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Episode 12: Good news and bad news

In the final episode of this season, find out about Magda's new job and how Sarah deals with her intrusive landlord. Harry has some surprising news and Johnny has a big decision.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Thanks Kirk!
My specific doubt was in the meaning of word "row" in this context.
Best regards!

Hi Beto R,

If you search for the words that you don't recognise in the dictionary - I'm going to suppose that these are row and landlord - then I think it will be clear. There's a very handy dictionary search box on the right (look for the Look it up! button). In this sentence, it's the fourth meaning of row (argument) that is used and the first meaning of landlord: I argued with the owner of my flat.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

That's excellent news.
hi , would you help me to understand why the stentence above is right, without "the" in it.

Hello jeany,

When we mention something for the first time, we generally use the indefinite article (a/an) for countable nouns.  'News' is an uncountable noun and so we cannot use the indefinite article but rather use a determiner such as 'some'.  We use the definite article after first mention, especially if we want to identify which news we are talking about - in other words, to say 'this news and not that news'.  For example:

"I've got some good news and some bad news."

"What's the good news?"

You can see this In the conversation:

Sarah: Wow, this is getting complicated...and I’m afraid I’ve only got some bad news...

Magda: Oh no...what a shame! What’s the problem?

Olivia: Yeah, go on, bad news first, then the good news will cheer us up!

[Olivia's first sentence here is unusual and does not use 'the' as she is shortening the whole sentence.  If she used a full sentence she would say 'Yeah, go on, give us the bad news first...' and use a definite article.]

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

very cool i like it

I have to work harder.

Hello, I have beenn English student for four years (2 hours per week) in British Council, in Paris.
I like learning English a lot.
I don't understand when can I use "get". For example : She doesn't get on well..... or I get married, etc.
Thanks a lot for your website, it's very useful for us.

Hello Claudia Charles,

'Get' is an example of a verb which can be used to replace many other verbs, in many different contexts, rather like 'have' and 'do'.  For example:

I got 90% in the test - I scored 90% in the test

I got a DVD for Christmas - I received a DVD for Christmas

I get the train to work every morning - I take the train to work every morning

In addition, 'get' is very common in phrasal verbs, such as 'get on (with sb)' and in certain fixed expressions (get married, get divorced, get lost, get the sack).  As you can see, 'get' has a wide range of uses in English, so it's not surprising that you find it hard to pin it down.  Try keeping a record of all the uses of 'get' that you come across, and grouping them so you can see patterns and see which ones are similar to each other,

I hope that answers your question.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your helping

OK i see Peter
thank you indeed