It's Christmas morning! Ashlie's got a lot to do to cook dinner for the family, but can she get Stephen to help?

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello Rajaram,

Thanks for your contribution! I just wanted to point out that in fact, always can be used with almost any tense, as Peter explains in his response to monaia below.

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sir I want ask that is there any grammertical audio podcost available . if there is so kindly help.

Hello englishlearner2015,

Many of our audio and visual materials have language sections, including Word on the Street (these are called 'Language Focus' and are included with every episode). For example, many of our Elementary Podcasts have language sections at the end which deal with grammar and/or vocabulary, while Big City Small World episodes always deal with langage from the text and provide explanations and exercises on some aspect of this.

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Hi, I have some questions . could you answer me please?
1- Ashlie said ( I have always wanted) . Is (always) used in prewsent perfect tense?
2- have or has +been + verb + ing , what is this tense called?
3- Mum said ( I know you're going to love your ...) . This is a wrong way of talking about predictions in the future, isn't it ?
Thanks .

this tenes called present perfect continuous

If you find this structure.
I have+been watch+ing TV since night .
this is called present perfect continuous tense .
have been
has been
ing form of very used .

Hello monaia,

1. 'Always' can be used with almost any tense.

2. The present perfect continuous.

3. No, it's perfectly correct to talk about predictions like that.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi peter

Hi vasanthakumar,

Welcome to LearnEnglish. I hope you enjoy your time with us.

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Could you explain to me '' what is ' the stuffing' ''?