Ashlie and Stephen do some shopping in Paris - and improve their French!

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We can use expressions with '-ing' to explain how we do things. For example, the picture seller says:

  • I always pick up new words talking to tourists.

The expression 'talking to tourists' explains how she learns new words.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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I think the most important thing when learning a language is practicing and talk wih someone who knows that language.
I didn't know what is Paris's Left Bank before watching this video.

Thanks

Thanks for helping us English. It's nice to watch the video. It's very helpful.

English is a very usefull language.

Thank you very much indeed for your answer Peter !

It's a great job that you and your colleagues do every day helping us to improve our poor English !

Best regards,
iliya_b

Hello Teachers ,

Here in the beginning Stephen says : OK , time to see more of Paris . A few setntences below though , Ashlie says : Now it's time to do some shopping .
I'd like to ask you is there a rule where we could omit ' it's ' in expressions like these . I mean : It's time to ... It's nice to ...

Thank you ,

Best regards ,
iliya_b

Hello iliya_b,

I don't think there is a rule as such. Missing the 'it's' out is quite common, however, and it would be fine for Ashlie to miss it out in her sentence as well. It's particularly common when used as a way to change the subject, introduced by an exclamation such as 'Right', 'Well', 'OK' and so on - just as Stephen has in your example.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! Here i have noticed the phrase pick up. And I got questioned..why sometimes we can say "I will pick you up later" and "I always pick up some words". Is the phrase "pick up" prepositional verb?
Thanks!

Hello Primegirl25,

A prepositional verb cannot be separated; the object must always follow the preposition (making it different from a phrasal verb, where the object can come between the verb and the particle (adverb)).

Your examples can be separated, provided the object is not a pronoun:

I always pick up some words.

I always pick some words up.

This shows that 'pick up' here is a phrasal verb comprised of a verb and an adverb, not a prepositional verb comprised of a verb and a preposition.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I did window shopping there when I visited Paris.

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