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History Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen talk about American English and some uses of passive verb forms.

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.

Task 1

Click on the American English word to complete each sentence.


Task 2

Can you remember the American English words from Task 1? Type in the words to complete the sentences.


Task 3

Complete the sentences with the correct passive expressions for talking about landmarks.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Rob said: "The London's sights". I've got a question.
Reading several leaflets about LOndon I read "London sights" "London attractions" "London museums". Why did he say "The London's sights". Shouldn't have been the same by saying "London sights" (and as I'm here is my question right Shouldn't have (IT) been …? Thanks a lot.

Hello apc,

Rob actually says 'the London sights' (without 's). It is a slightly unusual phrasing, and 'the sights of London' would be more common, I think. However, it is not incorrect and is a pattern that is used in this context, so we could say, for example, 'the London fashion scene', 'the London atmosphere' and so on.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Ican't understand whats going on

please help me to learn English

Hello n-flower,

Our whole site is designed to help you do just this! Is there anything in particular you would like to work on or practise? If you can be a little bit more specific then we'll be better able to make suggestions and give you some tips.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team