Art Scene 1


At an art market, Ash and Stephen find themselves in an argument about who is the better artist. They decide to have a competition, but first they need to find out what art is.

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Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Are there open-air art markets in your country?
  • Do you have any artistic talents?
  • What do you think makes for good art?

Now watch to find out how Ashlie and Stephen get into their fight.



what does this expression mean "don't be gone too long"


It means the same as 'come back soon'.

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Good evening guys. I need your help. 1)" it's a pile of junk to me". Would that be the same if I wrote " it's a pile of junk FOR me" ? Are TO and FOR interchangeable in this case?. Thanks a lot

I have got an idea that could( make us) some money
If this sentence is incomplete

I'm off to find some art for my flat
What's the meaningof (off)

there's lots of people, why they used is not are

Hi monaia,

I'm going to answer all three of your questions here. First, this one: in informal speaking, often there is used with plural nouns even though, as you point out, there are should be used. This is quite common, though not necessarily something I'd recommend you imitate.

to be off is a colloquial way of saying to leave, so Ashlie means she's going out. 'I've got an idea that could make us some money' is a complete sentence. Starting from that, it's a relative clause referring to idea. Ashlie means that she has an idea, and that idea could make them some money. make them some money means that the idea will result in Stephen and Ashlie getting some money.

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Why Stephen said "You’re going to be giving all your money to me" not "You're going to give all your money to me" ???

Hello Van241,

Stephen could have said either sentence; both are possible in this context. We can use a future continuous form [will be +verbing / going to be + verbing] to emphasise an expected consequence or result in the future, especially in informal language and particularly when we are warning someone about something.  For example:

Look at those clouds!  If you go out now you're going to be getting wet later!

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