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

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


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,


The LearnEnglish Tea

Thank you very much

Hi English Team,

I want to ask you a question. I see that drum or flute is also the verb, so we can use them as verb. For example. Instead of saying: I learned playing the drum. We can say: I learned drumming or I learned to drum. Is that Ok?

Thank you very much.
Best wishes,

Hello Linh Nhu,

After the verb 'learn', we usually use the infinitive form of a verb, so 'I learned to drum' is correct, though with musical instruments we usually say 'I learned to play the X' (where 'X' = the name of the restaurant). By the way, although in some unusual contexts 'flute' may be used as a verb, in general it's not used when talking about playing a flute – we generally say 'play a flute'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much, Kirk.
I got it.

Hi, Dear Kirk.
I think 'the X' that you explained above is a name of musical instruments not name of the restaurant. Am I right Kirk?
Thank you.

Hi Nizam Balinese,

Yes, that is right. I think Kirk must have been hungry when he wrote the reply and the wrong word came out!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi English Team

Is this true:

What is in your mind? = What are you thinking about?

Hello maisam34,

Do you mean 'on your mind'? 'What's on your mind?' does indeed mean 'What are you thinking about?'

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team