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Sport Scene 2

Stephen and Ashlie run the half-marathon but disagree about how to win the medal. Who’s going to win?

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the first Task. Watch the video again and do the remaining activities. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

We can use 'be about to' to say that something will happen in the near future. For example, Stephen says:

  • You're late! The race is about to start.

This means: 

  • The race will start soon.


Task 4


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello English Team
Could you explain me that what is the difference between take off and take-off
The first one is verb and the second one is noun isn't it?
I would appreciate if you can give me a few more examples about this topic.
I am looking forward to hearing from you
Thank you so much

Hello musashow17,

You are correct: take off is a verb and take-off is a noun.

I'm not sure what else there is to say about this topic. There are other examples of phrasal verbs with 'off' which follow this pattern but not all of them do:

The football match kicked off at 3.00 / The kick-off was at 3.00

The conman ripped her off / It was a rip-off



The LearnEnglish Team

I got it
Thank you for your explanation
Have a nice day

Stephen is too confident, and this is not the right behaviour to have in something like this.
When you run a marathon you have to be very determinate and very strong.

u must be fun at parties XD

Ash will win cause Steve is not used to training hard, so he pretended to do his exercises.
You can win if you follow a training programme for a long period, eat healthily.

I think Ashly is going to sin the race.

I think Ashlie will win the race, you should keep your control and performance.

I think Ashlie will win the race
You must keep your energy all the marathon

This was very enjoyable and it was obvious that Ashlie was going to win.