Series 1 Episode 12 - Good News & Bad News

 

In the final episode of this season, find out about Magda's new job and how Sarah deals with her intrusive landlord. Harry has some surprising news and Johnny has a big decision.

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Thanks Peter, useful advice. But what will i choose when i use that? Will i use the noun, or verb etc.?

Hello Aaron,

The phrase you asked about was 'the landlord', which I think you can tell is a noun.  If you're not sure, then the context of the sentence should make it clear to you, as should any prefixes or suffixes.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Aaron,

'Landlord' can refer to two different things.  It can be the person who owns a pub in Britain.  It can also be the owner of a building or land who rents it out to someone else (the tenant).  In this episode it is the second meaning which is relevant.

In future, when you need to check an item of vocabulary like this, why not use the Cambridge Dictionaries Online window on the right?  You can look the item up and get a definition, example sentences and grammatical information, plus pronunciation.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear all,
I really want to know the mean of expression" I had a row with my landlord".
Thanks

Thanks Kirk!
My specific doubt was in the meaning of word "row" in this context.
Best regards!

Hi Beto R,

If you search for the words that you don't recognise in the dictionary - I'm going to suppose that these are row and landlord - then I think it will be clear. There's a very handy dictionary search box on the right (look for the Look it up! button). In this sentence, it's the fourth meaning of row (argument) that is used and the first meaning of landlord: I argued with the owner of my flat.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 
That's excellent news.
hi , would you help me to understand why the stentence above is right, without "the" in it.

Hello jeany,

When we mention something for the first time, we generally use the indefinite article (a/an) for countable nouns.  'News' is an uncountable noun and so we cannot use the indefinite article but rather use a determiner such as 'some'.  We use the definite article after first mention, especially if we want to identify which news we are talking about - in other words, to say 'this news and not that news'.  For example:

"I've got some good news and some bad news."

"What's the good news?"

You can see this In the conversation:

Sarah: Wow, this is getting complicated...and I’m afraid I’ve only got some bad news...

Magda: Oh no...what a shame! What’s the problem?

Olivia: Yeah, go on, bad news first, then the good news will cheer us up!

[Olivia's first sentence here is unusual and does not use 'the' as she is shortening the whole sentence.  If she used a full sentence she would say 'Yeah, go on, give us the bad news first...' and use a definite article.]

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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