Camden Scene 2 - Language Focus

 

Rob talks about the sort of questions people ask when they go clothes shopping.

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Hi, can any one help me with the meaning of this sentence: " Sticking their necks out for scientific research." It is a sentence in short video about the secret of giraffes' long necks. In my opinion, it is not a complete sentence, but in the transcript on the video, it is written like that. Anyway, it is taken from the official BBC youtube channel, so I think it cannot be incorrect. Please help me with the meaning and grammar as well. Thank you so much

Hi nguyenphuongvy,

To 'stick your neck out' means to take a risk, so the idea here is that the giraffes have furthered scientific research by being subjects of this study, and of course this is supposed to be a bit humorous since giraffes have no choice but to stick their necks out.

You're right when you say this is not a complete sentence, but especially in speaking, incomplete sentences are not at all uncommon. This one, for example, could be used to introduce the programme.

I hope this helps you understand it better.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Surely I could do shopping everywhere , even in London.
For I have learned some current shopping expressions.

oh thank you, you guys doing an awesome job .....we are learning gradually ....
your way of teaching is vogues
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Thanks Paula, its also a useful information for me..I tried a lot to improve my writing skills.but there is no body to check my topic.how can i come to know my mistakes?

Hi,
Thank you very much for this. It is very important to speak daily english and word on the steet is very efficiently job.

I will be very grateful to any one accept to chat with me in English to imrpove my skills in listening and speaking English

Hi yihiamusbah,

Please see my response to your other comment.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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