Flathunting Scene 2

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Now Ashlie has found her new flat, there's only the packing, moving, cleaning and unpacking to do. What could possibly go wrong?


Stephen: Here’s another box for you, Ash.

Ashlie: Thanks, Stephen. I can’t believe how much stuff I’ve got! I’ve filled all these boxes already.

Stephen: Do you want a hand?

Ashlie:  Yes, please. Here you go.

Stephen: Ashlie’s moving into her new flat today.

Ashlie: It’s going to be the perfect place to live. But first I’ve got to finish packing.

Stephen: Ash, are you really keeping this?

Ashlie: Of course I am. It was Grandma’s. It reminds me of her.

Stephen: OK, but you can’t keep everything. There’s a lot of rubbish here.

Ashlie: I'm not taking everything. I'm getting rid of lots of stuff.

Stephen: What shall I do with this?

Ashlie: Ah, OK - that’s rubbish.

Stephen: And this? Rubbish?

Ashlie: Ah, wait! That’s Annabel, I told you. I’ve had her since I was six. Look, if you want to make yourself useful, you can take the boxes down to the van.

Stephen: Alright, alright… This is really heavy. You’ve definitely got too much stuff! 


Ashlie: Great! That’s it. All packed up.

Stephen: Shall we go?

Ashlie:  You go on ahead. I’m going to clean up this place, but I’ll meet you at the new flat later.

Stephen: OK. Oh, Pete’s coming over to give us a hand to unload boxes.

Ashlie: Great. Oh, will you get rid of those boxes of rubbish on the way?

Stephen: Sure. See you later.

Ashlie: Great. Thank you. See you.


Stephen: Hi, Pete.

Pete: Hi, Stephen.

Stephen: Here, help me with this box.

Pete: OK... Wow, that’s heavy. What’s she got in here?

Stephen: Phew, that’s it! My sister’s got too much stuff! Listen, I need your help with a housewarming gift for Ashlie’s new flat.

Pete: That’s nice. What sort of housewarming gift?

Stephen: I want to surprise Ashlie. I want to make this chair look really nice for her new flat.

Pete: OK.

Stephen: There’s some paint and paintbrushes in that box there.

Pete: That’s a great idea; it does look a bit old. I’ll get the paint... Stephen, are you sure Ashlie’s going to like this colour?

Stephen: What? Oh no, Ashlie’s going to kill me! She hates pink. I thought that was white paint. 

Ashlie: Oh hiya, Pete. Hi, Stephen. How’s it going?

Pete: Hi, Ash.

Stephen: Oh hi, Ash. Yeah, great. Look, we've brought in all the boxes.

Ashlie: Thanks, guys. So what do you think of my new flat, Pete? I think my antique furniture is going to look great in here.

Pete: Yeah… er… antiques!  I’m sure they’ll look great.

Ashlie: It was really kind of you to come and help. And Stephen, you've done a great job too!

Pete: Yeah… er, I think I’m going to go now.

Ashlie: Right. Er, Stephen, what's this? These were the boxes you were supposed to get rid of.

Stephen: Oh no! I'm sure I got rid of all the boxes with rubbish...

Ashlie: Stephen, where is my stuff? Where are those boxes? Where’s my doll, Annabel? Ah, Stephen, where’s my stuff? Er... and what have you done to my chair?


Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Have you ever moved house?
  • How many boxes would you fill if you had to put everything you owned into them?

Now watch to find out how helpful Stephen is.



Can you put the sentences in the right order?




Hi teacher,
Stephen says "I want to make this chair look really nice for her new flat ". Is "make" working as a causative verb?. Why doesn't "look" end with a "s"?
Thanks a lot

Hi Sonia,

Yes, 'make' here is a causative verb, and that is why there is no 's' on the end of 'look'. The structure is [make something + verb] with the verb in the infinitive; hence 'look' not 'looks'.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter ,

You've thoroughly explained the problem , as you always do .
Thank you very much indeed .

Best wishes ,

Hello Teachers ,

here , at the end of the episide Ashlie says : Right . Er , Stephen , what's this ? These were the boxes you were supposed to get rid of .
Why does Ashlie use WERE ? I think as the boxes are in the room at the moment when she says so , she should use ARE .... or I'm wrong ?

Thank you',

Best regards,

Hello iliya_b,

You are correct here. Strictly, Ashlie should use a present form and say 'are'. However, natural spoken language often contains these kinds of slips and changes - not only in English. I'm sure if you think about how you use your own language then you'll recognise that slips, hesitation, false starts, mistakes and so on are all quite common. The audio materials on LearnEnglish are designed to be good examples of natural English rather than scripted artificial English - and this kind of example is proof of that!

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

I’ve filled all these boxes already (said Ash). Is it possible to place already between I've and filled : I'v already filled ? thank you !!!!

Hello apc -

Yes, that's perfectly fine!


The LearnEnglish Team

hello , Nice video. interesting !!. still, it's the thought that counts . he wants to make a surprise gift for her even though everything had messed out. In Egypt we have the same custom of giving a nice present to our friends when they move into a new flat . Actually I am so organized person and i will get upset if what happens to Ashely happens to me. I can't stand loosing any of my stuff. Oh poor Ashely !!! .