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The City of London

Nick talks about the history of The Thames and then is shown around a houseboat on the river. Later, he meets some artists who create incredible images of London in the future.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Comprehension Task

Fill in the gaps in the sentences with the words from the box.


Task 2

Comprehension Task

Read the questions about the video and select the right answers.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello British Council,

Question 6 in Task 1 says,

When water gets very cold it freezes but when it warms up again, it starts to melt.

Generally, the verb "start" follows a gerund, like start melting. Can you please explain the usage of "start to melt" in the question?



Hello Haseeq1143,

Some verbs are followed by to + infinitive, some by verb-ing and some can be followed by either.

'Start' is a verb which can be followed by either form. Like 'begin' and 'continue', it can be followed by either to + infinitive or verb-ing with no change in meaning. This is quite unusual: generally verbs which can be followed by either form have a different meaning with each.

You can read more about verbs followed by these forms on this page and this page.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Rivers bring water to the city, are good for communication and transport.
There are two main rivers in my country : Dumbea River and Tontouta River, but there are many others.
I'd like to live on a river for a short time but not for life. I don't know why.

thank you

Hi, I m very sorry to bother you but I need to know the right word choice here.
1. The giraffe is a nice animal. 2. Giraffes are nice animals.
Are they in the same meaning with just little difference or one of them is wrong?
Thank you in advance.

Hello Must,

This is a question about articles and it would be helpful to other users if it were posted on a page on that topic, so they could see it when they are learning about the topic. If you visited that page you would also see other questions similar to this. In fact, I answered a very similar question to this one a day or two ago and you can see the answer I gave here.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

thank you for the videos. Could you please, answer this question as long as it s not trouble for you?
She spoke to .... in the room.
A) Nobody B) Somebody C) Anybody

According to the book only one answer is correct. But there isn t the answer in it.
Thanks in advance.

Hello Must,

I'd say the best answer here is B. A could be considered possible, though normally 'nobody' is used at the beginning of the sentence, not as it is here.

By the way, if this is homework, it'd be best to ask your teacher about this, as they can explain in the context of what you're learning better than we can!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Rivers are important for economy and transportation. We have lots of important rivers in Turkey like Kızılırmak, Seyhan, Ceyhan, Sakarya . I would like to live on a river, although many people think it would be so difficult and uncomfortable ( That's could be a little bit right) I like nature and silence that's why I would like to :)

hi teacher,
I don't understand "But there’s more to the Thames than a trip down the river. " mean?
could you explain, please?