Stephen's friend comes to London and Ashlie and Stephen show him around.

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Hello Peter! Thanks a lot for your comments. I'll try to remember). And referring to the sentence "I'm going to have to get back", it sounds very unusual to my Russian ear))). I'd rather have said, "I'll have to get back". Now I know)), Thank you!

And there's another interesting expression - sorry, I forgot to ask about it in my previous question). Ashley says - "Stephen's brought his friend Jazz OVER to London for a few days." Is it possible to say just "Stephen's brought his friend to London for a few days", without
"over"?

Hello lotalena,

Yes, that is possible and the meaning is the same. We often use words like this after 'bring somebody... to':

I brought my friend over/down/up/across to Manchester

The meaning of all these is really the same; they don't really refer to geographical directions.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, EnglishLearn Team!
Thanks a lot for your course, it's really very useful. I have a question, though. Here in this conversation Stephen always uses the phrases with the verb "get" - "let's get going" and "we need to get a move on". Don't you say just "let's go!" or "We need to move on?" And there's another expression very unusual to me - "I'm going to have to go back." Is there a rule for using such a complicated set of verbs or is it just a fixed phrase one has to memorise?

Hello lotalena,

There is a difference in meaning. The phrases 'let's get going' and 'get a move on' have an idiomatic meaning of 'hurry up' or 'stop wasting time', whereas the other phrases have a more literal meaning.

I'm not sure why 'I'm going to have to go back' seems complex to you. It's a normal phrase, without any idiomatic meaning:

I'm going to... [describing a future action or state based on present evidence]

...have to... [describing an obligation or necessity]

...go back [the action]

Some phrases need to be memorised as they are fixed expressions or have idiomatic meanings not apparent from the words themselves. However, this is just a normal sentence as far as I can see.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hi,
I don't know what does mind "it weighs on "

thanks

Hi concha62,

The best way to check words or phrases like this is to use the Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool on the right of the page. Just type 'weigh on' in the search window and click 'Look it up!' to get a definition, examples, grammar information and more. You can even hear the pronunciation.

 


Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hi

I have not visited the England, but if I watch your videos i think it is a beatifull place.

Last November I was in London for the first time and our guide showed us the city only with the bus. I think it was a good idea because you" live" the city in a right way, it's like a full immersion, and with the osteycard there's the possibility to turn in a free way.
You can see many things (touch and run)and then you can deepen only the place you prefer.
for example i went with my husband (without the group) to visit the national gallery in trafalgar square. It was really amazing!
We also tried the local food, such as "pie", fish and chips, eggs and bacon....we tried to forget our italian food.....and i trained with my english skills. please correct me! i would like to learn as good as possible! thank you

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