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Episode 06: He's a pest!

Joe the 4-year-old nephew - is he a pest or just a sweet little boy?

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.


Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


Everybody has some pest relative in their own family.
Thanks for the exercise.
Great site!.

May I ask a question, please?
I didn’t know you were Aunt Olivia!
Shouldn't he say :
I didn’t know you are Aunt Olivia!
Cause she still is an aunt.

Hello corfiz,

In indirect speech like this when something is still true it is grammatically possible to use the past form or the present form. However, in modern usage we tend to prefer the past form when the sentence begins

I didn't know...

It's really a question of convention rather than grammar. I didn't know you are... is not wrong, but it does not quite sound right in terms of common usage.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello LearnEnglish Team,

In the Activity 2, sentence 5, I don’t understand a answer: “Fadi uncle has agreed to pay MORE THAN two thousand pounds.
In my opinion Fadi’s uncle wants to pay exactly two thousand pounds. (When Fadi says: “That’s our top limit.”).

Thank you,

Hello thiagocrvg,

If you look a little later in the transcript you'll see that Fadi says something else:

We can go a bit higher actually...I was just trying to be a tough negotiator.


So, Fadi's uncle has agreed to pay more than £2000, and Fadi was just pretending that £2000 was his limit as a negotiating tactic.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello ,LearnEnglish team
Greetings of the day !!

I've few queries or doubts for sentence formation.
I'm posting them here. If I'm not allowed to ask queries which are not related to audios here please feel free to remove this post.

query -
providing them 'with' the convenience or providing them 'the' convenience

providing them 'with' the knowledge or providing them knowledge
is there any difference in the meaning if we use 'with'.

Thanks and regards

Hello HelloAshu,

There are quite a few different patterns with the verb 'provide'. You can see them in the dictionary entry (follow the link) and in the 'more meanings of provide' section on the right side of the page I linked to. It's difficult to say for sure without knowing more about the context, but I'd use 'with' in this case, i.e. when there is an indirect object ('them'), the preposition 'with' is usually used before the direct object.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


Hello British Council Team and fellow learners,
I've just joined this forum.

I've 2 doubts.

1)in this podcast there is one sentence..

And you probably shouldn’t have a business meeting in a café!

On this site itself in articles section i've read that there is no article used for the location.
eg. in school, at college, at airport.
In abaove sentence cafe is also location then why 'a' article is used before cafe.

2) My sister can’t get a babysitter.

In above sentence can't is used. I'm confused because her sister couldn't get babysitter on that particular day..that means she can get every other day. In short I couldn't figure out why can't is used here and why not couldn't.ce

Thanks in advance.

Hello HelloAshu,

There is no rule that says an article cannot be used with locations. There are certain locations with which we use no article when using the location for its intended purpose. For example:

I am at university - I'm a student.

I'm at a/the university - I'm visiting it.

I'm in prison - I'm a criminal.

I'm in a/the prison - I'm visiting it.

We would say 'at school' (a pupil) and 'at university' (a student) but not 'at airport' - this one needs an article (a or the, depending on the context).


'Can' is used rather than 'could' because the situation described is true in the present. The sentence would be possible with 'could' as well, of course: 'could' describes her attempt that morning or yesterday; 'can' describes the situation at the time of speaking - it is still true.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Peter M,

First of all thank you so much for your immediate reply. British Council and Team is doing really a great job.
I wish I had joined this platform before.Anyway...It's better late than never.

I Was referring link below for understanding the use of articles. Most of the times I use wrong articles.

Now I understood your explanation for articles for this case.

seems like i need to work hard on can and could.

Thanks once again.