The start of Series 3 brings bad news. Tony's Café has been burgled! Or has it?

Written by Chris Rose.

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Hello,
Is " plates" verb in the sentence " Some broken plates on the floor."? In the dictionary, they say : to cover a metal object with a thin layer of another metal, especially gold or silver.

Hello CuSO4_blue,
In the sentence you provide 'plates' is a plural noun.  These are the plates that we put our dinner on, and they are broken, presumably, because they have fallen, or been thrown, onto the floor.
By the way, if you use the 'Cambridge Dictionaries Online' search window on the right, you'll see when a word or phrase has more than one meaning.  Try it with 'plate' and you'll see how many meanings that word has!
Best wishes,
 
Peter
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I see ... Thank you for your help!
Best wishes,
Thi

Dear British Council,
In the transcript, Tony said: " well, there were those special pieces of fish". I think it is "there are" instead of "there were". Is that right? And Olivia said: "There's your burglar!". I don't understand. Please explain what it means.

Hello CuSO4_blue,
Tony uses a past tense ('were') because he's talking about things that were in the cafe last night (but are not now).
When Olivia says 'There's your burglar' she's telling the others that the cat is the 'burglar'.  We often use 'there's [are] your...' when we want to draw someone's attention to something they've just said, but didn't realise was important.  It's almost like saying 'that thing you've just said - that is the answer'.  For example:
"I feel really tired all the time.  I was a party and I fell asleep last night."
"Well there's your problem - too many parties!"
I hope that answers your questions.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Peter M,
But "those special pieces of fish" are still there when they talk. Please tell me the reason why we can not use present tense.
Thi

Hello,
I admire your dedication to solving the case of the missing fish!  I am afraid you're wrong about the fish still being there, however.  Olivia asks if anything has been stolen and the fish is the answer: the pieces of fish are not there.  Later Tony says 'That explains the fish' - i.e. the fact that the burglar was a cat explains why the fish were not there, and why the past tense was used.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

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