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.

BCSW - Good news & bad news

Instructions

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

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Comprehension task

Complete this exercise to check how much you understand.

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Task 2

Vocabulary

Adjective + noun collocations

Match the halves to make common adjective + noun collocations. 

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Task 3

Vocabulary

Colloquial expressions

Complete the colloquial expressions with a word from the box.

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Task 4

Grammar

Adjective endings: -ed and -ing

Read the sentences and select the one with the correct adjective.

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Task 5

Grammar

Articles

Read the sentences and choose 'a/an' or 'the' or ' - ' (no article) to fill in the gaps.

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Hi! I'm sorry to disturb you, but I still don't understand why in the sentence:
That’s ______ excellent news. (task 5) It's not correct to fill in the gap whith AN.

Please, could you help me to understand that?

Many thanks!

Hello Debbybb,

'news' is an uncount noun, which you can see, by the way, in the Cambridge Dictionary entry for 'news' where it says noun [U] – the [U] means 'uncount'. 'a/an' is only used with singular count nouns, not uncount nouns.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,

ok, but if I speak about one news in particular, is the rule still the same?
Because the news in that case is one I was thinking the article "an" was ok.
E.g.
A good news,
an excellent water (bottle),
a good people (country).
I speak about one kind of water, one kind of people. The reference in those cases is not general.

The rule is clear, every grammar web site says that, but there are lots of english (british and US) using the article for phrases such as:
- It's an excellent water to fish from the bank
- Influence of a mineral water rich in calcium
- A humble people
- God will have a humble people (english Bible)

I would point out, that the website where I found those frases, are important, even on magazines.
Is it one of those cases where people make the future grammar?

I really want speak English correctly, so, I'll follow the Dictionary's rules. :-)

Thank you very much!
Have a nice day!

Hello Debbybb,

Some words, like 'news', just don't have a singular form. Since 'news' is only an uncount noun, we say something like 'a piece of news', or, probably more commonly, just say 'that's some good news!'.

Many other words, like 'water' exists as both count and uncount nouns. When we speak about the substance H2O, it's generally uncount, whereas when we speak about a bottle of water, the water from a particular source or water of a particular type, it's often used as a count noun. 

You can find the difference between 'people' as a plural noun and 'people' as a singular count noun in the dictionary – please look it up and read all of the entries, as it is quite clearly explained there.

Good luck!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,

Now I've got it! :-) Thanks for your kindness end for your time.

All the best,
Debby

Hi!Help me, please. I can't access series 2 from my mobile. The button for choose the number of series is missing from the menu. It give me only the most popular episodes, not the next after this one. So, I'm studying the fourth episode from the second series but I can't use my smartphone.

Hello Incy Wincy,

Are you using the LearnEnglish App or accessing via a browser?

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I'm using a browser. Since last year I hadn't problems to navigate on site. I made a pause and when I came back the site has a new look....You think my Android is too old? It is an 2.3.6....

Hello Incy Wincy,

I'm no expert on phones, I'm afraid! I know that different browswers can be used on Android phones, so I suggest you try an alternative to see if it helps. It does appear to be a local compatibility issue, which we can't deal with on the site.

I'll post direct links to each episode of Series 2 below. At least you'll be able to access them from this reply, though I urge you to try an alternative browser first.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

Episode 8

Episode 9

Episode 10

Episode 11

Episode 12

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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