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Transport and Travel Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob the teacher talks about using the present perfect to describe events and experiences.

 Watch the video and then do the tasks.

Task 1

Language Task

Rearrange the words into the correct order.


Task 2

Language Task 2

Read the questions and select the right forms of the verbs.


Task 3

Language Task 3

Choose the correct words to complete the sentences.


Task 4

Language Task 4

Rearrange the words to make correct sentences.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


What did Stephan say at 3:25 ?

Hello May Thida Su,

'Have you ever had a better student than me?'

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi! in the task number 2, I get confused because some verbs are in past simple and others are in past perfect, so which is the difference in the phrases and how can I know when I have to use PS or PP tense? thanks!

Hi Julietapg,

This is explained in some detail on our talking about the past page. Please take a look there, as I think that will help you understand it. But if you have any other specific questions after that, please don't hesitate to ask us!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there
In this video 1:01 - 1:14 the techer said if you don't know how to say something in English find another way to get your message across for example :
How do you say that in English ?
What do you call this in English?
In the first example he use "How" and the second example use "What". Why is that? Is it because of verb "say" so you use "How" question ?
I just know two ways to ask and both of them use " What" question like this :
What do you call this in English ?
What's this called in English?
Could you explain it to me, please? Thanks

Hello XuMinHa,

Yes, it's because of the different verbs: 'say' in the first question and 'call' in the second question. More specifically, the verb 'say' already has an object in that question -- the word 'that' is the object. 'how' is therefore used to speak about the manner in which you say something. 

In the other question, 'what' is the object of the verb 'call'. Both of the questions you already knew are correct.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have ______ done well in exams, even when I haven’t studied for them!
My answer is wrong, because I answered by never.
I don't understand the sentences.(if I didin't study I have always done well in exams)

Hello Bkh73,

The correct answer here is 'always'. The reason for this is the word 'even', which shows that there must be some element of surprise or contrast in the sentence. For example:

I drive very carefully even when I am in a hurry.

Being in a hurry normally means people rush and are less careful, but this sentence tells us that despite being in a hurry I am still careful. Your example is similar: Despite not studying you still pass your exams.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there! It is really difficult to understand the last Stephen's phrase. Did he say "Have you ever had a student better than me?". Is it right? If not, could you transcript it? Thank you

Hello Marcelo Touché,

That's correct! Well, he says 'Have you ever had a better student than me?' (slightly different word order). We're happy to help you understand short pieces from these videos with Rob -- just let us know what the time code is (e.g. 3:25-3:27) and we can help you.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team