Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Joe meets young British people doing just that, and gets advice from entrepreneurs old and new, including Sir Richard Branson.

Watch the video and do the first Task. Then watch the video again and finish the Tasks. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Watch Joe's documentary about young business people. Put the interviews in the correct order.

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Task 2

Watch the video again. Complete the paragraph about Arnold du Toit and RolleyGolf with the correct words.

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Task 3

Choose the correct tense, present or past, to complete the passive sentences from the video.

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Task 4

Can you remember the passive sentences from Task 3? Type in the correct forms of the verbs in (brackets).

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Intermediate: B1

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Hello, British Council Team.

Please, explain, why is the continious form is used in the third sentence (... RolleyGolf is being sold...)? Is it possible to use here Present simple (in passive, of course) tense?

Thanx,
Arseniy

Hello Arseniy,

Yes, it would also be fine to say 'just a few years later, the RolleyGolf is sold around the world'. Joe uses the continuous (or 'progresssive') to make the action seem to be in progress, that people are buying RolleyGolfs as he speaks.

Best wishes,

Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Really great advice from those entrepreneurs. That do help a lot to people wanting to start their own business. I've always wanted to start my own business in my life. I believe the tips here would help me a great deal as I move on to build my own business. Thanks a lot for your amazing materials in English learning.

Hello, British Council Team.

I'm a new adherent, this example (RolleyGolf) is very useful to encourage the young entrepreneur to start theirs busniss.

Simo
The Learn English Team

why it`s written chinese?

Hello StrangeGr,

Thank you for pointing this out. It looks like a glitch in the page organisation. We'll look into it and put the English version here as soon as we can.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

So nice this invention by British student engineer.

Hello Teachers ,

Here , when Sir Richard explains about his start in business , he says ' ... I was lucky to survive and lucky that Virgin grew into the company it has today ' . Why he doesn't use IS , as I think IT here means Virgin and Virgin is still a prosperous company ?

Thank you ,

Best regards ,
iliya_b

Hello iliya_b,

This is an example of ellipsis: missing out words or phrases to avoid repetition or poor style. If we put the omitted words back in then the reason for 'has' is clear:

I was lucky to survive and lucky that Virgin grew into the company it has grown into today.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much Peter ,
for your comprehensible answer .

It seems that Sir Richard is as good in English as in business :)))

Best regards ,
iliya_b

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