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Hello.
Could you please help me? which one of the following 2 sentences is correct.
Please, could you explain?
"I am soaking wet."
"I am soaked wet."
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam

The first one ('soaking') is correct. This is just the way we say it; it means you are completely wet.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. I have just read the following sentence. Is "tradition" suitable here?
"The tradition of lighting the Olympic flames goes back centuries."
Is it correct or better to use "custom"?
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam

Both words are fine in that context. If I had to choose one, I would probably choose 'tradition', since it more clearly includes the idea of a behaviour being passed on over time.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello.
Could you help understand the difference between the following adjectives: sports, sporty, sporting? I have been reading about them but in vain.
Thank you

Hello Ahmed Imam

'sports' is a noun, though when used with another noun (e.g. 'sports equipment'), it works like an adjective. It tells you what kind of thing the noun is -- in this case, it's not mining equipment, construction equipment, it's equipment used for sports.

'sporty' and 'sporting' are both in the dictionary. As you can see, they can mean different things in different contexts, but in general, someone who is sporty is good at sport. 'sporting' is sometimes used like 'sports' (e.g. you can say 'sports event' or 'sporting event' -- they mean the same thing) and at other times refers to a person's attitude towards sport, though this usage is uncommon.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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How are you my friends?
Where can I found the game?

Hello Bader1664

At the moment, this game only works if you have flash installed and enabled in your browser. Many browsers, especially on mobile devices, do not have Flash installed, and many web browsers on computers have it installed but disabled, so I'd suggest you check your browser configuration. Once Flash is working in your browser, the game should work -- I've just checked and it works for me.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello.
1- Both of my parents are at home today. It’s a holiday.
2- Neither of my parents are at home today. It’s a holiday.
I think (1) is correct but some colleagues argue that (2) is also correct as "holiday" means "journey" or "travel".
What do you think?
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam
Both sentences are grammatically correct. Your colleagues are right in thinking that the word 'holiday' can refer to a period of time when you don't go to work, but it's a little unusual to say 'It's a holiday' to explain this. You can see examples of how the word is typically used in the Cambridge Dictionary (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/holiday) or the Longman Dictionary (https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/holiday).
I found 2 a little bit surprising because when we say 'It's a holiday', we're usually referring to the other meaning of 'holiday', i.e. to refer to a special day when schools, banks and most shops close rather than the time we have away from work to travel, for example.
That's not a very simple answer to your question, but I hope it helps you and your colleagues make sense of how to use the word 'holiday'!
Best wishes
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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