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Music Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob and Ashlie discuss her gig, indirect questions, the present perfect and sentences with ‘I bet’.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello, sir. Could you please explain to me, in task 3, the last two sentences, why those answers but not the other way around?

Hello quoc hung,

In the penultimate question, the speaker says 'What do you want me to do next?' This tells us that they have finished chopping the onions and so the present perfect simple is needed; the present perfect continuous would tell us that the job is not yet finished.

In the last question, the focus is on the activity (chopping) and its effects rather than the result (a pile of onion ready for use), so the continuous form is preferred.



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Ashlie is so beautiful, pretty girl! I love her!)))

Hello Team.
Help me solve this problem, please.
Stephen : The one that goes 'duh, nuh, nuh, nuh'? That one's my favourite too.
Stephen wants to describe one of songs in the concert that :
A. He's just been seeing
B. He's just been seen
C. He's just been to see
D. He saw recently
Which ones are correct?
Whould you like to explain?
Thank you very much.

B. He's just seen

Hello Nizam,

Two of those sentences are correct. Which ones do you think they are, and why?

All the best,
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Hi, Good evening Kirk.
Hmm.. I bet, you must be a very good teacher. I really like the way you're teaching.
Well, I'm doing revision now. This episode is more difficult than the others. So, I just want to make sure that I'm doing it well.
Regarding the question above :
1. I'll choose D ( He saw recently ).
- The action is in the past, it refers to finish time. So I guess, an answer in the past form would be correct for the question above.
2. I'll choose B ( He's just seen ).
- Although the present perfect refers to unfinised time but in this case (He's just seen), It refers to completely action which doesn't continue and repeat. So I guees B would be correct as well.
Am I right Kirk?
Thank you very much.

Hello Nizam,

Well done! You're right -- both answer B and answer D are possible here, for the reasons you indicate. By using a past simple form, you show that you imagine the action belong to a past, finished time. This time could be years ago, or it could be just a few moments ago -- the past simple doesn't tell us how long ago it was, it just tells us that the speaker sees the time as finished.

The present perfect, especially with 'just', clearly indicates that we see the time as connected with the present time in some way. Again, exactly when it was is not specified, but we see it as connected with the present.

Good work!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much

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