Rob and Stephen enjoy talking about grammar, so stop to watch them discuss verbs followed by gerunds, v-ing, and infinitives, to + verb, as well as chat about too and very.

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

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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Hello littlemoon86,

The adverb 'very' makes the adjective stronger but does not tell us if this is a positive or a negative thing; that is dependent only on the adjective's meaning.

The adverb 'too' tells us that something (the adjective) is more than we want or need, and tells us that it is a problem or a negative situation.

For example:

He's very rich. [stronger than just 'rich']

He's too rich. [there is a problem with how rich he is, and it would be better if he had less money]

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear The LearnEnglish Team,

I am confuse "like". It can be followed by gerund / infinitive.
But why in Question 6, the correct answer is a.) to go out?
Can i use b.)going out?

Thanks a lot!

Dear Nicola,
You're talking about Task 1, aren't you? You are correct that 'like' can be followed by a gerund or an infinitive, but the meaning is different. We have a page about gerunds and infinitives that explains the difference here: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/quick-grammar/verbs-followed-i...
I hope that helps.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Adam
Why in task 1 question 6 the answer is just "going out" ?? I saw that webpage and it says that when we use "would like" we must choose infinitive form however I understand that in task 1 question 6 it is a question not a statement so maybe that makes it different but anyway I could not find the answer.
Best wishes.
Américo.

Hello americogonzalez,

I'm afraid you've misread the answers; the answer to question 6 of task 1 is not 'going out'. Take another look, using the 'Finish' button to see the answers.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

my trouble is at (2.45),

thanks

best wishes

Hi Rosario,

sometime the learners really drive me crazy,

I understand what is your point-Rob says " see what I mean" that means you understand what I'm saying?

I hope it clarifies you

Ciao

Hello rosario70,

What kind of trouble do you mean?  Is it trouble understanding what is said, or trouble with the grammar point being explained?  If you can be a little more specific then we'll try to help you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

in the middle of launguage focus i hear rob saying (se our me?) i don't manage to understand what rob is saying, may someone help me?

thanks ,

best wishes

Hi rosario70,

I'm afraid I'm not sure which part of the video you're referring to. Could you please tell us the time code (e.g. 2:34 or 3:03) when Rob says the sentence you're asking about?

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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