Modern-day authors cast their own spells, too, and Richard visits a very magical place to find out about contemporary English writers.

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Which is the best summary of the video?

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Watch the video again, and choose the best answer.

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Task 3

Drag and drop the words to complete the sentences.

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Task 4

Complete the paragraph about Philip Pullman by typing the missing words into the spaces.

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Hello Team.
Help me with this, please.
In the Task IV :
" For the past forty years, Philip Pullman [has enchanted] young people with his fantasy novels. He [has written] over twenty children's novels, but [is] best known for his trilogy, his Dark Materials, which [has sold] over fifteen million copies to date.
My question is ; Don't you think the last essay will be appropriate in passive form?
" which [has been sold] over fifteen million copies to date".
Is my opinion wrong?

Hello Nizam,

I'm afraid the version of the sentence you suggest is not correct, but if you really wanted to use a passive form you could say '15m copies have been sold to date'. In any case, I can see how the sentence from the video must look strange to you, but it actually is correct. The verb 'sell' (see the second definition in the first entry) can be used intransitively, and that is how it is used here. 

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I think that Harry Poter is so good because all the story happens in a parallel world, where i can see a mixture of fantasy and reality. These kind of story activate our imagination and brings more pleasure on the reading.
I think that i couldn't write a novel, because i am better with numbers than words.

Hello :)
I would like to know if the best French translation about " sit on the edge of their seats" would be "coller au siège"? I thought the way of these expressions are a bit different but have the same idea...is it right? or wrong?...

Hello gacir,

I'm afraid that this is a service we don't provide. In any case, there is no-one currently on our team who knows French well enough to help you with this. You might want to consider the Cambridge English-French Dictionary, which might have some useful examples in it for you.

Good luck!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Oh! sorry...I think i was wrong, "sit on the edge of their seats" means "excited". I thought in French about something like "blown away"...
Thank you. :)

gacir.

hello guys, i'm here! I am a big fan of harry poter books and i'd like to visit all places you showed here. I think its amaizing to travel around Britain with your team and take interviews with realy interesting pesons. Thanks so much

AS to me, Harry Potter is fantastic, such a great story caught people all over the world having one and only aim - to get a LETTER from Hogwarts.
Unfortunately I am not familiar with other books/writers mentioned in this short video. Maybe one day I'll read them.
And maybe I will write something one day...who knows.

To tell the truth, I’m not a big fan of Harry Potter and it’s probably because I’ve never seen any movies or read any books featuring this character. I’m just not a big fan of fantasy although I really like to watch it in a movie theater. ‘Lord of the rings’ is one of my favourites so far.
Actually, I like to write from time to time and have written a few short stories already. I expressed some of my thoughts and attitudes towards a few particular subjects, using fiction characters and situations to did so. Not all of my friends are lucky enough to escape from me insisting on their feedbacks as a readers :)
The process of writing is hardly ever the easy one. But, as for me, I really like it and hope that it’ll become my profession, or at least a part-time job, one day.

Hello, The LearnEnglish Team.
According to the video there is an unnecessary 'I think' phrase in this sentence:
"Amanda: I think above all, I think she's reminded the world that the British are great storytellers. " (Transcript)
All the best,
Dima

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