Transport and Travel Scene 2 - Language Focus

 

Rob the teacher talks about using the past simple and the present perfect.

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Talking about "your first time..". Rob said: "was it your first time you've been on the London Eye?" because it's the first time Ashlie goes on the L.E. But if I'm talking about my first experience as an actor, which happened ten years ago, may I say "The first time I went on stage was terrible" or I should say "The first time I've been on stage was terrible". Thank you so much for your cooperation, you'd deserve a Nobel Prize for your assistance.

Hello apc,

The standard use here would be 'The first time I went...'. Generally, we would say:

'Is that the first time you've been on...'

or

'Was that the first time you went on...'

As you can see, Rob's question is a mixture - neither one nor the other, making it a non-standard form. This is something which often happens when we are chatting - our language is rarely perfect when we speak quickly.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello,,thank you very much for all team of british council,especially word on the street
I have a question, can you help me, please? what is the different meaning between "I've been to two weddings this year and I've gone to two weddings this year"?

thank you

Hello niken.rizky,

When we talk about a current situation, 'have been to' means that the person has come back from the trip, while 'has gone to' means that the person has not yet returned. However, in the particular context you give - a person talking about their experience in life (or in a certain part of their life) up to now, there is no difference.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hi guys, it was an excellent lession, i had only a little trouble to understand rob at e.g. (3.16-3.20) and at the end the sayd repeat b...what you sayd? maybe?

i need your help.

thanks

regards

Hello, can you help me in something?  I am wondering I sometimes hear the word "been" in two different pronunciations !!! i look it up in dictionary but totally different from here. Rob the teacher pronounce it "b i: n" longer in "ee" than Ashley and Jazz pronounced it "bin" i guess it is a bit lighter  . I' m trying To describe what i hear. I want to know which one is right? as i always hear the two different pronunciations .Thanks for help :) Have a great day :)  I like English so much , I hope I have the chance to visit London  .

Hi littlemoon86,
You have a great ear - you're absolutely right when you say that Rob pronounces been differently from Ashley. The difference is subtle and sometimes difficult to hear.
Both pronunciations are perfectly correct. There are many varieties of English with different accents that are all accepted. So you can choose the one that you prefer.
I hope you're able to visit London one day, too!
Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Rob the teacher, thank you for your explains, you are clear, simple, easy
and natural, you are the English teacher that I always would to have.

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