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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Comments

Hey can u tell me ...can't we see d video of any episode....is only audio available of these?

Hello nuks,

Yes, Big City Small World is an audio programme. If you are looking for a video series which is somewhat similar to this then I recommend Word on the Street.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Team Leader,

Am I right to say that 'Do you know...?' is British, and 'Did you know...?' is American?

And have the British recently adopted the American way of questioning?

Thanks,

Yours sincerely,

Chen laifa

Hello Chen Laifa,

I'm not aware of any such difference, but it's difficult to say for sure without a more specific context. American English has influenced British English to some degree, but as far as I know it's usually more in the area of lexis (vocabulary) than grammar.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Team Leader,

I am very grateful to you for clarifying my doubts in the past few queries. Please help me again to understand the usage in the following sentences:

1. Did she offend him for the latter to retaliate against her so heinously?

Is the use of 'for' correct?

2. I would rather my life be short and happy than long but miserable.

Is the structure standard?

Thanks,

Yours sincerely,

Chen laifa

Hello Chen Laifa,

Yes, the structure in 1 is correct, albeit not common in everyday speech. Yes, 2 is a standard structure - 'would rather' to express a preference and 'than' to compare two alternatives.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Team Leader,

I am reading widely to improve my English, and here I have two sentences that I came across:

1. He promised marriage, and she readily accepted.

2. He was glad to meet her, and she was as delighted to see him.

Must there be a 'it' after 'accepted' in the first sentence?

Is the use of 'as' in the second sentence correct or appropriate?

Thanks for your patience,

Yours sincerely,
Chen Laifa

Hi Chen Laifa,

That's great that you're reading widely - it's a fantastic way to improve your English. Regarding your questions: 1) no, it's not necessary. If you look up 'accept' in our dictionary, you'll see under the second definition (when it means to say 'yes' to an offer), the verb can be transitive [T] or intransitive [I]. Without 'it', it is intransitive, and this is probably the more common form.

As for 2), 'as' is indeed correct. It's a comparative form expressing the idea that both of them were equally happy to meet/see each other. This is mentioned on our As and Like page.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Team Leader,

Please advise whether the following sentence is correct:

That picture resembled what I saw of him a few months ago.

Does 'of' follow 'saw'?

Thanks,

Yours sincerely,

Chen laifa

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