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




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Task 4 is not easy...

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