At an art market, Ash and Stephen find themselves in an argument about who is the better artist. They decide to have a competition, but first they need to find out what art is.

Instructions

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to the Tasks and do the activities. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Order the sentences according to the video.

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Task 2

Decide if these statements are true or false.

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Task 3

Order the words to make useful expressions from the video.

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Hi the Learn English Team,

In the task 3, could we say : "Let's have a go and look over there" instead of "let's go and have a look over there ?
Best regards,

Stéphane

Hello Stéphane,

Although what you suggest is grammatically correct, it means something else. 'have a go' means 'try', so essentially you'd change it to 'let's try and look (or 'try looking') over there'. The other version doesn't have the idea of trying in it.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot, kirk.

Best regards,
Stéphane

Hi there! Could you give me a hand with this?

A man walked into a hotel, saw a nice coat, put it over his arm and walked out again.

I do not understand the reason of using the word 'again'. And, can we use there the word 'again' even if the man had not been in the hotel before?
P. S. I'm Alexander, you're awesome, have a nice day!

Hello Alexander,

The 'again' here refers to the fact that he was walking before (walking into) and now is walking again (out). It's slightly illogical if we are pedantic but I suppose we focus on the action of walking rather than the direction in this case. Languages are full of these kinds of constructions which are not entirely logical if we dig deep.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there! I cannot help asking who the word ('his'), in the example below, is related to.
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The thief gave the inspector his coat.
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Is this coat of the inspector or thief?
Thanks a million beforehand!

Hello again alexander-Rednaxela,

The sentence is ambiguous in this respect (i.e. there is no way to know for sure) but unless the context indicated something to the contrary, most of the time people would probably think that the coat belonged to the thief. Since we're talking about a thief, however, it would probably be better to be more specific, since it could well be the inspector's coat as well!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there! I'm wondering whether I got Stephen right.
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Stephen: So this is art, is it?
Ashlie: Err, yes, Stephen, it is.
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There's no inversion in the tag because of Shephen's misunderstanding of the reason for
'a pile of old junk' is called art.
This website is just the ticket for me! You're awesome!

Hello Alexander,

Yes, this question tag is correct. 'is it?' is correctly inverted for a question tag -- were you perhaps asking about why it is affirmative and not negative? This is not uncommon. In this case, Stephen is expressing his doubt -- he is not at all convinced that what he sees is art. By using a question tag, he shows his doubt but leaves open the possibility that he is wrong, which is a way of being polite.

I hope this helps you understand it better. If I've misunderstood your question, please ask us again.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

Hi there! Can I use 'somewhen' instead of 'somewhere' in this passage ?
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Stephen: Yes, excellent idea! Except one thing... You're not an artist.
Ashlie: Well, I can learn, can't I? All great artists had to start somewhere.
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Thanks a million beforehand!

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