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Loch Ness Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob talks about using past and present verb forms with 'if', in what we call 'conditional sentences'.

 Watch the video and then do the tasks.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


how can i watch the video i can't watch it
anyone helps me
i wanna learn pronunciation. Is there any special courses from british council? and how much does it cost?
i wanna speak english as well as arabic. how can i speak like native speakers?
thanks alot

Hi everyone
I'm here to learn language. I have a question about grammatically. Who can help me please answer back. 
Thank you
The question is I have seen the sign board in front of the restaurant "May Fair bar's  been moved to 2nd floor opposite site with Daiichi restaurant till  renovation will finish"
I'm mention about the bold type, I wonder that is present perfect or present perfect continuous tense? and why is that tense?
Thank you for your kindness.

The full form (without contraction) of that phrase would be 'Mayfair Bar has been moved to...'
So, you can see that it's the present perfect. If you look at our grammar page on the present perfect, you can hopefully see why it is used.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Everybody,
I would like to know that difference about between "might" and "might be able to".
For Eg.: I might not come tomorrow. / I might not be able to come tomorrow.
What is the difference between these two sentences?
Thank you very much indeed,

Hello Kenan,
The two sentences are very close, but there is a small difference.
In 'I might not come tomorrow' we have no information about the reason why the speaker is possibly not coming tomorrow. Perhaps she is feeling sick or perhaps she doesn't really want to come. We don't know.
In 'I might not be able to come tomorrow' we know that the reason is that something might stop the speaker from coming.
I hope that helps.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

so thanks ,. that's very clear

Hi Jack,
Thanks very much  for the explanation, yes I am clear now.
Warm regards,

I am Sopagna, I saw the video it was great. It is helping me to know more clear about condition. By the way, may I ask you about the usage of " if I were you" and " if I was you"? Thanks 

Hi Sopagna

This is an interesting bit of grammar. Students in my classes often ask me about this. In normal use, they are both the same. I think that "If I were you" is more common. On one website, I read that Americans consider "If I was you..." to be wrong, but I only read that on one site. 

If I were you, I would use "if I were you" rather than "if I was you". I don't think that the meaning changes significantly between the two (though if there are any grammarians that can explain this better, I would be keen to hear about it). 

I think the most challenging part is the pronunciation. Native speakers often squeeze the words together so that it sounds more like /faɪwəju:/.

Hope that helps.


The LearnEnglish Team 

hi, there is a problem. 'check answer' button is not working. ı finished all tasks after that click here but is no answer? sometimes it happen. why why why?