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Camden Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob talks about the sort of questions people ask when they go clothes shopping.

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.

Task 1

Language Task

Match the beginnings and endings.


Task 2

Language Task

Are the sentences from a clothes shop or from a restaurant?



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Thanks Peter very much!

Hi. Actually I have two questions. First, the greeting hiya is it informal? And the second, the phrase "have got" is it in past participle tense or is it in present tense? Thank you.

Hi Joan Portillo,

Yes, 'hiya' is very informal and is rarely written.

'Have got' looks like a present perfect form but it is treated as a verb in its own right. The form originally comes from the verb 'get' (with the sense of 'receive') but it is best thought of as a distinct verb meaning 'have' or 'possess'. For example, if I say 'I haven't got any money' it really means 'I don't have any money', not that 'I haven't received any money'. Indeed, I many have had money and spent it or lost it. Therefore we treat 'have got' as a separate verb and as a present simple form.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


That lesson is important. It is useful for me.

I am confused with "try on" too, in what situation that "try" and "on" can be separated?
Are these expressions correct:
"Can I try on it ?"
"Can I try the blue one on?"

Hello Will Smile Li,

'try on' is a separable phrasal verb. The objects of separable phrasal verbs can go between the verb and the particle, or after the particle -- e.g. both 'try the blue one on' and 'try on the blue one' are correct.

When the object is a pronoun, however, the pronoun can only go between the verb and the particle. In other words, 'try it on' is correct but *'try on it' is not. This rule is true of any separable phrasal verb.

This is explained in more detail on the page I linked to above.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I can't listening parts of this video very well, and i haven't found the "Transcript" in the page.
Could you add this function in, please?
Think you very much!

Hello Charles Ma,

We plan to add transcripts one day, but I'm afraid it's going to be some time before they are ready. In the meantime, if you have a question about a short segment or two, please feel free to ask us. We only request that you tell us what the time code is (e.g. 1:11–1:16).

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


I need some help. I don't understand the meaning or the function of the word "on" in this phrases:
Can I try on the blue ones please?
Can I try it on please?
We just can say "Can I try the blue ones please?"
It's about a grammar form?