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

Dear Team Leader,

I don't feel comfortable with the following sentence:

So Peter was not imagining and we have all seen the monster.

Am I right to say the word 'things' should follow 'imagining', or is the sentence fine?

Thanks for your help and clarification,

Yours sincerely,

Chen Laifa

Hello Chen Laifa,

Yes, you're right - 'imagine' is a transitive verb and therefore must have an object. The word 'things' is often used in sentences such as the one you ask about for this very reason.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hello sir,,,,i have a question to u.......i+should be+verb past.....mean what.....will it be passive....like, i should be explained....sm1 should explain me........and another is......i should be scared.....is it passive too...pls help me out about (i+u) +should be+ pasr verb with example...pls

Hello maxmamun,

'should be' could be part of a passive form if it is followed by a past participle. It can also be, however, simply 'be + adjective'. For example, in 'I should be respected', 'respected' is a past participle and therefore it is a passive form; but in 'I should be delighted', 'delighted' is an adjective - there is no passive form. There is no easy way to tell if a word ending in -ed can be be adjective in addition to a past participle, but if you look it up in a good dictionary, it should tell you.

I hope this helps you!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Can you explain why 'loads of tourists' is used with 'there is' instead of 'there are' in the sentence 'There's always loads of tourists round there'. Thanks a lot

Hello mytiendinh1810,

This is a very common non-standard form, especially in spoken English. Although, grammatically speaking, we should say 'There are loads of...', 'There are lots of...' and so on, in common use 'There is...' is probably at least as popular.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir,
'Get here as quick as you can' - Is it wrong ? Because I think we should use adverb 'quickly': Get here as quickly as you can.
And according to trancript, it says 'We had it with us all along. Poor Ashlie' when the phone is ringing, but I just hear Stephen say that 'We had it all along' without saying 'with us'. So I don't know whether I'm right
Thanks

Hello mytiendinh1810,

Although there is no entry on this in our dictionary, I can assure you that 'quick' is commonly used as both an adjective and adverb in informal English. It's probably a better idea for non-native speakers to say 'quickly', but 'quick' is acceptable in appropriate situations.

Regarding the transcript, you're right, Stephen doesn't say 'with us'. I've fixed this - thanks very much for your help!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello mytiendinh1810,

That really depends on the register of the text that you're writing. I'd recommend that you use 'quickly' unless it's very clear that the text you are writing is informal (e.g. an email to a friend).

Good luck!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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