Beautiful Christmas window displays are one way shops get into the Christmas spirit. Amandeep goes to Fortnum & Mason to see the work that goes into the displays and find out more about Christmas shopping.

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In the documentary, the presenter uses the present perfect continuous: 'Fortnum and Mason has been selling the finer things in life for over 300 years.' We use this form to describe activities which started in the past and continue to the present moment.





Hello everyone,
I think in my country the shops are trying to display in the windows the same things that they display in the UK,but now it depends what kind of shop it is,most of them their display their items that you can find in that shop.And they're nice decorated to attract as much people as they can.And the goods are decorated with colorful tinsel,and Father Christmas with his reindeers.
I have visited some British shops like Marks & Spencer, Morrison's.Mark & Spencer it was a shop that sells items like clothes and food and drinks and decorations for the house. and Morrison's as far as I know that is a shop like a grocery store which sells food fresh food vegetables,and almost all Goods that you need in the house.
to be honest I don't know where the tradition Christmas comes from in the UK but as I saw here in this episode they say comes from the Victorian era,or maybe is better to say in that period became more traditional.
Even if it's not Christmas. This episode brings me back some memories about the Christmas and I'm getting excited thinking about what kind of presents I will look for, for my family this year.

Shops put in their windows items that make us want to buy, or something beautiful, illuminated and attractive.
I don't know where British Christmas traditions come from.

Good afternoon, Team!
Could you, please, help me to find correct translation of word "scale".
What does it means in this sentence "And what are the challenges involved in designing something to this scale?"
Because i could not find it.
Thanks a lot for your help!
Best regards, Anastasia.

Hello Anastasia,

I'd recommend looking through the different meanings in the Cambridge Dictionary entry for 'scale'. In this case, I'd say it's probably the 'SIZE' meaning, though it could also possibly be 'MEASURE'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for explanation! it's very useful.
Have a nice day!
Best regards, Anastasia.

Hi Team. Help me with these, please..
Paul : Very, very. I start getting nervous about a week before.
Shouldn't Pual say : "I started getting" than "I start getting"?
I remember what Rob said :
"absolutely + strong adjective"
What about this one :
Woman 2 : It's absolutely beautiful, it's beautiful.
Does 'beautiful' include a strong adjective?
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you.

Hi Nizam Balinese,

Both 'I start' and 'I started' are possible. The first tells us that Paul always gets nervous about a week before an exam, and this is just another time. The second tells us about one specific case - a particular exam.

Beautiful is a grade adjective and can be modified with 'very', 'extremely, 'slightly' and so on. The stronger adjectives would be 'gorgeous' or 'stunning', for example, which would be modified with 'absolutely', 'completely' or 'utterly'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter.
Thank you for explaining.
Now I know the reason why Paul's chosen "start" than "started" in the sentence.
But for the second answer I'm still not sure.
Like you said, strong adjective of beautiful are stunning or georgous.
And the woman said "absolutely beautiful".
It's not correct, is it?

Hi Nizam Balinese,

'Beautiful' is generally used with the adverbs I mentioned, whereas you cannot use 'very' (for example) with the other adjectives ('stunning', 'gorgeous' etc). However, remember that people use language flexibly and non-standard forms do occur in natural interaction, as is the case here.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Ok then, thanks again Peter.