Stephen and Ashlie drive north to York. Stephen surprises Ashlie with a Roman ring - and a museum she actually likes!

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'I thought we could....' is a way of making a polite suggestion. 




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


I have another question. What does the word "whatever" means in this scenario. Thanks.

Hi lsxcool,

In a phrase like 'whatever you do, don't forget your wellies', 'whatever you do' means something like 'in any situation' or 'no matter what you do'. It is a way of adding emphasis to the phrase 'don't forget your wellies'; it means 'the most important thing to take with you are your wellies'. If you follow the link above, you'll see several more example sentences.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot.
I want to ask is in this sentence:
Stephen: You are going to love this museum.

Ashlie: Whatever.
I think Ashile use "whatever" to express unhappy feelings. So can we use whatever to express this meanings. Thanks.

Hello Leo,

Yes, that's the idea, though I'd say 'whatever' expresses indifference more than unhappy feelings. Ashlie is not impressed with Stephen's idea and uses 'whatever' to show this.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. I have a question. The word "tin" and "can" can mean the same thing. So what does the meaning different between "tin can" and "tin" or "can". Thanks.

Hi again lsxcool,

The most basic meaning of 'tin' is the kind of metal that it is (chemical symbol Sn). One of the meanings of the word 'can' is 'container', and sometimes these food containers are called 'tin cans' since they are made of this metal. But in British English, these food containers are often just called 'tins' and drink containers are often called 'cans' (note that Americans say 'can' for both).

Both words can also be used to refer to these containers or even the quantity of food inside them (e.g. 'He ate a tin of beans').

I hope that clears it up for you.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot. Very clear~

In sentence :
Yes, the dig is right over there and you'll need to be here for seven o'clock tomorrow to pick up your tools. Used “for” not “at”. Could you please explain why the speaker would use it? Is it grammatically right?

Hello Lisa Bistrova,

The phrase be here for seven o'clock has the same meaning as be here by seven o'clock. It tells the person to arrive no later than seven o'clock. It would be fine to arrive earlier. For is a little more informal than by, I would say.

If we say be here at seven o'clock then we mean exactly at that time and it may (we do not know) be not good to be earlier.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter ...
But I still wondering if “for” can be used in writing or it can be used just in a speaking part ?
Thank you in advance~