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Johnny is back! But is he back for good? And Carlos is going to tell us something really important...

Written by Chris Rose.

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Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1

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Thank you very much! I know this phrase long time ago through the name of a song but I don’t understand the meaning until you explain it for me. :)

Sorry, I don’t understand “back for good” meaning? Is that “how long will he stay in London?”

Hello Steven Bui,

The phrase 'for good' here is an informal way to say 'for ever'. Thus when someone is 'back for good' it means that they are not planning to leave again.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your reply!

I like the efforts have been taken by team to save the cafe & Olivia's shop.

I always find it difficult whether to use Infinitive(to+verb) or Gerund( ing+ verb) . Here i m trying to explain my difficulty
1. I stopped smoking
2. I stopped to smoke
I don't know which one is correct and why. Sir pls give me a general idea about it.

Hello,

The verbs: remember, forget and stop can be followed by either an infinitive or a gerund; however, the meaning of the sentences change depending on whether you used gerund or infinitive, e.g. I stopped to look at the window display, means that you were walking and then you stopped to look at the window display, wheras I stopped looking at the window display, means that you were looking at window display, and then you stopped looking at it and moved on. The same is applicable to either of the other two verbs mentioned above.

Warm Regards,

Luis

Hello jessica_22,

There is no easy way to know which form should be used – it depends on the verb, e.g. in this case the verb 'stop'. Some verbs take a to infinitive, others take the -ing form and some, like 'stop' can take both forms.

You should look up such verbs, e.g. 'stop' in the dictionary – see the handy search box on the right side of this page – and it will show you how they are used and what they mean. In your first sentence, it means you no longer have the habit of smoking. In the second one, it means you stopped doing something so that you could have a smoke!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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