Stephen and Ashlie arrive at the hotel in Snowdonia, but they don't have the same idea about how to relax!

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Task 1

Comprehension Task

What did you learn about Snowdonia?

Choose the best answer to these questions.

Exercise

Task 2

Comprehension Task 2

Read the statements about Stephen and Ashlie and decide if they are true or false.

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Intermediate: B1

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Hi, All
I don't understand about sentence:"Have a complete rest a couple of days"
-A complete rest?what does that mean?
What is different between: Get out and go out,
When we use relax and relaxing?
I'm going to get changed-> changed is noun not Verb, it is right?
Thanks

Hi Nguyen thi Hai Huyen,

The phrase in the text is have a complete rest for a couple of days. A complete rest means to do nothing: no strenuous activity, no stress and no work. Stephen says "You speak for yourself" because he does not want a complete rest - he wants to be active and to go up the mountain.

Get out and go out can be used in different ways in different contexts. You can find examples in any good dictionary:

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/get-out

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/go-out

If you have a particular example then we can comment, of course.

 

Relax is a verb. Relaxing is an -ing form which could be a participle, a gerund or an adjective. They are used as any of these types of words are used, in accordance with the grammar system of the language. There is nothing special about the words relax and relaxing to make them different from any other words of these types.

In the phrase get changed we have get + a past participle, so changed is a verb form. The construction shows a change of some kind and is quite common in English: get married, get changed, get divorced, get fired, get hired, get promoted etc.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I prefer outdoor activities so probably I would like to climb,to walk or to do samething elese but obviesouly outdoor.So I think I would spend my free time in North Wales just like
Stephen do.Some different forms of relax is listening to the music or reading books and
I would do it probably every evening.

hello,
i usually come across with some types of structures like"a variety of,too great a variety of,a great variety of".sometimes it takes singular verb and sometimes plural verb.
is any definite rule about it whether it takes singular of plural veb.
i checked it in oxford dictionary .it says when a is preceded before variety,it takes plural verb.
please give me suitable advice.
thanks.

Hello Baahubali,

Quantifiers such as a lot of can be followed by either singular uncount nouns or plural count nouns. The verb matches the noun:

There is a lot of money on the table. ['money' is singular so the verb 'is' is singular]

There are a lot of apples on the table. ['apples' is plural so the verb 'are' is plural]

 

The quantifier a great variety of can only be used with plural count nouns and so the verb is always plural. It is similar to other quantifiers such as a great number of.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello,
sir
if there is any rule about it whether we change principal clause or we change subordinate clause to correct whole sentence.if i see it written down somewhere then how would i know whether he is talking about future or past.
thanks.

Hello Baahubali,

The important thing is that the time references and verbs forms in the clauses are consistent. If they are inconsistent then you can change either to make the sentence grammatical.

The context may make it clear what the speaker/writer intended, but if it does not then you need to ask the speaker/writer directly and find out what it is they wanted to say.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello
is it right to say "one and a half hours" or
"one hour and a half".
"two mangoes and a half" or "two and a half mangoes".
thanks.
which is preferable or right?

Hello Baahubali,

Both formulations are possible..

For hours I think the first formulation ('one and a half hours') is most common. For other things the second formulation is more typical.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello
seek your advice
"you need not tell a lie when the judge asked you where you were when the crime was committed."
i'm confused whether i should change "asked to ask"or "need not to need not have".
tell me which is preferable?

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