Stephen decides he’s going to fix up an old banger and gets Ashlie to help him. There’s just one small problem ...

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Hello nameless,

That really depends on what is meant, which is not clear without the context. The first form that comes to my mind is the past perfect continuous ('had been declining'), as it offers an explanation for the takeover.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

First of all, thank you very much for your work.
I think I heard in Listen and Watch, Word on the street , Education Scene 2, this sentence (1:10 - 1:12)
Stephen: ... Come on. I want to show you to Gavin.
while what i read
«... Come on. I want to introduce you to Gavin.»
What i heard is right?
Thank you
Luigi

Hi Luigi,

I hear what the transcript indicates here, though it's true that Stephen doesn't pronounce 'introduce' all that clearly. It's great that you pay this much attention to the pronunciation, by the way – you can really improve your comprehension and speaking skills (be sure to imitate what you listen to until it feels comfortable, or at least more comfortable, to pronounce these phrases) a lot this way.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi teacher, Hi everyone. I've noticed two new verbs to me (or phrasal verbs, I'm not sure): come along and pay off. I've written two sentences and I would really appreciate if someone could tell me if they're correct.
1.- After watching many videos of British Council, my english is really coming along (I mean my english is improving).
2.- All my efforts studying english are already paying off (I mean I'm starting to see results).
That's it. Thank you very much!
Sonia

Hello ssoniacs,

Yes, both of those sentences are fine.

It looks like both of them are true as well!

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much! This website is the best way to learn english I've found ever. Congratulations for your work!!
Sonia

Hello Sonia,

Thanks for this comment – it's always nice to hear that our users English has improved by using LearnEnglish!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi teacher, from this videos, i have got a couple of questions. From its context, what do these words mean?

1. "Such an old banger. It hasn't got a boot." - old banger? Boot?
2. "It's got a smashed bonnet." - smashed bonnet?
3. "It's such an old heap." - old heap?
4. Stephen said, "i think it's really coming along". I don't really get it. Could you explain me what does "coming along" mean in that context?

Sorry if I ask too much. But i'm really looking forward to get your reply. Thank you in advance :)

Roy

Hello again elroy,

I've just checked and you can find all of these words in our dictionary - see the search box under Cambridge Dictionaries Online on the lower right side of this page. Note that the meanings used are not always the first definitions listed - for example, see the second definition (car) for 'boot' and the fourth (develop) for 'come along'. The only one that the dictionary might not help with is 'heap'. Calling a car an 'old heap' is a way of saying it's old and in very poor condition, as if it were falling apart.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hello.. what's the defference between adverb clause and adjective clause?

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