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Big Meal Scene 2 Language Focus

Rob talks to Ashlie about a range of uses of the verb get.

Watch the video and then do the tasks.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2



In task 3, first sentence, i thought the correct way is "It is getting hot" because my teacher once said, never say "I am hot" since it is the way to express that you are sexy. Please explain it for me, thank you very much.

Hello quoc hung,

It is perfectly fine to say 'I'm hot'. In colloquial language (slang) it can have other meanings (sexy, in good form, having a lucky day), but that does not mean it has lost its original meaning.



The LearnEnglish Team

When is Isa due ? What does that means ?


When we say that something is due we are talking about when it is expected or should be here. For example, we might say that a train is due at a certain time (according to the timetable). We can say the same thing about people:

Peter is due to arrive at 11.00.

Peter is due at 11.00.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

So why it's said in task 3 'she's getting to big' what is the link ?


In this context 'When is Isabelle due?' has a particular meaning. It means that Isabelle is pregnant and the question is asking when the baby is expected. That is why the comment is 'She is getting really big' - because she is nearly at the end of her pregnancy!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter, I was also looking for this answer.

Thank you very much indeed

Hi there,

I'd like to clarify why we can't use 'have got' for
'I have difficulty speaking in English'. Based on the explanation given, 'have got' can only be used for things and not action. The use here seems to refer to things not actions, so I'm confused as to why it cannot be used.