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Episode 10: You'll be a shoo-in!

Can Magda get her dream job by following Johnny’s interview advice?

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Intermediate: B1

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Hello noor us sahar q...
I don't think there is any one correct way to learn.  While it is important to develop fluency as well as accuracy, and understanding as well as production, I think each learner finds his or her own path to this.  Some people learn best by focusing on rules, others by just trying to communicate.  It's good that you are thinking about your own learning and looking for the best way to learn but I'm afraid only you can answer the question 'Am I right?'
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello there! Congratulations for your very helpful site and for your always so kind answers. I had problems on the task 4 about gerunds and infinitives use. I still can't manage to understand the difference. Can you give me any adviceplease? Thanks a lot.

Hello bonaiti,
I can understand why you're having problems because it is a confusing area.  
 
Some verbs are followed by an infinitive (e.g. 'want')
Some verbs are followed by an -ing form (e.g. 'enjoy')
Some verbs can be followed by either an infinitive or an -ing form, but have different meanings with each (e.g. 'stop')
 
Unfortunately, there are no real rules about this; you simply have to learn which verbs are which and remember it.  Fortunately, there are several useful pages on LearnEnglish for you to look at:
verbs followed by to + infinitive
verbs followed by -ing clauses
to + infinitive
-ing forms
 
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Johnny said he is going to the doctor's, my question is that why is "doctor's"? I'd really appreciate it if you could help me.

Hello Loong Cheung,
We use 's after some places when we give the job title of the owner.  Some common examples are:
the doctor's, the dentist's, the baker's, the greengrocer's, the florist's, the butcher's, the chemist's
For more information on apostrophes and their use look here.
I hope that answers your question.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello.thank you for nice site! I would like to ask a question about "though".
In Episode 9 ,Jonny says"just to the doctor’s though, he’s having another look at my leg, making sure it’s ok..."  is  the same meaning as....
"I (Johnny)think my leg got well already.But  my doctor told me to come  again to make  sure that my leg heal completely.'
I hope I could have reserve the answer.
Thank you.
 
thom-sung

Hello thom-sung,
It's great that you like the site.  The word 'though' is used when we want to add a little contrast to something that has just been said.  It's a little like 'but', except we use it slightly differently.  For example:
It's raining.  It's not heavy rain, though.
It's raining, though it's not heavy rain.
(It's raining, but it's not heavy rain.)
This film is boring.  It's not as bad as the last film I saw, though.
This film is boring, though it's not as bad as the last film I saw.
(This film is boring, but it's not as bad as the last film I saw.)
 
In this episode Johnny says he's busy and has to go out... not to work (as someone might expect when he's so busy) but to the doctor's. ('to the doctor's, though').
You can find more information on how we use conjunctions like 'though' in sentences here.
I hope that clarifies it for you.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello there)))
Could you please help me for one question:
What does the word "SHOO-IN" mean?
Thank you in advance.

Hello Ronnie,
If you listen to the end of the episode, you will hear Harry explain the answer!
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

I don’t get to see you much,
what does that  mean? 

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