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Hospital Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Ashlie discuss different ways to ask for things and the expression ‘here you go’.

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Intermediate: B1

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thank you very much indeed :)

Thank you Peter!
It's all clear.
Bye!

Sorry, I made a mistake in the previous comment, I wrote "tel me" instead of "tell me". :-)
Regards

Hi,
Could you tel me why in the sentence "Would you mind getting me a bisquit, please?" you use the present continuous tense, please?
Thank you in advance.

Hello Debbybb,

This is not an example of the present continuous, but rather a present participle (-ing form). Certain phrases are always followed by -ing forms and the phrase 'Would you mind' is one of these.

For more information on -ing forms following certain verbs please see this page.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hi
could you please explain me the use of could or would where we use these words? as i always feel difficulty to use them as i am always afraid that i am using it on right place or not?
thanks

Hi mehru1,

These are examples of modal verbs which can each be used in multiple ways. For example, 'could' can be used to express past ability, possibility or permssion, it can be used in polite requests and to express deductions. It's not possible for us to explain so much in the comments section, I'm afraid - that is what our grammar pages are for.

The best thing to do will be to work through our grammar pages on modal verbs and then get back to us if you have any specific questions and we'll be happy to help. You can find pages on modal verbs here and here.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

thank you for your kind and quick reply :)

Longest one is most polite

Hello
to day i have learned alot about different way how request thinks actually, i known that before but i cannot recognize the polite question to another .
thanks a million

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