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Music Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen take a look at ‘play’, ‘live’ and ‘mind’ and how they can be used in different ways.

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Intermediate: B1

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Thank you very much

why ash didn't say "we've just seen" instead of "we've just been to see"

Hello amira younis,

Both of these phrases can be used. If you say 'we've just been to see' then you are adding some information - that you didn't see this at home, but travelled to the cinema, theatre etc. If you say 'we've just seen' then you may have travelled, or you may have seen it at home.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

thank you for respond
i have a problem with using the tense in English, could you give me an advise about how i can fix this

Hello amira younis,

The English tense system is complicated, so you are not alone in this! We have many pages on this topic, so I would suggest you take a look at the Verbs pages of our grammar section and work through slowly, using the links on the right of that page and perhaps starting with present tenses.

You can find the Verbs pages here.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Tea

Hi
Thank you very much for these beneficial and interesting videos that help us learn English.
In this video they say, "We've just been to see our favourite band playing live. live=adjective".
I've always thought that "live" in such a sentence is an adverb.
Do I need to correct my information? Is it an adjective?
Thanks for your help.

Hello Miss Linguistics,

Well done for spotting this! I think this is the first time Rob has made a mistake but everyone is human!

'Live' can be both an adjective and an adverb. If it describes a noun it is an adjective, and if it describes a verb it is an adverb. For example:

I love live music. [live = an adjective]
I saw them playing live music. [live = an adjective]
I saw them playing live. [live = an adverb]

Well done again!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, i would like to know if "when i was at university, i used to play rugby nearly every weekend" is right, concerning the lessons about the using of "used to" i think it's fine, i'm asking you because the task gives me this sentence wrong.

thank your for helping me

Alec

Hello Alec96,

Yes, that sentence is correct. The task asks for the correct form of 'play', rather than the addition of a phrase like 'used to', and this is why it is not accepted. It would, for example, also be correct to say 'loved playing', but this is not accepted for the same reason.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Really kind Peter, thank you a lot

Alec

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