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Education Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Ashlie discuss how to use ‘going to’ and ‘will’ to talk about plans and make predictions.

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


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello dear team! Task 3 point 2 "I'm sure Germany are going to win" this is the correct answer according the tast but shouldn't we say "I'm sure Germany IS going to win"? in a singular way? Germnay is one country, I'm a little confused with this sentence.

Hello Joel-0505,

Nouns which describe institutions or organisations can be used as either singular or plural. For example:

The police is... [the police as an institution]

The police are... [the police as a group of police officers]


Other examples of nouns which function like this are institutions such as the army or the navy, sports teams (as in your example - Germany), music groups, governments, charities, pressure groups, trade unions and so on.



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Thank you very much Mr Peter! I always appreciate all your help and work. Regards!

I love the British accent, it sounds like music to me.

no comment at this stage

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This is such a helpful documentary for those who are having difficulty in using grammar during conversation.


Hello, Team.
I have a big concern about this phrase "this is more like it".
As Rob says : "We say 'this is more like it' or 'that is more like it' when something is better than it was before".
And my question is after you've solved my problem, is it appropriate to say "Thank you very much. This is more like it".
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you very much.