Carlos, the aspiring chef, shows up out of the blue - but he might help save the café.

Written by Chris Rose.

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Thank you very much

Well... I really can't understand why "money" and "research" are uncountable nouns? Especially money... I count them every day!

Hello Marina Lantukh,

Yes, it is slightly counter-intuitive, isn't it? In English you count notes, coins, pounds, dollars and so on, but money is an uncountable noun to describe the whole amount.

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The LearnEnglish Team

" show up out of the blue "
actually i dont get the meaning of that phrase
even i don't know whether it is an idiom or not
please tell me the meaning or guide me to where i can find such things

Hi Aljefri,

You can find the meaning of this by breaking it down into its two parts – 'show up' and 'out of the blue' – and looking each of them up in the dictionary. Note there's a handy search box on the lower right side of this page (under Cambridge Dictionaries Online).

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello there :)
I've a question :
can we say : ( what do you mean ?) instead of ( how do you mean ? ) , or it's more correct to say it like the second form ?!
Thanks alot :)

Hello Bobbos,

Yes, in fact, 'what do you mean?' is probably more common than 'how do you mean?'. 

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The LearnEnglish Team

Could you help? Near the end of the episod, Carlos asks "How do you mean" - in response to Sarah's suggestion to do some research. What is the difference between "what do you mean?" and "how do you mean?"

Hi ykhahn4141,

The question with "what" tends to be used when a more complete explanation is wanted, whereas "how" tends to be used to ask for an explanation of a specific part, but often there is really no significant difference between them. In this context, there is no important difference.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk, thanks for your quick reply. We never learned "how + mean" at school. I don't recall my British friends saying it either. Maybe I overlooked.. Now I understand both can be used in general?
I am new here and I realise you reply to every single question, even for old episods. Really appreciate..
Regards, Youngkyung