Richard shows us the best way to see London's many sights, travels back in time to the Warwick Castle of 500 years ago... and gets into a sword fight!

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Select the things Richard did.

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Task 2

Put the descriptive phrases with the places they describe to make complete sentences.

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Task 3

Type the right preposition in the space to complete the sentence.

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Task 4

Can you make these sentences from Warwick Castle's visitors' guide?

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Upper intermediate: B2

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Yes Kirk, it's all clear now. Thank you very much for yr explanation.
Maria

Hello, everyone.
☆ Where would you like to visit in London?
- I've heard and read a lot about the beautiful places of Great Britain. However, most of all I'd like to visit London and its sights. Among them there are The House of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, London Brigde and The Tower of London. I'd like to visit all the famous museum in London as well, especially British museum. Hopefuly, I could see many historical heritages gathering from all over the world there.
Besides, I'd certainly visit the old University of Cambridge and Oxford.
I think traveling in these places would be very interisting.
☆ Are there many historical places in your country?
- Yes, there are a lot of the buildings in my country which has a certain historical bearing that building.
The historical buildings on the whole give an idea and insight of the cities past, its culture and the lifestyle of the people of another era.
☆ What would life have been like 500 years ago?
- 500 years ago is the last period of Hindu Kingdoms in my country, Indonesia. Many well-organized kingdoms with high degree of civilization were ruled by indigenous kings who had adopted the Hindu religion. The period in our history is called the period of Hindu-Indonesia period.
The period was also reffered to the first portuguese colonialism in my country Indonesia.

First at All, I want to visit London and all of its historic and iconic places, then make around by the streets, take a boat by Thames river and then visit other interesting cities and places in all entire UK.
Yes, in my country there are many historic places and we have a long history to know, Inca and before Incas cultures left many places and monuments in many regions of my country, Cuzco was the capitol of Incas Empire so in this city and around it there are many monuments and places to visit, Machu Pichu is the most known place, in the current capitol Lima there many castle and big houses during Spain Colony, and monuments of before Incas culture as well. at north of the country You could get Trujillo and Chilcayo cties where yo could visit many monuments of Chimu and Mochica cultures, in Chachapoyas region North East as well. at South of Lima on Desert of Nazca you could get Nazca Lines which are a enigmatic places to discover by scientifics.

Actually, I didn't know too much about London Historical Places before watching this video. But I'd love to visit the London Eye and the Warwick Castle. Here in Brazil there are a lot of historical places to visit too. In my city, for example, there's a part of the city which was entirely recovered and it's very similar to what it would have looked like 200 years ago.
I don't know if I would enjoy living during the 16th century. I mean, I can't live without internet.

Hello, team!
There is a sentence from the podcast: "what would it have been like to have lived hundreds of years ago?"

I have grammar questions about this sentence:

1. The first part of the sentence above is a sort of a result part in the Third Conditional.
I mean, I can change the sentence into something like "what would it have been like if I had lived hundreds of years ago?", thus making the Third Conditional.

So we use the Present Perfect in this first part ("what would it have been like").

Am I correct in my guess?

2. In the second part we also use something that looks like the Present Perfect, but in fact it isn't: "to have lived hundreds of years ago".

What is this grammatical construction - "to have lived"?

3. Continuing the 2d question above:
Can I change in the sentece "to have lived" into "to live" (I mean "what would it have been like to live hundreds of years ago?")?
Will it change the meaning?

Hello Yshc,

The phrase 'would have been' is not a present perfect form but rather a perfect modal (modal + have + past participle). However, you are correct that it functions like a third conditional form.

The form 'to have lived' is a perfect infinitive form. The infinitive has several forms: the bare infinitive ('to live'), the passive infinitive ('to be lived'), the continuous infinitive ('to be living'), the perfect infintive ('to have lived') and so on.

You can change 'to have lived' to 'to live' here without any change in meaning.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot!

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