In this video, four Premier League players talk about how they use English and why it is important to them.

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Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the Tasks. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Collocations

Choose the correct word to complete each phrase. Careful! One phrase has no missing word. For this phrase, choose '-'.

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Task 2

Who said what?

In this activity, you have to read a quote from the video and select the player who said it.

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Task 3

Sentences

Rearrange the words to make sentences.

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Look at these two sentences given below
1. After playing for an hour , he went home.
2. Playing for an hour , he went to home .

As far as i know in first sentence 'playing' is a gerund because it is the object of preposition 'after' . In second sentence 'playing' is a participle because there is no preposition before it. If i am wrong please make me correct . i want to know what is the difference in the meaning of these two sentences .

Hello jessica,

You're right about the grammar, i.e. 1 is a gerund and 2 is a participle, for the reasons you state. 1 is a very ordinary sentence. I don't think you'd hear or see 2, because the sentence seems to indicate a sequence of events (first playing, then going home) and the participle clause doesn't indicate this. The perfective form 'Having played for an hour, he went home' would indicate this clear sequence and you might find people using this form, though more likely in writing than speaking. In general, participle clauses such as these are quite formal and fairly rarely used. Sentence 1 is far more common, even in writing nowadays.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

India's nationalists are yet to develop a mindset BEFITTING the citizenry of a global power .
In what way befitting is used here ? As far as i know it should be a part of reduced relative clause because we can write it as ( mindset that befits ) . If ' befitting ' would have been linked with noun 'India's nationalists' , in that case it would be a part of adverbial phrase .
Make me correct if i am wrong .

Hello jessica,

Yes, that's right: in this case 'befitting' is part of a reduced relative clause. I'm afraid I don't know exactly what you mean by 'befitting' being linked with the noun phrase 'India's nationalists' as an adverbial phrase.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

What is the difference between the meaning of these two sentences given below.
1 . Seeing the snake , the man ran away .
2. Having seen the snake , the man ran away.

Hello jessica_22,

The second sentence implies more of a sequence of events, whereas the first one is more ambiguous about the timing of the events. It could be the same as in 2 – and this would be logical – but the grammar is ambiguous.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

What is the difference between the meaning of these two sentences given below
1. Unwrapping a candy bar , Fenster didn't see the impending danger.(Particle)
2. After unwrapping a candy bar , Fenster didn't see the impending danger .(Gerund)

Hello jessica,

The dependent clauses in both sentences describe time. In the first, Fenster didn't see the danger while he was unwrapping, whereas in the second, it's talking after. Participle clauses don't always refer to time, but in this pair of contextless sentences that's what makes the most sense to me.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir , i have some problem with these two sentences given below .
1 . I had no problem WALKING to school with my grandmother.
2. Yoga helps students and teachers IN IMPROVING their posture .

Now the question is should not we use a prepostion like in/at before Walking in first sentence as we did it in second sentence using 'IN' before Improving .
As far as i know it may be because of Gerund and participle phrase as gerund has a prepostion before it but participle doesn't . This is the thing i have learnt reading grammar through various sources .
If i am wrong please make me correct.
Even while writing all this i have wrote a sentence "this is the thing i have learnt reading grammar through various sources". Shouldn't we use a preposition before 'Reading' . This is the problem that occurs often while i try to write something in english.

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