Richard goes behind the scenes at Dyson, home of the space-age vacuum cleaner and much more!

Task 1

Which of these things is Richard shown in the video?

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Task 2

What do these numbers refer to in the video?

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Task 3

Drag the words to complete the sentences from the video.

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Task 4

Type 'which' or 'that/which' into these sentences.

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Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2

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Sorry, but they're still unusual to me. I would say 'Which of these things is shown by Richard in the video?' and form the second one using the same structure in the relative clause 'that is shown by Richard'.
Best regards,
Dima

Hello Dima,

Double object verbs such as 'show', which can be followed by two objects (i.e. a direct and indirect object), can be rendered in the passive in two different ways. In the first, the indirect object becomes the subject of the passive verb, whereas in the second, the direct object becomes the subject.

For example, take the sentence 'Tom shows Richard two gadgets.' 'Richard' is the indirect object and 'two gadgets' is the direct object. This sentence can be made passive in the two ways I mentioned above:

  1. Richard is shown two gadgets.
  2. Two gadgets are shown to Richard.

I expect that the first passive form above is the one that looks strange to you. It is indeed a bit unusual compared to other European languages, but it is perfectly normal in English, though this only happens with double object verbs.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Now I totally understand where I was mistaken! I somehow kept thinking that those actions were performed by Richard and not towards him. Excuse me for that foolish mistake and thank you for the support!
Best wishes,
Dima

I like gadgets and technology which make your life simpler and more interesting instead of making you lazier and less productive. I partly agree that for the majority of people internet is a source which opens the whole world locking up in one room.
I prefer some running gear and a watch with GPS and heart monitor is my favourite gadget so far. А smart phone is another one that I like because of its versatility. I would definitely like to own a GoPro camera or even two.
I really like cool Dyson's fan and a cordless vacuum cleaner. It would be great to become an owner of the ones.

In our days there are loads of gadgets that have made our lives better and easier; refrigerator, dish washer, hair drier and we are taking them all for granted, but can we imagine our lives without them, NEVER.
Computers and more specifically laptops are the greatest to me. I spend nearly 8 hours every day using my laptop, doing research, working, watching movies, learning English and socializing, it is very versatile and easy to get, I mean affordable.
When it comes to the gadgets shown in the video they are all brilliant, but the bladeless fan is the most amazing cause at home we should always pay careful attention to children not getting close to the fan, this one is very safe and I really don`t get how it works!

what does buffeting mean ? he says the fan is non-buffeting .Does it mean the fan is not making noises or shaking ?

Hello englishnoob,

Yes, that is the meaning here. 'Buffet' (the verb) means to strike violently or disturb in some way. It is often used to talk about the sea or wind, for example.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Well a big special thanks to Richard who made me laugh all through the 24 videos. He is also so nice, enthusiastic, clear in his speech, ... The perfect reporter ! :-)

how do i download the video? i am a teacher and i have to take the video to class, i dont have internet acces there

Hello aquiles174,

I'm afraid that the videos on LearnEnglish are not available for download for both technical and legal reasons - many of our videos are made in collaboration with other organisations such as the BBC and there are legal restrictions from this. I sympathise with your situation but I'm afraid we are not able to make them available offline.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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