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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Sir, I came across with these sentences:
1) This letter is very important 'to' your admission.
Can we say ... 'for' your admission?
2) The genes reacted 'to' blood sugar levels in the animals.
Can we say ... 'with' blood sugar ...?
3)And do we use ' or " with words like 'with' or "with"? Which is right? And what do we use with a sentence ' or "?
Thank you in advance

Hello SahilK,

1. In this context you can use 'to' or 'for' without any difference in meaning.


2. There is a difference in meaning:

'X reacts to Y' means that the presence or action of Y causes a change in X or an action by X. For example, I could say 'John reacted to Sue's story with shock'.

'X reacts with Y' describes a chemical reaction which involves both X and Y. An example would be the process of rusting metal, where iron reacts with the oxygen in the air.


3. The use of speech marks (" ") and inverted commas (' ') vary quite a lot. Different people have different preferences and there are differences between US and GB English as well.

I use speech marks (" ") when I quote a person's actual words (or words from a book, a film etc). For example:

"Where are you going?" James asked.

I use inverted commas (' ') when I want to highlight a word in a sentence to show that it is used ironically or to direct the reader's attention to a use which is non-standard in some way. For example, I might write:

My aunt 'entertained' us by playing the piano and singing to us very badly for an hour.

You can read a summary of various uses of these forms of punctuation on this page. The uses there are not necessarily the same as mine - as I said, the use of these varies quite a lot.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

the word "puss" has the same meaning as "cat". Is "puss" used commonly?

Hello Anna,

Usually we use the word 'puss' only when speaking directly to a cat. Sometimes peoples also say 'kitty' instead of 'puss'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

thanks British council.

Can anyone tell me what's different between "thief" and "burglar" in English? Thanks!

Hello Seven Bui,

'Burglar' has a very specific meaning. It describes a person who breaks into a house and steals things. We do not use this word to describe someone who steals from a bank, a shop or anywhere else.

'Thief' has a general meaning. It describes anyone who steals something. Thus all burglars are thieves but not all thieves are burglars.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

What do we understand From the last sentence?
It's he asking to cat something or the cafe's name is "cafe cat."?

Hello Metin,

When Johnny says 'Is this the new café cat?' he's asking himself and the others, in a not completely serious way, if the cat that was attracted by the fish might stay around and either live or spend a lot of time at the café. 

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much