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.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to the Tasks and do the activities. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Preparation

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.

Tasks

Comments

Hello there,

In this video pete says 'There is lots of people....'Can we use 'is' with plural.lots of people means plural i guess.so i think it comes like this.'There are lots of people....' Please help me with this thing.

Thank you.

Hello naaka,

You are right that the correct form should be 'there are lots of...' and not 'there is lots of...'. However, non-standard forms such as this are quite common in many dialects and varieties of English, and this is an example.

In our videos we try to present natural and authentic language as it is really used (since this is the language which you will come across outside of the classroom, of course). That means that you will find examples like this, and you can hear how people really speak, including non-standard form.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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

Hello,

It means the same as 'come back soon'.

Best wishes,

Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

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

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

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

Hi
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.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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