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 ssoniacs,

In most contexts these two alternatives are interchangeable. There may be some contexts in which one or the other is more common, but I cannot think of any in which either would be wrong.

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In the last sentence, She should be finished soon. Does "She" refers to the flat or Celia?.

Hello Valoiss,

she refers to Celia in this sentence. To refer to the flat, you would have to use the pronoun it, since the flat is a thing and therefore has no gender.

In general, the pronoun it (or they if plural) is used to refer to things. There are a few exceptions to this - for example, sometimes sailors refer to a ship with the pronoun she - but it is also correct in these cases and is what I recommend my students use whenever they need to speak about an inanimate object.

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Ive been studying for two hours without having any break. So i think time to do something different. Because i fed up :(

Hello Zeyy,

You're working hard, which is good, but breaks are important!  Research suggests that we get more done and learn more efficiently with regular breaks, so take around ten minutes every hour or so and it will help you to keep fresh and make your time as productive as possible.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hallo, my name is Elena. I love Christmas decoration. Fairy lights are so beautiful.
But the Christmas tree is the best! We love to receive Christmas presents.It is the
most exiting part of Christmas.

Very nice video.

first time to exam my English reading skill level, i think my grammar need to learning more it.

well, I think that You should say:"our family have been living ... for nearly 200 years." because have lived point a fact that your familiy lived there 200 years ago but saying "have been living" emphasizes the continuity of the action in a period of time in this example since 200 years until nowadays.

Why can't we simply say: "Our family have lived in this village for early 200 years" instead of "have been living"?
And what's the difference between the two tenses?