Rob helps us to get good at using good, and looks at how we use the past continuous to talk about plans that go wrong.

Task 1

Remember:

  • People can be good at activities or subjects: 'John is good at football / chemistry.'
  • People can be good with things or people: 'John is good with money / children.'
  • Things can be good for people or things: 'Fruit is good for you / your skin.'

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Task 2

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Good afternoon, everybody.
I wonder if you could answer me..?
I have a doubt to these prepositions.
Kelly was going to go on a skiing holiday next week but she's broken her leg.
I was going to answer lots of emails this morning but the internet's not working.
And my question is that ...internet's not working,, is a short of ..internet has not working?
and...,,she's broken her leg ...is a short for ,, she has broken her leg..?
Thank you.

Hello Adriancatanescu,

These are not prepositions but contractions. Prepositions are words like 'on', 'in', 'with' and so on. Contractions are reduced forms where words are run together and an apostrophe replacing omitted letters.

As you say, '...she's broken her leg' is indeed a contracted form of '...she has broken her leg'. However, 'the internet's not working' is actually 'the internet is not working'. We can see this because we have '-ing' rather than a past participle.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much.

I have a doubt about task 3, item 5.
The police can´t be a singular person, can it? LIke representing a corporation or even being a person?

Hello simone,

In standard British and American English, the word 'police' is always plural and so takes a plural verb. When we want to talk about police as a group, we still use a plural verb.

Having said that, I've heard people say 'a police' (meaning 'a police officer') in one part of the US, but I wouldn't recommend using such a form yourself, as I've neither heard nor read it anywhere else.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, Kirk

Ok. I can understand now.

But if I refer to a person in this case, the correct manner is "police officer" so?

Hello simone,

Yes, that's correct. See the dictionary entry for some examples.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Could someone tell me what Ash says about stephen at 0.7 : it's almost ....

Hello englishnoob,

She says 'He almost made it to the top'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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