Magda receives the result of her job interview, whilst Sarah continues to have problems with her house.

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Hi Vuong,

Really the difference here is between 'in' and 'for' to refer to time. In general, 'for' is used to speak about duration, i.e. a length of time. 'in' can also be used to refer to duration in negative sentences - i.e. it has the same meaning as 'for' - but in affirmative sentences, 'in' is used to refer to time in other ways, such as before seasons ('in the summer') and years ('in 2007') and also to refer to how soon something will be done ('I'll call you in a few hours').

There is no difference in meaning between 'round' and 'around' in this case.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Many thank you Kirk

Hi.Can I say: "What are you going to do exactly" instead of "What are you going to be doing exactly?
And can you explain 2 phrases for me.
Harry: Great...What is it you do again?
Olivia: Harry! How come you always forget this stuff
Thank you!

Hello guynhanhNT,

What you propose is grammatically correct, though it means something slightly different. The first would generally be a question about a plan, whereas the second would generally be a question about one's activity at a certain point in time. Depending on the context, this different may or may not be important.

Harry is asking what Magda's job is, and Olivia is surprised that he doesn't know, as in the past he already learned that Magda is an architect.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much! But I think when people ask what someone's job, they say " what do you do" instead of "What is it you do".
And "I shouldn’t have to tell him anything else" like " I'm not under any obligation to tell him anything"? Is it right?

Hello quynhanhNT,

In any language the same thing can be expressed in many different ways. Both 'What do you do?' and 'What is it (that) you do?' are correct. The second is perhaps slightly more formal and less direct, but the meaning is the same.

The second sentence could mean 'not under any obligation', depending on the context, but I think a more likely meaning is 'I expect it's not necesary' (for example, because the other person ought to know it already). For example, a teacher might give a partial explanation to a student and then say 'I shouldn't have to tell you any more' because the student should be able to do the rest themselves.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much!

Thanks but I want to speak freely. How

Hello summaryhabeb,

Our House Rules do not allow users to share personal information in order to protect minors, but perhaps you could find other people who would like to practise their English where you live - try asking your friends and family if you know anyone or visiting an English school. I'd also suggest you visit our Facebook page, where you might find other useful resources.

Best regards,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hi , would you teach me how to use the phrase"such as" . or can you give me a link that give a representative of that phrase. thanks a lot.

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