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Education Scene 2

Stephen decides he’s going to fix up an old banger and gets Ashlie to help him. There’s just one small problem ...

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Dear Kirk,
you are all an excellent Team,that we rarely-or nowhere- meet in such a free-education relationship.I'm really feeling lucky that I've met you all online and I can take such a free education and help in my English study.I' m sure that I' m not expressing only my own esteem but all of us who have been related with you with any way and in any time.Keep going on.Our best thanks to English Council as well for all this educational support.

Hello Nikoslado

Thanks very much for letting us know that you find our work helpful. That's what we're here for and we are very glad to do it!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Team,
I think the Tasks, which require to fill the gaps with the correct words or sentences , should be more flexible in some way,[ I'm not sure if there is- technically- such a way].I mean it's too tricky and difficult for someone to remember exactly the same words with exactly the same writing way-for example ''they are'' instead of ''they're'', ''to get'' instead of ''to have'' or ''to buy''....etc.Would it be technically possible or not?
Differently, we have to do something like ''copy - paste'' work.
What do you think of it ?
Ever thankful to all of your Team.

Hello Nicoslado

Thanks for your suggestion. It is technically possible to allow for multiple correct answers in an exercise where you write the answers in and I've added a couple to this exercise. But please know there is nothing wrong with looking back at the transcript to find the exact words that are said, and I believe that is the point of this particular exercise. Sometimes words that might seem to be synonyms (e.g. 'to have' instead of 'to get') would not be correct or natural. Other times they are correct, but there is a good reason to use the exact words Steven and Ashlie say -- for example, 'to buy' means the same as 'to get', but 90% of the time, native speakers will say 'to get' instead of 'to buy'.

This page is one of our older pages and is due for revision at some point. In our revision, I expect we will change the exercise to require only two or three words in each gap to make it a bit more manageable.

Thanks again for your suggestions here and on other pages. You've helped us improve many pages and we always appreciate the feedback.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

My fathers liked to buy second hand cars, actually in this time the economic situation of my country was running very bad and a few people could buy a new one. Once my father and me bought a second hand VW beetle, my father as Dentist and me in my 20's didn't know about mechanics, we asked a support to my cousin, he is a teacher but he had a other beetle in good condition, so he recommend to buy it. Definitely it needed change some spares and ran not as my father expect but ran and got the my father could move around as he needed.

Hi Team.
"Come on, Ashlie. Let's get started."
Why does it use started not start?
Could you please explain?
Thank you.

Hello Nizam,

The key here is that Stephen says 'get started' (not just 'started'). 'get started' means the same as 'start'; the verb in 'get started' is 'get', which is in the base form here. Stephen could have said 'Let's start' as well, but 'get started' is more common in informal situations.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I can get at least 80% corect tasks, however I can't catch up the clip. what sould i do?

Hello lenhu,

You should keep practising! However, remember that it is normal to not understand absolutely everything we hear, even in our own language. A key skill to listening is to be able to understand the message which is being communicated even if we do not catch every word - this is something you must do when you are communicating normally in the real world, so it is good practice for you to try to cope in this way.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

People buy second-hand cars when they are on vacation in another country or when their car broke down. Old cars break down more than new ones.