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

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This part was so funny. Thank you.

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
Sonia

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,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter!
Best wishes
Sonia

Thank you Peter ,

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

Best wishes ,
iliya_b

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,
iliya_b

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,

 

Peter

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 !!!!

Yeah its really good

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