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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Hi The LearnEnglish Team,
I want to ask a question. Why did Stephen say "So this is art, is it?". Is it a tag question? If it is, it must be "So this is art, isn't it?", right?. Please explain it for me.
Thank you very much.

Hello Linh,

Although it's true that question tags are usually taught as being negative if the statement is affirmative, and affirmative if the statement is negative, question tags like the one Stephen uses here are also fairly common. In this case, they are used to express interest or surprise in something the other person has just said. Here Stephen is expressing surprise or even doubt about the idea that what he sees is art.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much, Kirk.
I got it.

Best wishes for you,
Linh

In the transcript, Pete said:There’s lots of people buying things. The verb used in this sentence is "is", why not 'are' ? I am a bit confused.

Hello Kevin,

In informal speaking, sometimes people say 'there is' instead of 'there are'. I wouldn't recommend that you speak this way, but it's great that you noticed this!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I didn't understand what does " Typical, Ash " mean. When Stephen answered Ash's question " What about this, Stephen? "
I have tried to looking the mean but failed, I hope admin will help me.
Best wishes.

Hello lechaua,

If you look up 'typical' in the Cambridge Dictionary and you can find the meaning used here in the second entry (where it says 'DISAPPROVING'). Stephen thinks that Ash's choices are very often impractical, including the choice she's just made.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much, you and also the team are doing great jobs to help all people over in the world improving their English. About me, I finally found the best way to learn English in this useful website.
Best wishes.
lechaua

Great market, good way to live with his own art !

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