in his spare time? Correct
Graham said…
Montse,

You know me; why would I mind????

But I'll leave the corrections for a bit, just in case one of my FCE students decides to make an effort...
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham!

My answers:
1. I was born...
2. I have interested... since..
3. AT the University
4. My degree (career = professional)
5. How long have you known
6.
7.To getting
8. aN useful
9. FOR ten years... (since 2000 ?)
10 AS last year
11 anythint
12

See you!!!
Hilde
Graham said…
It seems that Hilde and Blanca are the only two of my FCE students who make use of my blog :-(

Anyway, here are the answers.


1. I was born in Valencia. We moved to Madrid when I was about six.
2. I have been interested in collecting stamps since I was a teenager.
3. He studied medicine at university.
4. I started work(n)/working(v) in a law firm not long after I finished my degree.
5. How long have you known your boyfriend?
6. She hopes to work abroad for one or two years. CORRECT
7. I need to improve my English to get a better job.
8. I'm doing the FCE because it is a useful qualification to have.
9. They've been married for over ten years.
10. We've got the same teacher as last year.
11. I didn't understand anything. Can you say that again?
12. What does he do in his spare time? Correct


I'll write another FCE mistake post very soon.
Montse said…
Hi, Graham.
The exercise seemed to be easier than eventually it was!
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham! I'm Alicia

1.I was born in Valencia. We moved to Madrid when I was about six.
2.I’ve been interested in collecting stamps since I was a teenager.
3.He studied medicine at university.
4.I started working in a law firm not long after I finished my career.
5.How long have you know your boyfriend?
6.She hopes to work abroad for one or two years.
7.I need to improve my English to get a better job.
8.I’m doing the FCE because it’s a useful qualification to have.
9.They’ve been married ten years ago.
10.We’ve got the same teacher as we had last year.
11.I didn’t understand anything. Can you say that again?
12.What does he do in his spare time?

See you tomorrow :)
Graham said…
Hi Alicia,

it's Graham.

You did pretty well. Just a problem with:

4.I started work/working in a law firm not long after I finished my degree. (career = profession)

5.How long have you known your boyfriend?

9.They’ve been married for ten years. They got married ten years ago.