You might not think of Britain as a tropical country, but at the Eden Project they have their very own rainforest! Richard learns about the centre's cutting-edge work in research and education, and pretends to be a bat for one of the world's rarest plants.

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Select the true sentences.

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Use no more than three words and/or a number to complete the sentences about the Eden Project.

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Task 3

Order the words to make sentences from the video.

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Task 4

Complete the sentences using the right 'green' word.

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Hello everyone..
☆ Would you like to visit the Eden Project?
- I'd love to visit this place. I love the idea so much and would like to know more about it.
Plants may not look as charismatic as animal, but plants are a critical part of the ecosystem. Fortunately, some scientist have dedicated their lives to studying plants, especially rare ones that are quickly heading towards extinction.
☆ How can we protect endangered species?
- The best way to protect endangered species is to protect the special place where they live. So when you are buying a house, consider your impact on wildlife habitat. By protecting habitat, entire communities of animals and plants can be protected together I think.
☆ Do you produce enough rubbish to make a WEEE man?
- I don't know how much rubbish I throw away, I've never calculated it, so I don't know it's been enough to make a WEEE man or not. But the most important thing right now is to do the best, to keep clean and save the world, you know.

Hello British Council's staff,

I wonder which kind of grammatical formula is " to be pollinating". Today for istance i have crossed also "if you happend to be wearing a white labcoat....". I have then found the meaning, but i can not understand which is the basic logical sense of this grammatical structure yet, therfore when it is normally used.
Can you help me please?

Thank you!

Hello Wolves,

'to be pollinating' and 'to be wearing' are continuous infinitives. Our continuous aspect page explains the different uses of continuous forms in general and should help you understand what these infinitives mean, but if you have any other specific questions, please let us know. Though we'll need to know more about the context, of course!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,

Have'd look at the grammar section you suggested to looking, yet i am still baffled, above all because it seams to me that the exeples in the grammar page lesson, do not have something to do with the sentences i refered to in my previous comment. I going to make my point clear: if i say "we are going to be pollinating", the meaning, to me, seams to be: we are going to act as pollinators do (this is what i got out of it; is it right?). So it seams to be really different in comparison with "my mather will be cooking when i'll get home", which means: in the future, i am getting home while my mother is cooking.
Overall, i did not understand. Meybe i need more exeples before understanding.

Hello Wolves,

I think there is a point of confusion in your question as you are not comparing similar examples. Both of your examples contain a continuous infinitive but 'will' and 'going to' have different meanings and the difference between the sentences comes from these differences.

Continuous forms have a number of uses but the key meaning is in progress - they describe actions or states which are in progress at a particular time. It's helpful to compare examples with continuous and simple infinitives:

  1. We are going to pollinate.
  2. We are going to be pollinating.

Sentence 1 describes a planned action as a whole. It doesn't tell us the duration of the activity but it looks at the activity as one unbroken event.

Sentence 2 describes an ongoing activity. It tells us that at a particular moment we will be in the middle of the act of pollination. The moment could be a time ('at 12.00') or a moment ('when you arrive').

 

The other example is similar:

  1. My mother will cook when I get home.
  2. My mother will be cooking when I get home.

The first sentence tells us that your mother will not begin to cook until you get home - she will wait to start.

The second sentence tells us that your mother will be in the middle of cooking when you arrive - she will start before you get home but will not have finished.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Peter,

Maybe i did understand. This pattern is used for refering to an action that keep going when an other second event comes in.

Thank you!

That was an interesting subject. As an offshore wind turbine engineer, i have been seriously involved in such issues, which i can surmise will be more promulgated in very soon future on account of the hurdles we are going through.

Of course, I wouldn't mind visiting the Eden Project! It does look a very interesting place to be in, though.Once, we people stop destroying everything in the world, we wouldn't have to protect endangered species, anyway! I don't think I produce enough rubbish to make a WEEE man.However, people are starting consuming the tech gadget, unwisely more and more which they end up with rubbish to make a WEEE man...

I really liked the way that Britain is interested in ecology and the planet, I also liked the bubble design where the different types of plants and the eden project is a great way to start putting the example In several countries so the change is greater, maybe it is difficult to change but it is for the sake of the planet, I am very interested in the video and the project eden I understood it very well and my expectation about Great Britain change.

Yeah I agree with you! I did like the idea that Britain cares about the planet and our evironment.I wish every nation would do the same! That would be too good to be true, though.

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