Series 1 Episode 1 - Meeting Friends

 

In this first episode our friends meet up in a café.

Tasks

Preparation

Do the vocabulary activity below before you listen. Then listen to the episode and do the first two tasks to check your understanding. Finally, practise some grammar in Tasks 3 and 4. You can read the transcript at any stage if you want.

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Dear sir,
I was wondering if you would say the meaning of following sentence. "unless the agreement otherwise provides",

Thanks and regards
Musini

Hello Musini,

This means 'unless it says something different in the agreement'.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!There is a sentence in task 4 "We’re waiting ..... Julia." and correct answer is given as "to meet" ,perhapse, because of purpose.But,I think that to use "for meeting " is possible too,is't it?

Hello mehinaydinli,

When the verb meet is followed by another verb, the second verb goes in the to + infinitive form - that is why the correct answer here is to meet. The verb wait is also commonly followed by the preposition for, but only when for is followed by a noun, e.g. 'We're waiting for Julia'. It's not correct to say for meeting here for these reasons.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I'm so sorry.But it isn't clear to me.Maybe you have written " the verb meet " instead of "the verb wait" by mistake in the beginning of the first sentence.

Hello mehinaydinli,

Thank you for pointing this out!  Kirk meant, of course, 'the verb wait' rather than 'the verb meet'.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!Can you explain the meaning of "Thought so!",please? Shall I get some tea? Is "shall" a modal verb here? I think in this case shall=can. Thanks beforehand!

Hello mehinaydinli,

'Thought so!' is short for 'I thought so!', which is often used after something we think has been confirmed. Johnny suspected that Sarah was originally from Shanghai, and when she says this, his suspicion is confirmed.

shall is often used to request instructions or to offer to do something. You can read more about this on our ability, permission, requests and advice page. can is a bit different - it is used to ask permission in this sort of sentence - this is explained on the same page.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much for your help!Now it's clear to me.Can you tell me if shall is modal verb in this case?

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