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

BCSW - Meeting friends


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Hello!Which is correct?
A phone is on the small table. or
The phone is on a small table.
Thanks, beforehand.

Hello mehinaydinli,

Both sentences are grammatically correct. Which is the correct one to use depends on the context. Do the speaker and listener know which phone is being talking about? If so, then 'the' is needed. If they are talking about any phone (and it doesn't matter which one) then 'a' would be appropriate.

Articles are generally context-dependent. You need to think about what the speaker and listener know: what information is shared and what is new to them.

You can read more about articles in this section (use the links on the right) and on this page and this page.


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The LearnEnglish Team

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Hello!Is it true to say "I have nether a sister nor a brother."

Hello mehinaydinli,

You can say 'I have neither a sister nor a brother', but people would more commonly say 'I don't have any brothers or sisters' or 'I don't have any siblings'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

How interesting conversation!
Olivia said " Not him, by any chance?" and " Let's make this easier". it's plenty easy to understand the meaning of both of sentences due to the clear context actually. However I'm not sure if it's formal and how it is used often. Espeacially the first one doesn't mean clear. Please healp me clarify them. Thanks a lot!

Hi sambala,

Both of these sentences are fairly informal. The first sentence misses out certain words and this makes it less formal:

It is not him, by any chance, is it?

The second sentence uses a direct form ('Let's) which is common in informal speech. Neither sentence is incorrect or slang, however.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Yes! it works and thank for your answer!

hello, I just started here, how is it possible to put the events in the correct order.
When i click nothing changed.