Elementary Podcasts

Jamie's taken his exam and is waiting for the results. Adam and Jo talk about the meaning of different exam results in the UK.

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Leave a comment below!

  • Exams or continuous assessment – which do you prefer?
  • Which do you think is better?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1


Hello Andrew international,

One of the many meanings of 'to' is to indicate a destination. It is used with many verbs of movement, including 'fly'. 'for' can also be used to indicate a destination, though it's used with a smaller range of words. One of these is 'leave', so this sentence means she is going to France.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir
Thank you for explaning the prepositions 'to' and 'for'
Would you please tell me why we use 'for' in these sentences but not 'to' I have notice this in sentences using part of 'be.' Is that the reason? For eg. She was late for school.
Is this the train for London? But not to school/ not to London
This is also a destination/or some other reason like part of be as mentioned above..
Please let me know.
Thank you

Hello Andrew international,

The adjective 'late' usually collocates with the preposition 'for' rather than 'to':

late for the meal

late for the meeting

late for the wedding

There are some examples of 'late to' but these tend to be fixed expressions with idiomatic meanings such as 'late to the party'.


You can say either 'the train for London' or 'the train to London'. The meaning is the same.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I agree with Jo. I would prefer to take continuous assessment if I am a student. because I think continuous assessment is just good idea for education and I haven't heard about it in my country. I always felt so much stress just before exams every time. and when I finished the exam, I never remember anything about the exams at all. so Does it make sense?

I agree with Jo, I prefer continuous assesstments since they will let me know how my preparations goes.... I would prefer voicing and pronuntiation assess', too

I prefer continuous assessment. I think this way of evaluating smarter.

I prefer continuous assessments. I can't focus and study well for a short time and I get too much stressed, also I think anything can happen before an exam which can prevent good performance on it and destroy lots of endeavors in an hour or so.

Hİ guys,
Absolutely I prefer continuous assessment. Because it is stressless. You can focus just understanding when you feel relax. You don't worry. Our country education system is very complicated. I must had been passing the exam İf I Want to study at unıversity. Just think. You study until finish hıgh school after. You take an exam three hour marathon . İf you succed a exam, you can enter what you want a departmant but your poınt have to enough for department. this is very terrible. İt is enaough contıous assessment. Take care of yourself.

I prefer continuous assessment. I think this a better