– besides: making an additional point, anyway, and another thing
Examiner: What are the disadvantages of the Internet?
Candidate: Besides the goods that being brought by the internet, there are some negatives that come with it. One of the most serious problems in my opinion is the speedy development of social media which is promoted by the internet. Some people are lazy to deal with real social life because they feel unhappy with their real life and would rather remain in the cyber world.
– beside: next to, at the side of
Examiner: Where are you from?
Candidate: I come from Namdinh, a city in the north of Vietnam. One of the most attractive features of my hometown is the availability of fresh seafood as it is located beside the sea.
– principal: both a noun and an adjective, mostly used as an adjective, meaning: (adj) primary, most important, main, major or (noun) a person who holds an important role, mostly used with the meaning ‘head teacher’.
Examiner: What are the factors which contribute to global warming?
Candidate: One of the principal factors in global warming is the greenhouse effect. Human activities are enhancing this effect due to the increasing use of heating or transportation. Another well-known one is the change in solar output.
– principle is a noun only, meaning: a belief, rule, standard, law.
Examiner: What do you think about reducing the working week to thirty five hours to decrease the unemployment rate?
Candidate: While this may sound good in principle, in practice it may be impossible to apply. It’s easy to see that more employees equals to more cost, which reduces a company’s competitiveness and its net income.