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Does being sociable help you to lead a better life?


1.What is this research about?
2. Can talking with other people in a friendly way make it easier to solve common  life problems according to this research?
3. What does this research show? Do you agree with the finding?
4. What did the researchers examined for the study?
5.What particularly did brief conversations result in according to the study?
6.Did competitive people have the same benefits from brief conversations? Why?/Why not?
7. Is this finding limited only to executive function?
8.What was the improvement in mental function limited to? Why?
9. What is good to do before a big presentation according to the author?Can it apply to competitive organizations too?Why? Why not?

Vocabulary from the text:

make it easier / solve problems / competitive / cooperative / make friends / provide benefits /cognitive/ talking to somebody/ lead author/ forthcoming/ impact of sth. on sth./ executive function/ working memory/ self-monitoring/ suppress/ external and internal distractions/ social interaction/ short-term boost/ be comparable in/ brain games/ series of studies/ pinpoint/ engaging in/ subsequent performance/ an array of/ cognitive tasks/boost/ read sb's mind/ come about / competitive interactions / limited to / findings/ neural overlap/social-cognitive/ social pressure/ performance / cognitive flexibility / intellectual tasks/ social intelligence/general intelligence

Linking words to use:

though /even though / firstly, secondly, thirdly / to sum up/as a matter of fact/ however/ so / additionally / due to / hence / just like/ just as/ furthermore / nonetheless / as well as / nevertheless / moreover / on the other hand/ on the contrary / whereas / especially / clearly / obviously / apparently/ including / once / suddenly/ as a result / for instance / mainly / to begin / to conclude / similarly / surely/ as can be expected/ overall/ therefore / clearly / naturally / still/ yet / otherwise / for the most part/ as follows / above all / in general /

Additional vocabulary:

I'd like to add that...
What I wanted to point out....
In my opinion that is....
This research shows...
As a matter of fact this may be...
I suppose what it means is...
It proved the fact that....
There's a large evidence of...
It might be true that..
I wonder if...
I'd like to explain it in more details.
As one can conclude, this is....
You can compare it with .....


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Used to/Get used to/Be used to

‘used to + infinitive’ and ‘be/get used to’
‘used to + infinitive’ and ‘be/get used to’ Students have difficulties in making distinction between used to + infinitive and be/get used to + ‘ing’ form because they look similar. As a matter of fact, they are totally different.

‘used to + infinitive’

Used to is for things that happened in the past and have no connectivity to present:

Peter used to smoke three cigarettes a day. My boyfriend used to drink a lot of coffee during sleepless nights. Sarah and her mother used to go out for a walk every day. Negative form is ( odrični oblik je) : didn't ( did not) use to: I didn't use to smoke before.
Question form is (upitni oblik je) : Did she (subject)  use to..? Did she use to drink a lot of coffee?

As you may guess you can not use 'used to' in the present. To talk about present habits we use the present simple and an adverb of frequency (usually, always, often, never, etc.)

e.g. I often eat at the Japanese restaurant in the city c…