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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I need a precision : in the sentence " Fortnum and Manson, here in Piccadilly, has been selling the finer things....", why it hasn't been said "the finest things..."? Thank you.

Hi chris,

One could say 'the finest things' here and that would also be OK. 'The finer things' is almost an idiomatic expression and here has a very specific meaning, which you can see in the Cambridge Dictionary entry for 'fine':

fine adjective (EXACT)

C1 [usually before noun] very exact and delicate, or needing to be done, treated, or considered very carefully:
I understood in general what she was talking about, but some of the finer details/points were beyond me.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you,
best wishes

Thank you

Hi teacher, I don't know when I have got to use "about" and "around" to refer to something that isn't exact. I think that in these two sentences "I start getting nervous about a week before" and "We expect to sell around seven and a half thousand of those" around and about mean the same but I'm not sure.... It's very confusing for me. Thank you very much. Best wishes. Sonia

Hello ssoniacs,

In most contexts these two alternatives are interchangeable. There may be some contexts in which one or the other is more common, but I cannot think of any in which either would be wrong.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

In the last sentence, She should be finished soon. Does "She" refers to the flat or Celia?.

Hello Valoiss,

she refers to Celia in this sentence. To refer to the flat, you would have to use the pronoun it, since the flat is a thing and therefore has no gender.

In general, the pronoun it (or they if plural) is used to refer to things. There are a few exceptions to this - for example, sometimes sailors refer to a ship with the pronoun she - but it is also correct in these cases and is what I recommend my students use whenever they need to speak about an inanimate object.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Ive been studying for two hours without having any break. So i think time to do something different. Because i fed up :(

Hello Zeyy,

You're working hard, which is good, but breaks are important!  Research suggests that we get more done and learn more efficiently with regular breaks, so take around ten minutes every hour or so and it will help you to keep fresh and make your time as productive as possible.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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