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Episode 04: We have a mission!

Sarah will be kicked out of her flat soon and so everyone is on a mission… 

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello GRU,

'take somebody up on their offer' means to accept their offer. 'matter' means to be important, so what Fadi means is that if Olivia doesn't give Harry work, it won't be important because Fadi will give him work.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi LearnEnglish Team,
I want to understand why Fadi finishes his comment about Harry with a "is he?" Has this expression a mean?

Hi adrianarb,

The phrase 'is he?' in Fadi's sentence is an example of a tag question, and you can read about these on this page and in the Language Focus section of this episode of Word on the Street.

Usually tag questions are the opposite form to the rest of the sentence, so if the sentence is positive then the question is negative and vice versa:

He is a teacher, isn't he?

He went to the theatre agree, did he?

However, when we are repeating something we have just heard then sometimes the same form is used:

He is a teacher, is he?

He went to the theatre, did he?


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

hi.. i cant understand this...

Magda: ''Olivia wants Harry to set up a website for her, but he’s asked for loads of money!''

''BUT HE'S ASKED?'' - is this correct? or were having some typo error? hehe i dont know. coz im thinking this should be like ''BUT HE'S ASKING FOR LOADS OF MONEY'' or ''BUT HE ASKED FOR LOADS OF MONEY''// im just confused why in the transcript it's (but HE'S asked?''


Hi FrancheskaFLY,

The form here is 'he has asked' and it is correct. The present perfect tells us in this context that Olivia has not decided yet whether or not she will accept Harry's offer. Compare:

...but he asked for loads of money [the offer was rejected]

...but he has asked for loads of money [the offer is still current and Olivia has not decided]

...but he is asking for loads of money [negotiations are continuing]


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Excuse me, I can't listen to the audio, is there any problem ?


I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems with the audio. I have checked and it is working correctly, so I can only assume that it is a compatibility issue with your device or system. You could try downloading the audio (using the .mp3 link on the page) or you could try accessing the page via a different device to see if that helps solve the problem.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter, I'm going to try.

Hi everybody!!
Could somebody tell me why i can not see the dictionary ?
in which section is it?
Many thanks :D

Hi Ma. Luisa,

We are aware that there is a problem with the dictionary at the moment and we are currently working on it. We hope to have it fixed soon.


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The LearnEnglish Team