Here is a piece of conversation between two people.
Alice: Can you speak English?
Stella: I’m not a fluent speaker, but I can make myself understood.
Alice: Well, actually, we needed someone with good speaking skills in English. Do you think you can improve your English in two or three months? You could perhaps consider joining an English speaking course.
Stella: Of course, I have always wanted to improve my English, but I never really got an opportunity. Now that my studies are over, I think I can devote more time to learning English.
Alice: Great. Two or three hours a day should be more than enough.
Stella: Yeah. I will join an English speaking course today itself. I don’t want my bad English to affect my job prospects.
Alice: You’re right. English is the language of communication all over the world. If you speak it, you can go places.
To go places is to become very successful.
The verb devote is followed by the preposition to and an –ing form.
- How much time can you devote to learning English?
- Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good.
- How much money can you afford to devote to learning English?