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Episode 01

Philip is the CEO of WebWare, an IT company. He needs to hire a new sales director as soon as possible.

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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Hello LearnEnglish team,
Sometimes I face with some sentences which are a little bit confusing and strange to me. For example in this video Philip says: 'I’m going to have to let you go'.
Why he doesn't simply say: 'I'm going to let you go' or 'I have to let you go' ?

Hello RezAref,

By saying 'have to', Philip suggests that he has no choice -- the situation requires him to let Brian go. By saying 'going to' he is a bit more indirect, which is a common way of being more polite in English. For example, we can say 'Can you help me?', but 'Could you help me?' ('could' being a past or conditional form of 'can') is more polite.

Brian doesn't quite believe it and so Philip has to say it directly in the end.

I hope this helps.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, why is used "a masters" ? Isn't it correct to say "a master"?
Thank you.
Regards

Hello Cinzia,

This is short for 'master's degree'. It is extremely commonly used. Saying 'master' means something else (something like an 'expert') and wouldn't be correct here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hi,
can we use,
I told you should to improve
instead of
I told you then it had to improve

Hi Anwr,

The sentence should not have 'should to':

I told you to improve.

or

I told you that you should improve.

 

This would mean that the person has to get better - in other words, they have to improve themselves (their performance, their work etc).

If you want the person to make something better then you would have an object:

I told you to improve it.

I think this is probably the sentence you are looking for, but it is hard to be sure without knowing exactly what you are trying to say and in what context.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

thanks for explanation

Thanks ..it was useful informations

Hi
I have a question.. according to my informations that we cannot use( it ) for people
we can say it is a desk
so why Philip said when he called Marcia : Hi Marcia .It,s Philip here
Why he didn,t say : Hi Marcia. I am Philip.
Regards

Hi Khaled v,

Generally you are correct that we do not use 'it' to refer to people. However, there are some exceptions to this rule and introducing yourself on the telephone is one of these. You can read more about this on this page.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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