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Episode 01

Philip is the CEO of WebWare, an IT company. He needs to hire a new sales director as soon as possible.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


can we use,
I told you should to improve
instead of
I told you then it had to improve

Hi Anwr,

The sentence should not have 'should to':

I told you to improve.


I told you that you should improve.


This would mean that the person has to get better - in other words, they have to improve themselves (their performance, their work etc).

If you want the person to make something better then you would have an object:

I told you to improve it.

I think this is probably the sentence you are looking for, but it is hard to be sure without knowing exactly what you are trying to say and in what context.


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The LearnEnglish Team

thanks for explanation

Thanks was useful informations

I have a question.. according to my informations that we cannot use( it ) for people
we can say it is a desk
so why Philip said when he called Marcia : Hi Marcia .It,s Philip here
Why he didn,t say : Hi Marcia. I am Philip.

Hi Khaled v,

Generally you are correct that we do not use 'it' to refer to people. However, there are some exceptions to this rule and introducing yourself on the telephone is one of these. You can read more about this on this page.


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The LearnEnglish Team

In Japan, it is impossible even for CEO to fire anybody only because he made a mistake. In Japan, once he/she is hired, he/she is able to work for the company until retired age, usually 60 years old. The only reason for a company to fire an employee is when he/she committed a crime.

It seems so cool there!

Oh my god ..I am sad for the poor Brian and I wish that his Manager gave him a last choice to support the company and to correct his mistake .
I watched the Video just only for one time . It didnt work again!

Hello Khaled v,

Are you able to see the video now? I haven't been able to find any problems with it. If you still can't see it, please let us know what browser and browser version you are using.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team