Carlos and Sarah's second date doesn't turn out great either. Will their relationship work out?

Written by Chris Rose.


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Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Look at these three extracts from the recording and complete the rules with the words something or anything.
“You have something in common.”
“I'm not doing anything.”
“Are you doing anything?”

Then complete the conversation.


Task 4




Could you please tell whether following sentence correct or not?
(The mounds on the grounds are home to meerkats.)
I have a doubt about writing home without "s". Should it be Homes to meerkats?

Hello Isuru Lakmal Galappaththi,

I also would probably use the singular form 'home' here, or, to be honest, would probably rephrase the sentence to avoid this construction, which sounds a bit strange with both 'home' and 'homes'. For example, I might say 'The mounds are where the meerkats live' or 'Meerkats live in the mounds on the ground'. 'ground' refers to the earth in general, whereas 'grounds' refers to a specific area near a building (e.g., 'the school grounds', 'the company grounds'). I'm not sure which you mean here.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Krik,
Can we write singular nouns with are? If so please be kind enough to give some examples.
Best regards,

Hello Isuru,

Singular subject nouns that refer to groups of people (e.g. 'team', 'family', 'government') are very commonly followed by a plural verb in British English (e.g. 'My family have decided to move to Bristol'). Singular verbs are also possible (e.g. 'My family has decided to move to Bristol.') and are the norm in American varieties of English.

In the case of your sentence, the plural noun is the complement of the verb rather than the subject. In cases such as these, the verb normally agrees with the subject, irregardless of the number of the complement. As I said, native speakers often avoid these structures, since they end up sounding a bit odd.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you sir.

I can not identify which tense I use. can you clear past simple and present perfect.
when I say
I had not had internet pack that's why I did not reply you.
what did you learn today?
which subject of homework is your pending ?
pls correct my mistake

Hello neeta,

In your first two sentences, you use the past perfect ('I had not had'), the past simple ('did not reply', 'what did you learn'). I think the first sentence would make more sense with 'I didn't have' instead of 'I had not had'.

The present perfect is formed with 'has' or 'have' plus the past participle, e.g. 'What have you learned today?' is the same as your second sentence, but in present perfect instead of past simple.

Please follow the links (the words in green are linked) to pages on our site that explain these three tenses.

I'm afraid I don't understand your third sentence.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Who doesn't like the poetry? 'The Something in Common' of Emanuel E. García, Leaf Thoughts, One Hundred Poems, 2013 surprised me during browsing the internet. I never read it before but I think it is good fun to study with you because I can develop my knowledge about English literature what is my hobby and focus on English language too. Thank you for this idea.

Actually saying I like so so the football. But I am very interested in Figure Skating and Tennis. I am just sad that I can only few times watch this sport on TV.
But I am convinced that everyone of us should do in actively way the sport. Any of discipline. I am not good sportwoman but it makes me more happy. And more health.
So I would like to suggest to me and you less hours before TV and more with our passion.

I like the siet