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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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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,

 

Peter

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"?..it'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,

Peter

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....it 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.

Hello innocentashish420,

I would use 'will house' instead of 'would house', but perhaps 'would house' is acceptable in India. To my ears, it sounds a bit strange, though I certainly understand what it means. All around the world you can find certain grammatical forms and vocabulary used differently in place to place. If you see forms in print that are not considered correct in Britain, but which you see over and over again in India, then it's probably fine to use them if your readers or interlocutors are in India. If, on the other hand, you're writing to people in the UK, it'd be advisable to use British forms. In the end, this is a decision that you must make based on how you see things.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello innocentashish420,

Using 'would' is not correct in the sentence you ask about in your last comment. It's also incorrect in sentence 2 ('If Tom wins the car race ...'). 'would' is not used in first conditional sentences, it is used in second conditional sentences – see our Conditionals pages for a complete explanation of this.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

If all goes as per plan, the Alfred high school in Washington, where Abraham Lincoln studied for seven years, would house a world class museum depicting his life, in coming years.
is this sentence grammatically correct?
should not we use went in place of goes....plzz explain

Hello innocentashish420,

The sentence is rather odd, mixing 'goes' for future meaning with 'would' to make an unusual first conditional form. However, without knowing the full context it is hard to say more than that.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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