Harry sure is good at his job as he doesn’t come cheap! Written by Chris Rose.

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Fadi said(What kind of costs are we looking at?) what if he says (how much it cost or sentence like that)what the different between the tow expressions
and another question: what basic package means
thanks

Hello fidaasiddig,

How much will it cost? is a general phrase which we can use in many contexts: about business, in a shop and when we are negotiating a price for something.

What kind of costs are we looking at? is more specific and used when we are talking about a project of some kind, especially in business – costs is a word which relates specifically to business and economics.

 

When we buy something (goods or services), we often have a starting price and then extra things that we can also have for more money. For example, if we buy a car then we may have options like satellite navigation or heated seats. The basic package is the car without any of these.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,
instead "It’s nice to have a change every now and then" I ear "It’s must to have a change every now and then". is it possible?
Thanks

Hi Jobfer,

It's true that the words are elided, but I hear what the transcript indicates.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you all stuff of britishcouncil for what you do for us, we appreciate that.

I've just caught the means of some phrases, such as: keep ahead of the game, take into account, I'm up for it... Thank you so much your teaching!
So I'll have to take into account on studying English everyday instead of listening music/watching movies/playing games, ;)

Hello,
I want to know what do Oliva mean when she say : More? " ?
and what the meaning " there’s no harm in looking " ?

Any sentences indicated that " Olivia thinks Harry is asking for too much money is True " ?

Thank you

Hello walaa,

Olivia already knows that Harry has a lot of job offers so when she says 'More?' she is expressing surprise that he is still looking. She is effectively saying 'You're looking for more job offers? Don't you have enough already?'

 

The phrase 'there's no harm in looking' means that looking will not cause any problems and it may be helpful. In other words, there is no reason not to look.

 

Olivia's reaction makes it clear that she thinks Harry is asking for too much money. She even says directly to Magda that it is a lot of money:

Harry: Great – I’d love to do it. Now then, normally, for a job like that, I’d ask about a grand...
Olivia: A grand!
Magda: What’s a “grand”??
Olivia: A thousand pounds.
Magda: Phew! That sounds like a lot...
Olivia: It is!

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hai,
Olivia:can you let me think about that ? I'll get back to you in a day or two.
Why do you use "can you", generally we say "let me think about that".Any difference in meaning ...
Fadi : You don't come cheap, do you Harry?
i can't understand the meaning.. Is Fadi bargaining to Harry for reducing cost?
Please help...
Thank You...

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