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Episode 09

Our listeners' musical talents are the topic for discussion this episode. Tess and Ravi tell you all about the drink British people are famous for loving.

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Exercise

Leave a comment below!

Do you drink tea or coffee? How do you make it? With or without milk? With or without sugar? What other things do people in your country like to drink?

We always enjoy reading your comments and we read some of them out in the following episode.

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Intermediate: B1

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The coffee is the most popular drink in my country, as well as beer! Many people love coffee, my grand mother drank about eight cups everyday. I prefere tea and sometimes i like to drink cold coffee with milk in summer, i have learned to drink it in Spain!

Hello,
I love tea. I drink a cup of tea after every meal, in the morning with breakfast and after lunch and dinner and my family do that, too. We make tea by boiling water in the teapot. Then we put the tea leaves into the teapot which has a strainer inside and wait for about five minutes or more. Then we put sugar in the tea cup and pour the tea into the cup tea and move it with a small spoon. We never put milk with tea but sugar is very necessary, I couldn't imagine tea without sugar. Here in my country tea is very popular drink, most of people really love tea but for coffee, I do not like it. We just serve it in special occasions.

Hello.
I like coffee, i do not like much tea.

In brazil, we not drink much tea. We like most of coffee.
In brazil, people no put milk in tea. We put only water and sugar.

:)

Hello
There is a sentence that often make me get confused, and I'm not sure what the form of that sentence. This is a kind of the sentence "By looking at the instant the big bang occurred, we are
able to see how the universe formed" I get confused with this "the universe formed" Is it passive sentence or just past tense in the active sentence. If it is a passive sentence, why these phrase not add 'be' in this cause being "the universe is formed"? Could anyone explain me, please? Thanks.

Hello Erwin_dwi,

The verb 'formed' here is an example of an intransitive verb, which means a verb which does not have an object. It is a regular past form but has no object. Another example would be:

When the water boiled, bubbles formed.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot, Peter.
I really have felt enlightened. However, I still don't get on this sentence "... and you will occasionally see this system used for page numbers" the word "used" is not intransitive verb, is it? Because it is followed by object "for page numbers". So, could you explain what the kind of these verb "used", please? Why did it use past participle?
Thanks again,
Best wishes

hello

I'd like to ask you one more question about this sentence "They’ll be talking about a
very British drink – any idea what it is?" is it corect "what it is"? or it should be "what is it?"
How should we make such questions?

Thank you very much
Best wishes.

Hello dato86,

The question is correct because it is part of an indirect question, though it's not easy to see that here. The full question is '(do you have) any idea what it is?', though obviously 'do you have' has been omitted. This may seem strange at first, but is actually extremely common in informal speech.

In reported questions and indirect questions, the word order inside the wh-clause is normal, i.e. subject + verb - that is why 'what is is' is correct here. There is a fuller explanation of this on our reported questions page.

I hope this helps.

Best regards,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there:
Colombia is worldwide famous for its coffe. Collegues and friends of mine may drink up to 6 or 7 cups of coffe a day, because it is known the chemical composition of coffee lets you work harder and for longer time. However I don't very much like coffee because some times it gives me head ache. I like tea without milk and may take 4 or 5 cups of tea a week.
Bye

In my country Turkey Tea is prefered to coffee.I dont know why Turkish people like tea.I guess ninety nine persent of people drink tea every morning.Especially black tea is drunk in my country because tea is grown mostly the East Blacksea region in Turkey.I like drinking tea too. But I drink coffee to tea in the afternoon.

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