Get to know a little about the Big City Small World audio soap by reading the FAQs.

What is Big City Small World?

Big City Small World is an audio soap opera. Soap opera is a term used to describe a fictional radio or television programme that often follows the lives of a group of people. The storyline for the soap often spans several episodes and each show ends with a promise that the storyline will be continued in the next episode.

Are the characters based on real people?

No, they are not – they are purely fictional. However, you will be able to interact directly with the characters through the Learn English website. Each of the characters has a profile page and you will be able to leave messages for them. Behind each character is a real person, who will respond to you.

Are there any learning activities with the audio?

Yes, for each episode there will be some comprehension questions, vocabulary and grammar exercises, and of course a complete transcript of the episode.

What should I do if I don't understand something?

Leave a comment asking a question about the part you don't understand and one of the LearnEnglish Team will try to help you.


sir in my answer key i have not provided explaination . . . and sir it is not my home work i am preparing for competitive exams

Hello Littleboy,

I'm sorry that your answer key doesn't explain it for you. I'm afraid, however, that, since our main purpose in the comments is to help users with the content on our site, we can't always answer questions like this one. Occasionally we help with other issues, but we can't offer this kind of service regularly.

In this case, for example, a) is not incorrect. There are many possible reasons for this, but without knowing the context we'd have to imagine them and explain them to you. Similarly, we have no idea where your book comes from, nor do we know the context the exercise may provide. Even if we did, explaining it would take quite a lot time and effort on our part, and this would probably not help anyone else. It's not that we don't want to help you -- it's just we can't offer this kind of service to everyone.

I'm not sure if it'd be feasible for you or not, but you might want to look into a British Council class in India, where I'm sure your teacher could help you with this kind of thing.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

A committee comprising eminent experts from various fields .............................
a) was set up
b) was being set up
sir, i tick the option b) but it is showing incorrect , and option B) is in present continous tense i think it is also correct but why the option a) is incorrect

The honourable court .......................... because the accused had no previous criminal record.
a) took a lenient view
b) had taken a lenient view
Sir, i want to know , why the option a) is incorrect?
and why the option b) is right ?

Hello Littleboy,

I'm afraid we don't answer questions from elsewhere as we would end up doing homework for people or doing tests for them, which is not our role. You can ask the authors of this question or check it in a key. 


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

An honest introspection should reveal the..... need for utilise .....public infrastructure budgets more effectively.
a) need for utilising
b) needs to utilise
c) need to utilise
d) needs for utilising

sir, in this question the answer is given option C) need to utilise....but i want to know why the option a) is incorrect

Hello Littleboy,

The noun 'need' is often followed by a to + infinitive, which is why c) is correct. You can also say 'need for', but in this case, some kind of noun must follow it because 'for' is a preposition. The noun form of a verb, otherwise known as a gerund, is the -ing form, which is why 'utilising' is possible but 'utilise' is not. I can't explain why a) is wrong (as I don't think it is completely wrong), but I would say that c) is a better answer than a) because it is the structure used for a context like this one.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

1) Tell me when you are going to come home?
2) Tell me when are you going to come home?

sir , plz explain me which is correct and why? in my opinion the first one is correct because the sentence starting with a clause (Tell me when......)
but in my book the correct one is second .

Hello Littleboy,

I agree with you that 1 is correct. In some situations, for example, a transcription of informal speech when there is a long pause between 'tell me' and the question, then the word order in 2 would also be possible. But without such a specific context, I'd say 1 is best.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Because his work as a painter requires that he ...use ...product containing strong chemicals, he has developed skin allergy.

sir, in the above question ,,,why is there not requirement of "s"(uses) ?