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Loch Ness Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob talks about the passive voice, ways to ask people to wait and how people say 'want to' and 'going to'.

  Watch the video and then do the tasks.


Language level

Intermediate: B1



Hold your horses is a nice one! Do you know the meaning? Maybe I got it but I don't know if it is right. Let me know if you are consciousness of it.

Hello Vitru,

The Cambridge Dictionary has many common expressions such as 'hold your horses'. Please take a look -- if you have any other questions about it, please let us know.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Loch Ness scene is watched by many students.

Hi The Team, at 00:02, Ashlie says, 'Don't you ....' Could you please tell me the missing word and its meaning? Thank you very much.

Hi Aung Thet Naing,

The word is 'start'.

'Don't you start' is something we say when we know someone is going to criticise us or give us some advice, and we (jokingly) want to cut them off so we don't have to hear it.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

It's like taking a boat while on a bike tour in the country side to Hamburg like crossroad biking.

Will it be correct to say 'The shops are closed' in passive form, to mean that the shopkeepers have closed the shop?

Hello Adtyagrwl,

Yes, that is a correct sentence. 'Closed' can be an adjective or a past participle, so the sentence can be read in two ways:

The shops are closed - as an adjective, describing the shops

The shops are closed (by the owners every night at 6.00) - as a passive verb form

I hope that clarifies it for you. You can find more information on passive forms here.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your help, sir!