Christmas Scene 1

 

Ashlie and Stephen are getting ready for Christmas. They need to buy presents and decorate the tree, but there's still time for a bit of ice-skating...

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Hello,

"I thought we were going Christmas shopping.not ice skating." Here why they used past form to say it.I mean can't we say it in present form.
"I thought we are going Christmas shopping.not ice skating."
Could you explain this one and tell me a grammar lesson to study here about it.

Thank you.

Hello naaka,

The past form is used here because they are talking about the plan, not the current activity. You can paraphrase it as 'I thought that the idea was/the plan was/the intention was to go...'

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,

'We were going shopping.' In this sentence we don't use 'to' after 'going.' But in some times we use 'to'. As an example 'we were going to church.' Could you explain this for me.

Thank you.

Hello naaka,

Certain activities collocate with the verb 'go', such as 'go swimming', 'go shopping', 'go swimming', 'go cycling', 'go dancing' etc. Your first sentence is an example of this with the verb in the past continuous form ('were going').

Your second sentence is an example of 'go' as a verb meaning to move, plus the preposition 'to':

We were going to church.

We were going to the shop.

We were going to the park.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

This video is so fun and great. Thanks a lot for sharing. Wish you Merry Christmas

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Kirk
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I cant watch the video. I also clicked on "Can't see video? Click here!", but I cant watch it.
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