It's party time for Ashlie and Stephen - but which costumes to choose?




Task 2 is very difficult for me, I can't remember exactly what I saw in the videos.

Do you have any tips to doing this task?


Hello Rama,

I'd suggest you watch the video at least twice, and preferably three or four times. The last time or two that you watch it, read the transcript (press on the word Transcript below the Tasks) as you watch it. That should enable you to complete most of Task 2. If there are still words you don't know, search for them in the transcript.

In general, you will get a lot more out of these videos and our podcasts if you listen or watch to them more than once. As you read the transcripts, notice words and phrases that are new or useful and study them. This will help you learn much more.

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Hi Team.
Help me with these, please..
1. It's party time for Ashlie and Stephen, but which costumes to choose?
Why is it " to choose" not " to be chosen" ? I mean, Souldn't it be passive voice?
2. In the video time code 2:40, Ashlie says:
Are you sure you're reading the instructions properly?
Why does Ashlie say in the present continuous tense? In fact, they aren't reading at the moment, they're practicing. Shouldn't it be present perfect?
" Are you sure you've read the instructions properly "?
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you.

Hello Nizam,

Regarding 1, it's Ashlie and Stephen who are going to choose, so I'd say an active infinitive is more appropriate than a passive one.

As for 2, you could use the present perfect in this situation and that would be fine, but the present continuous is also fine because it can be used to refer to events around the present moment. In addition, consider that Stephen just complained about the tricks not working (in the present continuous), so Ashlie's response goes in line with that.

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In Hallowe'en traditions, people wear costumes and try to frighten their friends. Others try to make magic tricks. They have a Hallowe'en party together.
Children in costumes come to ask for candies saying "Trick or treats".
I can't do any magic tricks.

Thank you for the answer.
Can you please help with the another part of this question; There is famous Hollywood sign which IS STANDING or STANDS above the hill.
We normally say e.g. The earth GOES round the sun. If you say something is going round another. It means it is probably temporary. So from this point of view STANDS seems right. Am I quite right?

Hello Must,

I would agree that the simple form is most appropriate in these examples. The progressive form is possible and might be used when you want, for some reason, to emphasise that it is an ongoing process. For example, you might say that the sign 'is still standing' after an earthquake, or say that the Earth 'is going' around the Sun at this very moment.


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Actually both answers seem right depending on what you want to say. If we consider it exactly for that tear then it's - was having otherwise had is possible.
Thank you.

thank you for the answer.
I think it must be: was having and is standing.
Actually I work as a teacher, but since it s not my native sometimes we can't be sure.
Thank you for the help.

Hello Must,

That's right, both 'was having' and 'had' are possible in that context. 'had' is a more general statement, and 'was having' emphasises that the problem was occurring at that time. In the end, it's no real difference in meaning, just a difference in the way you think about it.

Thanks for explaining your position. Still, it's really helpful if you explain what you think about each question you ask, as this helps us answer more effectively. By the way, as a teacher, you might want to check out our sister site, TeachingEnglish.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team