Magda will finish her degree soon and wants to work in London as an architect.

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Hi, Kirk
Last time, i received your answer well, thank you.
Today, i have doubts.
Can i say "How do you mean?" to "What do you mean?" and one more,
you’ll be relieved to know -> this sentence means, you know, you can be relieved today because there's no my nephew??

Hi YungJin Seo,

In some contexts 'How do you mean?' and 'What do you mean?' are interchangeable. However, sometimes there is a difference in meaning. 'How do you mean?' can be used to ask for explanation or more detail, whereas 'What do you mean?' is a more general question when we do not understand something.

'You'll be relieved to know' is a phrase we use when we are telling someone some news which will stop them being worried about something.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

i don't know " what's "plumbers" mean?". What's does it mean in sentence " Olivia makes a joke about plumpers"?

Hi huonglai,

You can find the word 'plumber' in the dictionary. Note that there is a handy search box on the lower right side of this page, under Cambridge Dictionaries Online.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

sir i have a problem......i might be involved......does it mean,,,maybe im going to be involved or maybe i m involved already.........which one is correct ......same as i should be involved....pls sir,help me out

Hi maxmamun,

'I might be involved' could refer to the present (I'm already involved) or to the future (Maybe I'm going to be involved) - which one it means is unclear without context. 'I should be involved' implies that at present I am not involved - that is why I say 'I should be involved' (= it's necessary for me to be involved).

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

thanks, i wanna know why Magda said; I "finished my degree", and not said, "I finished my study" ??, because for me, I say: I finished my licence, so can I say , I finished my licence degree??

Hello Nawelo,

In English, the qualification that you get when you complete university, usually after three or four years, is called 'a degree'. You can go on to study for 'a master's degree' and 'a doctorate'. 'A licence' in English is usually something which is given to you by an authority such as a government and which allows you to do something, such as drive a car, practise medicine or own a dog.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

thank uu so much Mr Peter M

Hi Nawelo,

This is simply the most common way of speaking about a course of study at university. I'd suggest you look up 'degree' (be sure to scroll down the page, as this meaning is not the first or even second one there) and also 'licence' to see how these two words are used. You'll see that 'licence' is not correct here.

It is possible to say 'studies' (which you can also find in the dictionary) here to refer to what university students do while working towards their degree.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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