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York Scene 2 Language Focus

Rob and Stephen enjoy talking about grammar, so stop to watch them discuss verbs followed by gerunds, v-ing, and infinitives, to + verb, as well as chat about too and very.

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


my trouble is at (2.45),


best wishes

Hi Rosario,

sometime the learners really drive me crazy,

I understand what is your point-Rob says " see what I mean" that means you understand what I'm saying?

I hope it clarifies you


Hello rosario70,

What kind of trouble do you mean?  Is it trouble understanding what is said, or trouble with the grammar point being explained?  If you can be a little more specific then we'll try to help you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

in the middle of launguage focus i hear rob saying (se our me?) i don't manage to understand what rob is saying, may someone help me?

thanks ,

best wishes

Hi rosario70,

I'm afraid I'm not sure which part of the video you're referring to. Could you please tell us the time code (e.g. 2:34 or 3:03) when Rob says the sentence you're asking about?

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everybody! I love "Word on the Street" series, it's so amazing and so useful. Why don't you publish some new videos?

Then, i've trouble about this subject: is there any trick to remember when a verb is followed by TO INFINITIVE and when a verb is followed by ING? For example I WANT TO EAT / I LIKE EATING -----> why a verb is followed by To Infinitive and why a verb is followed by Ing?

Thank you very much indeed

Hello Doctor Danny,

I'm afraid there is no simple rule to learn for this; it's necessary to learn the patterns for each verb.  However, we do have several pages which can help you with this, providing lists of verbs for each pattern, examples and exercises:

verbs followed by -ing clauses

verbs followed by to + infinitive

verbs followed by that clause

I hope those links are helpful for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everyone! i liked this listen i get it :) thank you very much

I think I hear Rob and Stephen said, ".... too too..." at the near end of this clip and I can't find it in online dictionaries. Could you please explain me about this usage?
Thanks you very much.

Hello Aung Thet Naing,
You've got good hearing!  He does indeed say 'too... too' but I think it's just a stutter or a stammer, which happens to all of us sometimes.
Well done for catching that!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team