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Listen to a trainer talking about the importance of relationship-building as a competency.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.

Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Hello, great lesson. I have a question. Here you go:

2) Neither of the movies were interesting. They were both boring.

My question is about this sentence, I saw it on an English exercise page, I think that it must be: " Neither of the movies was interesting. They were both boring", but I'm not quite sure if "was" is correct in that sentence. Could you help me with that issue, please?

Hello GiulianaAndy,

In traditional grammar, neither takes a singular verb. However, this is slowly changing and a plural verb is becoming more accepted when the noun after 'of' is plural.

I would say that in very formal writing you are better off using a singular verb. However, in less formal contexts a plural form is becoming acceptable in modern English.



The LearnEnglish Team

Also, being humble, caring, helping, and respecting really helps in relationship-building!

It's really helpful. Thank you

Hello, thank you for teaching us English, I like very much this website and your podcast, and I think that these advices that how improve or building relationships.

Hi Jhonny,

That's great :) Thanks to you for your kind comment.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I wasn't allowed to pass a security check of this meeting room. ;|

very interesting

Hi, as far as I can tell the audio files are not working on the podcasts -- or am I doing something wrong? Many thanks.

Hello Therese Claffey,

There is a technical problem with our audio. I'm sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for telling us. We are working on a solution and hopefully the audio will be working soon.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Tea