British innovation is not just in the home. Join Richard as he talks about robots, space exploration – and very fast cars.

Task 1

Select the things that Richard does in the video.

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Task 2

Type a missing word or number from the video.

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Task 3

Combine the two words to make phrases from the video.

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Task 4

Select the correct verb form.

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Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2

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Hi cristianfirpo,

That's a good question!  As far as I'm aware, there is no rule for how compound nouns such as 'games console' are formed.  Generally, the first word is singular, as in 'movie player', 'pencil case' and so on, but sometimes a plural is used, such as 'games console' and 'graphics editor'.  It's simply necessary to learn the correct form, I'm afraid.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!
Could you help me, please? I don't really understand the Task4. It would be great, if you send me a link, where I can read the grammar of this exercise. I hope it doesn't too much to ask.

I like your videos very much, they're very interesting. You help me a lot learning this language. And what is more I enjoy it! :) Thank you very much!

Best wishes,
Kinga :)
 

Hello kyngu1994,
I'm glad you like the videos, and that they're helping you.  It's nice to know!
The grammar in Task 4 looks at two different uses of 'to' in English:
'to' as a preposition followed by an -ing form
and
'to' as part of an infinitive form.
You can find exercises on this here and here.
I hope that helps you.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much! :)

One more question! At the end of the video Richard says:
Well, this is another dream come_ true...
Why is it 'come" and not "comeS"?

Hello Kenzoll,
This is a good question, and I bet it has puzzled a few learners!  The answer is that the phrase 'come true' is not a present simple form.  It's actually what we call a reduced relative clause - that is, a relative clause with some words removed:
Well, this is another dream (which has) come true.
When you see it like this, it's easy to see that 'come' is actually an example of the third form of the verb.  If it were another verb, it would be easier to see:
That's another heart (which has been) broken.
Thanks for the interesting question.  I hope that answers it for you.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Great! Thank you very much )) Yes, it was a bit confusing. I have never thought about such grammar case like that, though.
 

Does the phrase at the beginning of the video "there is a snake on the loose" mean sth? Is it an idiom? Or not?

Hello Kenzoll,
You can find the answer to this question yourself with the Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool on the right of the page.  Give it a go - type in 'on the loose' and you'll get a definition which will explain it for you.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much!

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