Harry is going to ask a very important question and Carlos has a piece of good news to share. Is it going to be a happy ending? Written by Chris Rose.


Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

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Task 1

Task 2

Look at this sentence from the audio.

I’m sorry – I thought it was planned.

We form the passive with the verb 'to be' in the right tense and the past participle.


Task 3




Hello lydia aqua marina,

'Altogether' means 'in total' or 'as a whole'.

'All together' means 'everyone together'.

For example:

'We'll finish it altogether soon.' [= We'll finish it completely soon.]

'We'll finish it all together by next week.' [= We'll finish it soon with everybody working together.]

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

thank's MR Peter
have a nice day ! ^^

Harry: Guess so. Ready as I’ll ever be.
Johnny: Got the ring and everything?

"Ready as I'll ever be."
"Got the ring and everything?"
---What do these two sentences mean? Thanks in advance.

Hello xiaokaoy,

These sentencs are examples of ellipsis, i.e. leaving out words, which is quite common in informal speech such as that between these two friends. The full versions are:

'Have you got the wedding ring and everything else?'
'I'm as ready as I'll ever be.'

Harry's about to get ready and is nervous, but he still feels ready to get married. Johnny's is trying to help him remember to take the wedding ring.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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Hello Nataley,

I've checked the activity and it seems to be working fine. It may be a temporary issue so could you check it again, please? If it still isn't working then try using a different device - a laptop or desktop computer, for example - as sometimes there may be a compatibility issue, especially if you are using a mobile device such as a phone or tablet.

Please let us know if this solves the problem for you.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Good morning, Peter,

I've tried now the laptop, like yesterday, and nothing worked again. However I open the page on the tablet and everything is working!!)) wonderful.

Thank you, best wishes to you too.

Hi Peter and Kirk,

I'm new into this site, I wonder if you both can help me to explain why my Vocabulary activity dosn't work properly it's always show me process only, it never show me the information inside.

Best Wishes,

Hello Leste,

We recently changed the format of our exercises and there are some users who are having technical problems. Are you by chance using an older version of Internet Explorer? If so, and actually in any case, I'd recommend trying a different browser to see if that solves the problem. If not, please let us know what kind of device, operating system and browser (plus the version number) you're using and we'll do our best to help you.

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