Stephen and Ashlie realise they have quite similar ideas about what their Mum would like, but Ashlie soon gets distracted from the task in hand!

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Intermediate: B1


Hi everyone,
I am from Turkey and in my country generally there are the markets on the street, not building also seller always scream such as tomatooo, applee :))


Jackie had her phone stolen on a train

Jackie has her phone stolen on a train

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?

Hello Marwa.Mohamed,

These are two different verb forms: the past simple (had) and the present perfect (has had). It's not possibe to provide long explanations of each form in the comments sections but we have a number of pages in our grammar sections which deal with these forms:

present perfect

past simple


You might also find these pages helpful:

talking about the present

talking about the past


If you have any specific questions about the material on those pages we'll be happy to answer, of course.



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I'm from Brazil and I think the markets here are quite similar to those in England, with a lot of stores and pretty things. Actually, I love to go shopping. I usually buy clothes, shoes or jewerly, and I also enjoy to go lunch or dinner at the restaurants.

at the end Ashlie said: in fact I almost bought one for myself. from the context it feels that she wish she could buy one for herself but she did not. is that correct?

Hello xr,

That would make sense and it could certainly be true. To be honest, though, I can't really tell if she was really considering buying one for herself or if she was saying this to emphasise how much she likes it and how much she thinks their mother will like it.

I'm sorry not to be able to give you a more definitive answer. If only we could ask her!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Another Question:
When Ashlie says: "That should do it." what does it mean?

she means that( her friend should give him back the money which he takes)