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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.

Tess & Ravi

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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.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


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,


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


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,
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.

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.

In my country (Brazil) coffee is more popular than tea. Some people said that you drink tea only when you are ill. It's very common have a coffee in the breakfast, after the meals and also when we go to visit someone. I remember a friend that needed to visit some relatives in the weekend to give her wedding invitation, something like ten houses, and every house served coffee. Poor girl! Lots of coffee was drank that weekend, even when she said no, they insisted.
I have a coffee with milk, too milky, in the morning and a cup of tea without milk in the afternoon both with sugar.

now, i'm determined to improve my english skills, and i find out many website to learn it, but, i com across to see your website( british council) and i really like it, i believe your , i hope that it'll help me to be patient to speaking english.
thank all

hello, I really do not drink tea or coffee, but my father is happy drinking coffee every day. The unique coffe that I enjoy is the to my grandmother, because it was natural.
She got up in the morning on the farm, recogia the coffee beans directly from the plant to dry in the sun. Days later when the coffee was dry, molia and maintained in the pantry.
I loved to visit on holiday as a kid and waking up to the rooster and take that sweet and warm even when there was cold coffee in the morning room. That was and will be the only coffee I like.I miss my grandparents!