Stephen and Ashlie continue their adventures in Stratford, Shakespeare's birthplace. Stephen finds out the truth about his new job and Ashlie meets her Romeo!

Task 1

Task 2

We use 'such' before nouns and 'so' before adjectives:

  • Stephen: It's such a famous theatre. ('theatre'=noun)   
  • Ashlie: You're so lucky. ('lucky'=adjective)

Exercise

Task 3

We use 'had better' to mean 'should'. For example:

  • Stephen: I'd better go in and find the director.
  • Ashlie: I think I'd better go.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

I would like to visit Stratford on day, I've had loads of lobs that I have hated treated and spoke to like crap I, took it for so long then left every job I have hated.

in task 3, 5th sentence "I'd better give her a call. Jola's not usually late", i think we can do it this way too "Jola's not usually late. I'd better give her a call". But it doesn't accept this answer.

Hello quoc hung,

Yes, you're right -- that is also correct. I've changed the sentence slightly so that there is only one possible correct answer.

Thanks very much for taking the time to point this out to us!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, In a sentence Ashlie says " I can't wait to see you on stage" Now the question is why doesn't she say 'On The Stage' besides On stage ?

Hello SonuKumar,

Ashlie could say 'on the stage', but that would be a bit unusual. Here 'stage' is similar to other nouns like 'school' and 'hospital' -- we often leave out 'the' before these words, especially when we're thinking not so much of the place as what we do in that place. In other words, Ashlie's not so concerned with the exact physical location on the stage (notice how I used 'the' here in talking about physical location) as much as she is thinking about what they'll be doing on stage, i.e. acting.

This is a subtle difference and doesn't follow the typical rules for using 'the' with nouns, so don't be discouraged if it takes some time to make sense of this.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Could be interesting to see Stratford, it looks simple and enjoyable.
I've been in England twice but every time in London and further I hope to visit some other English cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, New Castle etc..

I have seen some of Shakespeare's plays: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venise, Much Ado about Nothing, ecc.

With reference to question about the unpleasant jobs, it happens to me only once, but, fortunately, this job didn't last very long.

I've never seen any Shakespeare play. I just saw a movie on TV, It was Romeo and Juliet.
However, I'd like to visit Stratford, it looks amazing.

I think Shakespeare's plays are very good. But I've never watched them live.

Stratford & Royal Shakespeare Company

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