Stephen decides he’s going to fix up an old banger and gets Ashlie to help him. There’s just one small problem ...

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Hi Team.
"Come on, Ashlie. Let's get started."
Why does it use started not start?
Could you please explain?
Thank you.

Hello Nizam,

The key here is that Stephen says 'get started' (not just 'started'). 'get started' means the same as 'start'; the verb in 'get started' is 'get', which is in the base form here. Stephen could have said 'Let's start' as well, but 'get started' is more common in informal situations.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I can get at least 80% corect tasks, however I can't catch up the clip. what sould i do?

Hello lenhu,

You should keep practising! However, remember that it is normal to not understand absolutely everything we hear, even in our own language. A key skill to listening is to be able to understand the message which is being communicated even if we do not catch every word - this is something you must do when you are communicating normally in the real world, so it is good practice for you to try to cope in this way.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

People buy second-hand cars when they are on vacation in another country or when their car broke down. Old cars break down more than new ones.

It seems Ashlie unlike Stephen is quite well-off girl. She drove Mitsubishi SUV in Snowden, Mini in Oxford, VW in Education and Chevrolet in Farming!

Hello LearnEnglish Team!
I read in English textbook that Past continuous tense is used in three cases:
1. When one action occured in the middle of other action.
2. When two actions occured at the same time.
3. When action occured at specific time in the past.
So, I can't understand what of these cases Stephen's phrase "I was thinking" is related to? Could you explain it?

Can we say "i was thinking", "i am thinking" or "i am considering" in English? I believe that the verb "think" and "consider" are not used in continuous tense. Am i right? Or there is an exception that i do not know?

Hello tamori,

It's true that the present continuous tends not to be used with stative verbs, but you can use verbs like 'think' and 'consider' in a continuous tense when you want to talk about your thought process or emphasise a change in thought or consideration. When Stephen says 'I was thinking', he's indicating that he's had a new idea and wants to share it with Ashlie.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

Hello krig,

Continuous forms are used in similar ways whether with past, present or future time reference. Just as we would say 'I've been thinking...' meaning 'I've been considering' and 'I'm thinking...' meaning 'I'm considering...', so in the past we say 'I was thinking...'.

Compare these two sentences:

I thought about it.

I was thinking about it.

The first (simple past) suggests that the process of thinking was completed: I started to think about it and I finished thinking about it.

The second (past continuous) suggests a process which is not necessarily complete - the person has not come to a definitive conclusion, and may think some more about it.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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