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Christmas Scene 1

Ashlie and Stephen are getting ready for Christmas. They need to buy presents and decorate the tree, but there's still time for a bit of ice-skating...

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hi everybody. I would like to know what "casualty flat" means. I can't translate it.

Hello Narina,

This is not a phrase I have seen before and I can't think what it might mean without knowing the context in which it occurred. Are you sure it is a correct phrase?


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much for supporting me. I found this phrase when translating a medical text. Here is the sentence. " Act quickly: lay the casualty flat on his back, keep from falling back into the throat and blocking the air passages." Thank you!

Hi Narina
Kindly I like to say
The sentence inspire that it is taken from first aid book and the practical training is so important
in this situations

Hello Narina,

Thank you for supplying the context. 'Flat' here describes how the person should be laid down:

lay (something) down on the ground

'The casualty' means the person hurt in the accident. So the sentence means that the casualty should be laid down (made to lie down) in such a way that they are flat on their back (not curled up or on their stomach).


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much. I cought the meaning. Now the context is clear to me. You really helped me. We appreciate your work.

hi Team!
your lesson is very great.
thanks so much!

Hi Team,
I have a question not related this topic, I've seen a sentences like "a factor of two or more". Could you explain the meaning, please? Thanks

i think every nation has their occasion which they celebrate with , religious or nationality .

Hi Team.
Stephen : Ashlie and I are supposed to be doing some last minute Christmas shopping.
If I change "to be doing" into "to do",
Is it allowed in the rule of grammatical?
If yes, what is the difference between "to be doing" and "to do" in the sentence?
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you.