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Bestival Scene 2

Ashlie and Stephen spend the day at the festival and Stephen meets a travelling theatre group.

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.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello ! I have a question to Mr. Peter M
In your reply of 28.08. you wrote : I hope that clarifies it for you .
Why did you use 'clarifies' instead of 'clarified' ?
Thank you .


It would be OK to say 'clarified' as well, but I think Peter uses 'clarifies' to imply that his explanation is something that is active in the reader's mind.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team


In question 6 of Task 2, there's a sentence, "Their camper van won't start". 'Won't', I thought, was used to refer to future. Why did we not use 'Their car DIDN'T start' instead of won't? And, why is 'won't' used there?

Hello Adtyagrwl,

'Won't' often refers to the future but it can also be used for refusal. In English we often talk about inanimate objects that are broken as refusing to work, and that is the use here:

'Their car won't work' = 'Their car refuses to work'.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

I would need clarification on one more thing, Sir. Can we use "won't" when we are talking about past?
For example: "I tried to pick you up from the airport but the car won't start"

It surely clarifies and is a useful expression. Thanks!


I've 2 questions about grammar:
- Why did you used "Past simple" in the sentence "we forgot the sugar" rather "Present Perfect"
- Why did you used "Future" in the sentence "It won't start!!" rather "Present"
Thanks in advance

Hello Daniel,

In many situations the speaker can choose from a number of different possible verb forms.  For example, all of the following would be correct:

We forgot the sugar.

We have forgotten the sugar.

I won't start.

It isn't going to start.

It's not starting.

There are small differences in emphasis which the speaker can choose, but all of the above are quite appropriate to the situations.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team