Richard shows us the best way to see London's many sights, travels back in time to the Warwick Castle of 500 years ago... and gets into a sword fight!

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Select the things Richard did.

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Put the descriptive phrases with the places they describe to make complete sentences.

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Type the right preposition in the space to complete the sentence.

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Can you make these sentences from Warwick Castle's visitors' guide?

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Hi Kirk, in thi video, they say "in the fourteen hundreds". I have studied "hundred" is always singular after a number and it can be plural only when there is no number in the front, e.g. in "hundreds of people". I thought I would read it "in fourteen hundred", even without the article "the".
Same for 1620s, even in this case I would think it is because they include all the 10 years of the 20s.
Could you help me out to put all this in place?
Thank you,
Maria

Hello Maria,

It's true that when we are pronouncing one specific number, 'hundred' is singular, and also that we say 'hundreds of people'. But it's also possible to use 'the' before 'hundreds' in contexts when 'the' makes sense, e.g. 'The hundreds of people who came to the concert were disappointed', in which we're talking about a specific group of people.

When we want to speak about the span of a century, or a time within that century - for example 1400-1500 - we can say 'the 15th century' or 'the 1400s' (pronounced 'fourteen hundreds'). And when we want to speak about a decade or time within that decade, we can say, for example, 'the 1620s' or even just 'the 20s' (if from context it's clear that we're talking about that decade in the 17th century).

Does that make sense?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

Yes Kirk, it's all clear now. Thank you very much for yr explanation.
Maria

I would definitely like to go on a guided tour of Buckingham Palace and have a ride on the London Eye a few times. It would be great to visit Elizabeth Tower and approach the most famous bell in the world as close as possible. The Globe Theatre is without a doubt among the most desirable places to visit in London for me. Museums, galleries, squares, historical sites and buildings, bus tours and walking excursions are all those things that attract me in such a great city as London! But there’s more – I’m going to run the London Marathon one day and I hope nothing will prevent me from doing it.
Sadly, one of the most famous cities in Ukraine is probably Chernobyl. My friend’s grandmother still lives near there and after his last visit to her he brought a souvenir hat with the word ‘Chernobyl’ on it. And maybe I’m not right but I think that selling souvenirs in such a place is extremely inappropriate especially when it’s done for increasing one’s bank account.
If you want to come to Ukraine one day, I would recommend to visit such cities as Kyiv and Lviv - one of which is a capital of my country, of course, and has a lot of interesting places to go to, and the other is the most romantic and authentic one visited by many tourists from all around the world.
I’m sure that life 500 years ago would have been simply different especially if you would come there from the future having experienced the modern and more convenient, in many aspects, way of life.

if I would in London, the first thing I would have visited Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. I'm from Russia, in our country there are many historical sites that attract tourists from different countries. The most famous of them are the Moscow Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral, Kunstkamera - museum of anthropology and ethnography.
500 years ago, in my opinion, people loved and lived as today. During this time, many things have changed in our world, but human values are the same, in spite of the war and global conflicts between the world powers.

If I was visiting London, I'd definitely go to Buckingham Palace and a variety of museums. I'd take many photos on Tower Bridge and other places. I'd enjoy Shakespeare plays, and go on a ride on London Eye. Also I'd do lots of shopping in markets, and have some fish and chips.

There are so many historical places in China. I'd like be a tour guide if anybody wants to visit there. I guarantee you see the best sights and taste the best food!

Life in 500 years ago must be horrible. I don't think I would ever be able to get used to it. People would have no shower or toilet, no air conditioner or heater, plus houses would probable have not been air tight or water tight. There would be no place to hide away from summer scorch and winter chill. There was no antibiotics and other drugs. I'd sincerely hope I never became sick. Even there were possibly things that attract modern people, I would not like to swap my time with a medieval person.

Hi dear teachers,

I am wondering what hop on and off means in this context and I would be greatfull if you clarify it to me. I've no idea what the meaning of this phrase would be. Here is the whole sentence.

...one way to see the sights is to hop on and hop off an open-top London bus.

Thank you! Sincerely

Hello andeo,

You can find the answer to this in my response to kristina26.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I would love to see the Warwick castle and the famous London Bridge. We are rich in historical places from old churches, parks and houses. 500 years ago, I suppose my country is very peaceful, people are loving and warm until we've been colonized and war begins and there is no freedom.

It would be great if we could download these videos. I am having some problem with the sound. is it possible to download these videos to watch later?

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