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Episode 04: Save the café!

Sarah knows a "secret" about the building in which the café is situated. Will this save the café?


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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Thanks Mr.Kirk .... I will try as your advise....

can we use 'say' for telling stories? why don't we use past tense for that? is it correct to use present tense.

hello bimsara.

if we are telling stories, we should use the past tense not the present tense because the events of any story happen in the past.

i wish my answer can help you.

Hi bimsara,

I'm not sure I understand your question. If you are asking if say a story is correct, the answer is no: in standard English, the expression is tell a story.

The verbs say and tell mean the same thing but are used differently. This is explained in detail in episode 2 of season 2 of the Elementary Podcasts, where you'll also find some exercises (see tab 7), but I'll briefly mention now that, unless it is part of an expression like tell a story or tell the truth, there must always be an indirect object after tell. For example: He told me that Carolina was out.

The phrase *he told that his sister was out is incorrect because tell requires an indirect object. If there is no indirect object, the phrase should use say instead: he said that Carolina was out.

If your question was different from what I've explained here, please don't hesitate to ask us again.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi.. I find this really helpful. I feel I've got an improvement in listening English.
I'd like to ask the expression that tony asked in the beginning of the conversation " what are you lot doing?"

Hi dwii_bayu,
This is a very informal expression which we use only with people who we know very well.  It means 'What are (all of) you doing?' and it is often used as a form of greeting, rather like 'How's life?' or 'What's up?'  In answer we might often say something like 'Not much', 'Nothing special' or 'Oh, we're just...' (talking about/thinking about/getting ready to...).
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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Hello! First of all many thanks for your so helpful website. I practice a bit every day, as your advice, and my english is improving a bit every day. I've a question: Why Carlos says "Is it OK if I sit here?" and not "Is it OK if I sit down here?".Thank you in advance for your kind answer.

Hi bonaiti,
Thanks very much for your positive feedback. It's always great to know that people find LearnEnglish helpful. That's what we're here for!
As for your question, have you tried checking in the dictionary (see the Cambridge Dictionaries Online box on this page on the right) to see if there is a difference between the verb sit and the phrasal verb sit down? Please take a look - I think you'll see it's very convenient to use - and then let us know if anything's not clear.
Keep up with your daily practice, it's really important and I'm sure you'll learn even more that way.
Best wishes -
The LearnEnglish Team

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