Rob and Stephen get stressed, and Rob talks about will, could and might.

Task 1

Decide how many syllables each of these words has. Then decide where the stress is, and group similar words together.


Task 2

Read the first sentence and then decide if will, could or might is needed to give the second sentence the same meaning.


Task 3

Which phrase finishes the conversation?


Task 4

Here are the four conversations from the last exercise. Type in the boxes to complete them. The first letters of the words are given for you, so don't type them.



Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


the instruction on task 4 is difficult to understand

Hello Quoc Phu,
Thanks for the feedback. I've changed the instructions to be a little clearer.
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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Adam!
                      I have tried to get better points but made some mistakes. I need to know about them in order to avoid these mistakes in future. Thanks in advance

Are you asking how to see the correct answers to the questions you got wrong in the exercises? To do that, you need to click on the 'Finish' button.
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Hi,my english listening skills is getting better and better but ı have a need.
stephen is talking at the beginning of the video,ı dont't understand a one word
" we'll back later to see how Aslly and Puppy______."
could you write the sentence stephen said?

Hello Orcun1905!
Stephen says “We'll be back later to see how Ashlie and Poppy got on.” “How they got on” means what happened.
Hope that helps!
Jeremy Bee
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Hi, do you have any rules about how the words get stressed?

Hi Medicine,

I'm afraid it's very difficult to give rules about word stress in English as it is a highly complex system with many exceptions and individual cases.  However, there are certain tendencies which it is useful to remember.  For example:

  • two-syllable nouns and adjectives usually have the stress on the first syllable (examples: apple, clever, sausage // exceptions: lagoon, hotel)
  • two-syllable words which can be used as both nouns and verbs usually have the stress on the first syllable when nouns and the second when verbs (examples: insult, export // exceptions: respect, murder)
  • compound nouns usually have the stress on the first part of the compound, while compound adjectives have the stress on the second (examples: postman, raincoat, weak-willed, hardworking)

You can also find patterns with word stress in some suffixes.  For example, when a noun is formed with the suffix '-ation' the stress is on the penultimate syllable.

As I said, it is a highly complex system with many exceptions and unusual examples.  The best way to familiarise yourself with it is, in my opinion, through exposure rather than learning rules: the most you listen to examples of natural English, the more you will get a feel for how the system works.

I hope that helps to answer your question.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter, it was really helpful

Ashley, Steven and Rob you are really good actors and experts.Thank you for your great taskwork.Good job guys!