Stephen and Ashlie continue their adventures in Stratford, Shakespeare's birthplace. Stephen finds out the truth about his new job and Ashlie meets her Romeo!

Task 1

Task 2

We use 'such' before nouns and 'so' before adjectives:

  • Stephen: It's such a famous theatre. ('theatre'=noun)   
  • Ashlie: You're so lucky. ('lucky'=adjective)


Task 3

We use 'had better' to mean 'should'. For example:

  • Stephen: I'd better go in and find the director.
  • Ashlie: I think I'd better go.





Sir, In a sentence Ashlie says " I can't wait to see you on stage" Now the question is why doesn't she say 'On The Stage' besides On stage ?

Hello SonuKumar,

Ashlie could say 'on the stage', but that would be a bit unusual. Here 'stage' is similar to other nouns like 'school' and 'hospital' -- we often leave out 'the' before these words, especially when we're thinking not so much of the place as what we do in that place. In other words, Ashlie's not so concerned with the exact physical location on the stage (notice how I used 'the' here in talking about physical location) as much as she is thinking about what they'll be doing on stage, i.e. acting.

This is a subtle difference and doesn't follow the typical rules for using 'the' with nouns, so don't be discouraged if it takes some time to make sense of this.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Could be interesting to see Stratford, it looks simple and enjoyable.
I've been in England twice but every time in London and further I hope to visit some other English cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, New Castle etc..

I have seen some of Shakespeare's plays: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venise, Much Ado about Nothing, ecc.

With reference to question about the unpleasant jobs, it happens to me only once, but, fortunately, this job didn't last very long.

I've never seen any Shakespeare play. I just saw a movie on TV, It was Romeo and Juliet.
However, I'd like to visit Stratford, it looks amazing.

I think Shakespeare's plays are very good. But I've never watched them live.

Stratford & Royal Shakespeare Company

Hello Peter.
Could you tell me where the information about had better is?
Thank you.

Hello Paty,

I don't think we've got a page dealing with that particular phrase. It's used to give advice about the present or future, especially in response to some situation. The form is 'had better + infinitive (without 'to'). For example:

(a person coughs)

You had better go to the doctor. That sounds serious.

(the sky becomes overcast)

We'd better go inside. It's going to rain.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


Thank you very much Peter.
Best wishes,