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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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Intermediate: B1

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Dear Peter
Thank you for your complete explanation. As you mentioned, If we do not know the gender, we can use "they" followed by plural verb. So, in this example should we use:
"an important job that someone believe it is their duty to do"

Hello ahmadnoori,

That is almost correct, but remember that 'someone' always takes a singular verb. Therefore it should be:

an important job that someone believes it is their duty to do

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

In "preparation", I faced some probs with No. 16, as it is "an important job that someone believes it is their duty to do". Why a plural pronoun is used? What about "his", can I use it?

Hello ahmadnoori,

When we do not know the gender of a person in English we have two options. We can say 'he or she', which is a little clumsy, or we can say 'they', which is more common. That is the case here. When we use 'they' in this way the verb is plural, even though we are talking about one person.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I have a question with this sentence "we will try AND help you find a flat", I'm not familiar with that, I would use "we will try TO help you TO find a flat"

Are all the sentences ok? which one should I use? what's the difference?

Thank you and regards,

Hello Blume,

Both your version and the other version are correct. In informal speech and writing, 'and' is used instead of 'to' in this way very frequently, though only with a limited number of verbs such as 'try', 'go' and 'come'. 'help' can be followed by a to-infinitive and also a bare infinitive (the infinitive without 'to'). The latter form is probably a bit more common in American English, but you can hear both forms around the world.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

hi, Peter M! I have found another meaning for" last" is to contineu being good or suitable. Thanks.
But what is means Fadis answer. " I like to keep them keen!" I suppose that girl don t intrested to him in two weeks??

Hi Mirgorod,

I think you can probably find this in the dictionary too - please check there before asking in the comments as it's always better to work out the answer yourself, because then it is much easier to remember.

The meaning here is 'I like to make sure their enthusiasm (for me) does not disappear'.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I don´t understand the grammar from this sentesce " And they only ever last for two weeks"? why it is mean that Fadi hasn´t a girlfriend for more than two weeks?

Hi Mirgorod,

'Last can have several meanings. Look up 'last' in our online dictionary (on the right of the page) and take a look at the meanings. Can you see which meaning is correct here?

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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