Everyone, including Harry's new girlfriend, is thinking of ways to keep Tony's café, but Magda's new job is to tear it down!

Written by Chris Rose.

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Fadi: You can talk to me if he doesn’t show up!
In this sentence I don't understand the meaning of "if he doesn’t show up"

Hello daizykiran,

'show up' is an extremely common phrasal verb -- please check the dictionary for words you don't know.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk,
It`s nice to be here and study with you. I have a question to ask here. Most of time we should not use preposition in front of "here".But why you use "in here" in this text?
Thanks!

Hello lussysong,

It's true that 'here' is also correct (and more common) than 'in here' in this context, but 'in here' is also OK. 'in here' can be a bit more specific, referring to the inside of the café, for example. To be honest, I'm not sure why Fadi and Bindyu say it here, as I would probably just use 'here'. I hope that is clear! If not, please let us know.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much

Dear E team,
one question A teacher is teaching to the students. A teacher is teaching students.
which sentence is correct.

Dear English language team,
Harry says; A big building company are building new flats behind here.
in the above sentence A big building company is singular, why he use are after a big builder company. example A teacher is teaching to the students. not A teacher are teaching to the students.

Hello again Omer Gul,

In British English, when a singular noun refers to a group of people, the verb is often put in the plural. Since a big company has many people in it, the verb is plural; the same often happens with subjects such as 'government', 'team', etc.

A teacher is one person, so a singular verb is the only form that makes sense there. 'to' is not used after 'teach' – the correct sentence is 'A teacher is teaching the students'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello teacher,
"Having a criminal record is the biggest obstacle out there to getting a job"
1/Could you please help me on the meaning of "out there" in the above sentence?
2/The Verb-ing "getting" was used in above sentence in stead of to infinitive "get". Could you please advise me on this? Thank you so much in advance.

Hello myuyen,

'out there' means something like 'in society' here. The -ing form of 'get' is used here because it follows the preposition 'to'. In other words, 'to' is not part of an infinitive, but rather a preposition.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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