Talking about your studies
If you are a student, the phrases and sentences given in this lesson will allow you to talk about your studies.
Asking for things
- Have you got a spare pen / pencil?
- Are there any pencils in that box?
- Are there any calculators?
- Have you got an eraser?
- Is there any paper left?
- Can you lend me your pen?
- Have you got some bloating paper?
- Have you got a notepad?
Asking for information
- Should I write on both sides of the paper?
- Should I put labels on the diagram?
- Which computer shall I use?
- Can I use this computer?
- Should I take a print-out?
- How do you spell that word?
- When is the lunch break?
- What does the word ‘sophisticated’ mean?
- When is my next lesson?
Asking for and giving explanations
The simplest way to ask for explanation is to start your question with Why?
- Why does oil float when you pour it on water?
- Why do I need to mix these two chemicals?
- Why does Hamlet pretend to be mad?
The phrase Could you explain…? can also be used to ask your teacher to explain something.
- Could you explain why plastic does not conduct electricity?
- Could you explain why oil floats when you pour it on water?
- Could you explain why iron rusts?
To ask for a reason, use the phrase What is the reason…?
- What is the reason for the poet’s unhappiness?