Rob talks to Ashlie about a range of uses of the verb get.

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When is Isa due ? What does that means ?

Hello STEPHANE ROTH,

When we say that something is due we are talking about when it is expected or should be here. For example, we might say that a train is due at a certain time (according to the timetable). We can say the same thing about people:

Peter is due to arrive at 11.00.

Peter is due at 11.00.

 

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Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

So why it's said in task 3 'she's getting to big' what is the link ?

Hello STEPHANE ROTH,

In this context 'When is Isabelle due?' has a particular meaning. It means that Isabelle is pregnant and the question is asking when the baby is expected. That is why the comment is 'She is getting really big' - because she is nearly at the end of her pregnancy!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much indeed

Hi there,

I'd like to clarify why we can't use 'have got' for
'I have difficulty speaking in English'. Based on the explanation given, 'have got' can only be used for things and not action. The use here seems to refer to things not actions, so I'm confused as to why it cannot be used.

Thanks!

Hello gerry_james,

'Speaking' here is an action, even though it is a noun (gerund), grammatically speaking. Compare the following::

I have difficulty speaking in English. - OK

I have got difficulty speaking in English. - not OK

I have problems in English. - OK

I have got problems in English. - OK

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

'three job interviews' is an action, why can we use 'have got' ?

Hello STEPHANE ROTH,

The phrase 'three job interviews' here is a normal noun phrase, describing a thing, not an action as referred to in the last answer. It is similar to 'three weddings', 'three meetings' or 'three football matches', all of which we can use with 'have got'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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