Amandeep investigates the sometimes difficult relationship between Britain and Europe and hears from people on both sides of the Channel.

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Hi there,

I heard that the man 2 said: "I would like to see the UK go down the line of joining the euro".
Is there a grammar mistake in here? I think It should have been "going down" instead of "go down".
Would you mind explaining this point?
Thank you in advance!

Hello NGAPHAN,

Both 'go down' and 'going down' are possible here. Generally, when talking about something we would like to happen in the future which has not begun then the form used is:

see + object + base form

see something happen

I'd like to see John try to do it. [John has not started to do it]

 

When we are talking about something in progress (now or in the future) we use an -ing form:

see + object + -ing form

see something happening

I'd like to see John trying to do it. [I'm imagining John in the middle of the attempt]

 

The first of these imagines a future act. We might say this when we are thinking about whether it would be a success or not. The second imagines the act in progress. We might say this when we are imagining how the person would look during the attempt.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

thank you so much

I love the words sense of independence

Hi Sirs,
could you explain me this grammar question, please:
Amandeep says 'Britain’s traditional sense of independence remains strong'.
It shouldn't be 'remains to be strong', should it? Or is to be just used with to appear and to seem

Hello VCha,

'remains strong' is correct. A to-infinitive can be used after 'remain' when speaking about something that hasn't yet happened -- see the dictonary entry for a couple example sentences.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

This i's great documentary about the relation between two countries.

In my opinion, people do, but not politicians because of brexit.
Great Britain is an island, therefore they have an Island spirit. But most of British people I met had a very open mind.
That Island is closed to Europe, so I think It's part of Europe.

Hi Eveyone! I really impressed with this video. I did not know about the resistence of Britains to take part of European Union.

I think they get on with each other
Yes, If we look at the map Britain is in Europe and Britain has got important roles for Europe
In Europe, they use Euro but in England, they use Pound

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