Transport and Travel Scene 1

 

Stephen's friend comes to London and Ashlie and Stephen show him around.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Preparation

Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • What do you do if you go on a ‘tour of the city’?
  • What kind of things do you like to do when you visit a place on holiday?

Watch Stephen and Ashlie welcome their friend Jazz to London.

Tasks

Comments

Hello,

At time code (02:38), Jazz says, 'Is the traffic always this bad?'. The use of 'this' here looks odd. May I know this grammar please?

Hello,

In that sentence 'this' is being used as an adverb - have a look at the entry for 'this' in our online dictionary at the right hand side of the page.

Best wishes,

Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Adam. Can I rephrase it, like, "Is the traffic always bad like this", please?

Hello again,

Yes, you can. You could also say 'Is the traffic always so bad?'

Best wishes,

Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi mates ! Maybe it's a corny question….. Why did Jazz says : "What is this place called ?" instead of "How is this places called". Thank you in advance.

Hello apc,

In English we do not use 'how' in this question. It is always 'What is... called?' In this respect English is different from many other languages.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi...in that clip of a video when Ash lost her bag Stephen asked her..'did you have it with you on the train'? then AShy replied yes your right I had it with me on the train....my question is if Stephen could ask in this way 'Did you have it on the train' and Ashy could repl yes i had it on the train would the question be the same or not? and if not what is the difference btn the two questions?

Hi MamaAisha,

The two questions are almost exactly the same in meaning. I think Stephen is just emphasising the idea of the bag being with Ashlie, perhaps next to her as opposed to on the luggage rack. However, they really do mean almost the same.

Best wishes,

Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I hope you are fine , I watched the video and I don't understand some of the grammar sush as l had it with me on the train . So please help me .

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