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Shopping is GREAT - Part 1

London has some of the world’s most famous department stores: Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and many others. Our presenter Richard visits them and also samples a smaller shop for a range of shopping experiences.

Tarea 1

In what order did Richard look at the following products?


Tarea 2

What's special about each shop or area?


Task 3

Match the beginnings and ends of these phrases.


Tarea 4

Richard said "If only they had it in my size". Type the correct form of the verb in the gap. Make it negative if necessary. 

We have a page on LearnEnglish about the use of 'if only'.




Nivel de idioma

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hi A-S,

I'm afraid I don't see the sentence you ask about in any of the tasks on this page. It seems that it should be in Task 4, but I don't see it there. Could you please tell me where you see it?

In any case, 'had nagged' (or 'hadn't nagged') seems to be the best answer to me. If you can tell me which task this sentence is found in, I would be grateful and certainly will fix it.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have a query about the last question in Part 4: "If only you...angry". The answer states that the correct formulation is 'hadn't got' or 'had not got'. However, this sounds very stilted for me, and when speaking, native English speakers would say 'hadn't gotten angry', as it flows better. In such a situation, where the 'correct' formulaion differs from the 'everyday', colloquial formulation, would you acccept the colloquial formulation, and if not, why not?

Hello Calanteli,

'Gotten' is the equivalent of 'got' (past participle) in certain dialects of US English. but it is not used in British English. The phrase 'hadn't got' is not formal-sounding to my ear. A more formal equivalent would be the uncontracted 'had not got'. You could also use a more formal-sounding verb ('had not become').

None of these forms are incorrect. It is simply a question of appropriacy and to judge whether or not something is appropriate we need to know the context in which it is used, the relationships of the speakers and so on.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I would like to ask your support about this matter.
I really don't understand the difference in meaning using I wish/If only + past simple or I wish + would.
In both cases it means you are regret for something in the present that you would like to be different. It refers to something that it can't even happen in the future.
When do I have to use the one and when the other?
Thanks a lot for your great job.

Hi Marco,

Generally, we use [if only/wish + past simple] to talk about an imaginary present. For example:

I wish it was warmer today.

If only the house had a bigger garden!


We use [if only/wish + would] when we want to emphasise that there is an element of choice about the future. For example:

I wish he wouldn't do that.

If only he would agree to meet is.


We would not say this:

I wish it would be warmer today.

The reason for this is that there is no choice involved. The weather is not sentient and does not choose to be warm or cold. We can imagine a non-sentient thing to be sentient (anthropomorphisation), however, and say:

I wish it would stop raining!

Again, this refers to the present.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Here in my country, Viet Nam, the shopping is basically similar to London with the mega mall, long street that have hundreds of luxury adjacent shops. As a developing country, there are many famous brand entering to Viet Nam for a potential market but at this time almost people just come to have a look for the expensive things that only famous and rich can afford. We only really go shopping there at the sale seasons when shops make their total clearance at everything that what I like to go shopping at my country and I think London people so :)

Hello everyone..
☆ What are the differences between shopping in London and shopping where you live?
- I'm living in a town, called Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia. Shopping in my place where I live is a little different from shopping in London. There's no big malls with airconditioning that you can stay in to escape the heat. Instead, traditional shops and markets are seated around on different streets. I love to just walk around before or after dinner when the temperatures are a bit more comfortable and see what they have to offer. However, we also have world class malls in our big capital city. It will take you two and a half hours to get there.
☆ Tell us what you like about shopping in your country and what could be better?
- The cost of living in my place is low, and so are prices... A lot of things are low prices. Even the most exclusive high end products will be considerably cheaper than what you would pay anywhere else, particularly London and Europe. Silver, handicraft, art work, painting, fashion&clothes, furniture, snack&candy, you name it... our traditional shops and markets offer flexible prices, making the best deals possible for those with bargaining skills.

actually there is no comparison between shopping in my country and shopping in London , cause we miss the variety i saw in this video

I do not know why english people like so many kinds of hat.

wow we too have traditional hats, like the Pakul for southern regions :)