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Stephen decides he’s going to fix up an old banger and gets Ashlie to help him. There’s just one small problem ...

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Hello Sonia,

Thanks for this comment – it's always nice to hear that our users English has improved by using LearnEnglish!

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Kirk
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Hi teacher, from this videos, i have got a couple of questions. From its context, what do these words mean?

1. "Such an old banger. It hasn't got a boot." - old banger? Boot?
2. "It's got a smashed bonnet." - smashed bonnet?
3. "It's such an old heap." - old heap?
4. Stephen said, "i think it's really coming along". I don't really get it. Could you explain me what does "coming along" mean in that context?

Sorry if I ask too much. But i'm really looking forward to get your reply. Thank you in advance :)

Roy

Hello again elroy,

I've just checked and you can find all of these words in our dictionary - see the search box under Cambridge Dictionaries Online on the lower right side of this page. Note that the meanings used are not always the first definitions listed - for example, see the second definition (car) for 'boot' and the fourth (develop) for 'come along'. The only one that the dictionary might not help with is 'heap'. Calling a car an 'old heap' is a way of saying it's old and in very poor condition, as if it were falling apart.

All the best,
Kirk
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hello.. what's the defference between adverb clause and adjective clause?

Hello emadsoon,

We have a grammar section which has sections on adverbials, adjectives and clauses. You can find it here (use the links to go to the appropriate section).

If you have any questions after looking at that, please post them on a relevant page rather than just any page as then other users with similar questions will be able to find yours. It's also helpful to include an example sentence - this makes explanations clearer and easier.

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Peter

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Hello teacher
What is the difference between might be & maybe?

Hello Houssam yahïa,

'Might be' is a modal verb ('might') with an infinitive ('be'). You can find more information on modal verbs here.

'Maybe' is an adverb and is a synonym of 'perhaps' or 'possibly'. You can find more information on adverbs of propability here.

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Peter

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Thank you very much Peter ! ,

In fact I was not sure if we could use "coming along " for things . Now that's clear for me . Thanks again .

Have a nice day !

Regards ,

iliya_b

Hello Peter ,

I'd like to ask you one more question about personalised objects. As you've mentioned in your previous comment Stephenr adresses his car with ' she ' because he personalises it .
A few lines below he says to Ashlie : What do you think Ash ? It needs a few more final touches , but I think it's really coming along.
Does he use ' coming along ' here cause he speaks about his car as a personalised object ? And in general way can we use 'coming along ' for other / unpersonalised / objects , e.g. can I say : ' I think my business is coming along .' ?

Thank you very much '

Best wishes ,

iliya_b

Hello iliya_b,

'Coming along' here has an idiomatic meaning. It means something like 'developing' and we use it to talk about progress. For example, when someone is making something we can talk about how it is coming along - in other words, if it is progressing well or not. We can talk about people and things in this way:

The project is coming along really well!

My daughter's English is coming along nicely at school.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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