Ashlie and Stephen are getting ready for Christmas. They need to buy presents and decorate the tree, but there's still time for a bit of ice-skating...

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i think every nation has their occasion which they celebrate with , religious or nationality .

Hi Team.
Stephen : Ashlie and I are supposed to be doing some last minute Christmas shopping.
If I change "to be doing" into "to do",
Is it allowed in the rule of grammatical?
If yes, what is the difference between "to be doing" and "to do" in the sentence?
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you.

Hi Nizam Balinese,

Both 'to do' and 'to be doing' are possible, grammatically speaking.

If we say '...are supposed to be doing...' then we mean that we should be in the middle of doing it at the moment of speaking. The time reference is 'now' for both 'supposed' and 'doing', in the sense of the moment of speaking.

If we say '...are supposed to do...' then we mean that we need to do this and have not done it yet. The time reference is 'now' for 'supposed' and the future for 'do'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

To the Learnienglish team,
Can i ask a question?, im quite baffled with the this statement " stephen has a go at ice skating". Is this means that stephen tried and went for ice skating.
Thank you for your response.

Hello mr. awesome,

Yes, 'have a go at something' means 'to try something', so this means that Stephen tried ice skating for the first time. By the way, you can often find phrases like 'have a go' in the Cambridge Dictionary. If you find a page like the one I linked to, search for the phrase and you'll often find it - have a go on the page I linked to and you'll find it.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have an English friend, vho lives in my town and she has described the traditions about British Christmas, especially the customs of exchanging gift of Christmas Eve, of cooking the turkey stuffed and of decorating the home.
People buy the various kinds of presents for Christmas: clothing, jewels, books, collector's items, technological objects, etc.
People put on a Christmas trees diverse decorations, as stars, balls, ribbons, highlights, etc.

They decorate their houses ,cook the turkey and wish to Santa Claus to get a present.
They buy toys for children or clothes for adults each other.
Colorful balls, candles and a star that is on top of the tree.

Christmas is one of the most popular and important ocasion for people around the world. It's time to stay with the family and friends, they share gifts and has the customs to go to church to be grateful with God and of course they prepare delicious food with turkey, potatoes, salads and sweets desserts It's time to celebrate waiting for "Santa Clouds" with his bag full of presents for all people, specially children that had a good behavor during the year. Many parents buy toys to their children and others give clothes or small souvenirs. The Christmas tree is decorated with lights and colourful balls.

People usually give presents which they have wanted to buy or they have needed to each other, Christmas present (or new year present according to my culture) doesn't have to be very big, it can be small. The important thing is thinking for another person and making him/her happy.I know that decorations are made with pine trees, lights, colorful balls etc.

Christmas is a special day. People buy each other precious gifts