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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


OK, thank you so much Kirk for your tips!

could you please explain me the difference between "to be supposed to" and "to be expected to"?
Stephen said: "Ashlie and I are supposed to be doing some last-minute Christmas shopping".
is it ok to say "Ashlie and I are expected to be doing some last-minute Christmas shopping" instead?
thank you very much in avance.

Thank you

Would you tell me what does "You made it then!" mean?
Thanks in advance.

Hello goharyen,

The phrasal verb 'make it' can have several meanings. In this context it means to get to a meeting or an agreed place, or to not be late. We might say, for example, 'The bus left early and I didn't make it' or 'I wanted to go to the meeting but I had too much work and I couldn't make it'.

'You made it then!' here means 'You got here, I see!'

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team 

Well, the 2nd task was challenging.

Hi!I know my question is a bit silly,but why did Ash say "Father Christmas" instead of " Santa Claus"?'s just a curosity, of course..thank you!!

Hello Laura1240,

British people use both names interchangeably, and the same person might use both in the same conversation.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter!!

hello sir,
If all goes as per plan, the Alfred high school in Gujarat, where Mahatma Gandhi studied for seven years, would house a world class museum depicting his life, in coming years.
is this sentence grammatically correct?
The context is Municipal Corporation of District is seeking permission from state government to give charge of school so that it can transform the school into museum.
My question is not a exact form of first conditional. So can it happen that a grammatical form is in usage inspite of not being mentioned in a excellent grammar book?? First book comes or usage comes?? Many times I have seen some grammatical structures in newspapers or some standard magazines which are not given in books or even on your websites.Do that mean they are wrong?? Plzz sir do reply on this issue.