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Episode 08

Emily thinks Carolina should go and see Jamie's band play, but Carolina doesn't want to lie to her boss. Jo and Adam talk about the difference between 'good evening' and 'good night'.

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Leave a comment below!

  • Have you ever said that you were sick so that you could miss work or school? Did your boss, teacher or parents find out?
  • Or maybe you think it's better to tell the truth, like Carolina did. Please write and tell us!

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hi Zara!

I think "Have you been ..." is the correct one. "been" is the past participle form of am/is/are and "being" is the present continues form of them. So you must use "been" when you are using present perfect .


I am not a good liar. most of the time I fail in lying, especially to my mom.

I hope you all fine.
I believe that telling the truth is the best thing we do to our friends, our boss, to every one.
We have to tell the truth. Sometimes he/she thinks the lies can over come the problems but that is not true. The truth is the winner at the end and there are many stories tell that.
best regards
Abdullah Bahomaid

Lies!! Ermm I think I am a good liar when i tell lies nobody finds out but I don't lie too often. I'd rather to tell the truth but if it just a little white lie like your friend's new hair style or something then I do lie....

few times i lie at my work when i have to take leave due to personal personal reason. I know its better to tell truth but sometimes its required to speak lie.

I used to tell lies when I was a child but honestly, I have never said that I am sick to anyone to avoid a punishment or something.

Could any body tell me how, we can use have with can or it is impossible to use have with can?
I tried to find it but couldn't find it over here.Please somebody do it for me and please explain its use to me.
Mandeep Kaur

Hello Mandeep Kaur,

'can have' can be used to in a sentence like 'You can have another sweet', but is not used to indicate the past. The one exception to this is 'can't have' is sometimes used this way, but never 'can have'. You can see an explanation of how 'have' is used this way with some modal verbs on our modals + have page. You might also want to look at our can, could and could have page.

By the way, please avoid using ALL CAPITAL LETTERS when you write messages. It sounds like you're angry or shouting when you do that, which I hope is not how you feel!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I think I'm terrible lair, because every time i try to lie on my friend they find out .
so I really think say the truth it's always better then lying .

you might sometimes feel you need to tell a lie to get over something or out of a bad o embarrassing situation, but i think it is always better to tell the truth because it build the truth between people. and if it happened and someone realized that you lied he/she will never trust you again .. therefore, I think telling the truth is necessary for trustworthy career and life in general