The start of Series 3 brings bad news. Tony's Café has been burgled! Or has it?

Written by Chris Rose.

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Language level
Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1


Sir, which is the right way to say it:
1) I don't know whether should I go with her or not?
2) I don't know whether I should go with her or not?
In my opinion 1st one is correct as it is a question.

Thank you

Hello SahilK,

I'm afraid neither of these are correctly formed reported questions, though 2 would be correct if you simply changed the question mark to a full stop. Please see the page I linked to for an explanation of how to form indirect questions.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

good morning,
I don't understand very well the sentence " Let's just nip into the cafe .....
If I look intio the diccionary for nip the meaning is completely different.

Hello concha62,

'nip in' means to go in quickly. Harry doesn't want to spend a long time there, just long enough to eat breakfast.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir I am confused in the way , is used in the sentences. I know its one usage is when we are telling about a lot of things in a row for example: You should be intelligent, smart and brave. But when I see sentences like:
1) On Wednesday, Sam will complete one year at the helm of Tata Sons Ltd, the holding company of the salt-to-software conglomerate.
2) As a businessman, I feel things here are substantially more above board.
And the list goes on. I mean, I use them a lot of the times unknowingly but I don't know why we use them and I hope you would help me in this.
Thank you in advance

Hello SahilK,

The comma has many uses in English. It is used, as you say, in lists but it is also used in many other ways. There are grammatical structures which require commas (non-defining relative clauses, for example) and there are many rules of sentence construction (syntax) which govern comma use. There is also the question of style and convention. We use commas to show a break in thinking, for example.

You can find rules for comma use if you search for them - many publications have syle guides, for example, which summarise such rules. However, I think a better approach than trying to memorise rules is to simply read extensively. You will familiarise yourself with good practice in this way without having to learn fixed rules.



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Sir I have some sentences with which I am not sure whether they are right or wrong:
1) The PM arrives from New York tomorrow.
Why this can't be written as "The PM will arrive from New York tomorrow."?
2) He leaves his job next week.
Why not " He will leave his job next year."?
3) She leaves for America next year.
Why not "She will leave for America next year."?
4) We have lunch at 2:00 tomorrow as Sam 'catches' a noon train. Is this right?
5) Which one is right?
- I have taken lunch at 1:00 p.m.
Or - I took lunch at 1:00.
- I 'prepared' in the morning. Or
- I "have prepared" in the morning.
Thank you in advance

Hello SahilK,

Except for the last sentence, all of the sentences you propose are correct in certain contexts. You can read more about the verb tenses used in sentences 1-4 on our talking about the future page and the sentences in 5 on our talking about the past page. 'I have prepared in the morning' is a bit strange because if we're speaking about the morning of the day we are in, we say 'this morning' instead of 'in the morning' -- so if you changed it to 'this morning', the sentence would be correct.

I think the explanations on the pages I mentioned should clarify these tenses for you, but if you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask us. Please note that if you wonder what the difference is between two sentences, you should try to explain to us what you think the difference is first. This will help us answer your question better.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir these are the sentences that I am confused in:
i) He insists me to try again.
ii) He insists me on trying again.
Why first sentence is wrong and second sentence is right?
Thank you in advance