Beautiful Christmas window displays are one way shops get into the Christmas spirit. Amandeep goes to Fortnum & Mason to see the work that goes into the displays and find out more about Christmas shopping.

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In the documentary, the presenter uses the present perfect continuous: 'Fortnum and Mason has been selling the finer things in life for over 300 years.' We use this form to describe activities which started in the past and continue to the present moment.

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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Hi Team. Help me with these, please..
Paul : Very, very. I start getting nervous about a week before.
Shouldn't Pual say : "I started getting" than "I start getting"?
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I remember what Rob said :
"absolutely + strong adjective"
What about this one :
Woman 2 : It's absolutely beautiful, it's beautiful.
Does 'beautiful' include a strong adjective?
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you.

Hi Nizam Balinese,

Both 'I start' and 'I started' are possible. The first tells us that Paul always gets nervous about a week before an exam, and this is just another time. The second tells us about one specific case - a particular exam.

Beautiful is a grade adjective and can be modified with 'very', 'extremely, 'slightly' and so on. The stronger adjectives would be 'gorgeous' or 'stunning', for example, which would be modified with 'absolutely', 'completely' or 'utterly'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter.
Thank you for explaining.
Now I know the reason why Paul's chosen "start" than "started" in the sentence.
But for the second answer I'm still not sure.
Like you said, strong adjective of beautiful are stunning or georgous.
And the woman said "absolutely beautiful".
It's not correct, is it?

Hi Nizam Balinese,

'Beautiful' is generally used with the adverbs I mentioned, whereas you cannot use 'very' (for example) with the other adjectives ('stunning', 'gorgeous' etc). However, remember that people use language flexibly and non-standard forms do occur in natural interaction, as is the case here.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Ok then, thanks again Peter.

The tasks are not working... maybe.

Hello Niezniszczalny-Chinczyk,

I'm sorry to hear that the tasks are not working for you. This is most likely because of a compatibility issue with your device. The tasks need to be Flash-compatible, so if you are using a mobile device (a phone or tablet) then you may have problems with this. I suggest you access the site via a different device to see if that solves the problem. Please let us know.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Shops decorate their windows with new year decorations like pine trees, lights, colorful balls and also even artifical snow and display their products in their windows in my country.

Shops in my country put sample of products they sell in their windows.

althought i am vietnamese,i alway love england

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