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Episode 02: Hello Carlos!

Carlos, the aspiring chef, shows up out of the blue - but he might help save the café.

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Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

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Hello hayaalqasem,

The sentence 'I couldn't help overhearing' is used when you have heard something by accident which some others were saying.

I'm afraid the words you mention do not, in standard English, have plural forms.  When we talk of information, we can say:

a lot of information

some information

some pieces of information

but not an information or informations.

I wouldn't like to say why this is so.  It is really quite arbitrary - some words are simply uncountable and must be learned and remembered as such.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

thanks Peter but if you return to dictionary you will see this sentence

His researches in the field of disease prevention produced unexpected results.
(research ) here is plural in this sentence

Hello hayaalqasem,

Some normally uncountable words can be used with a countable meaning in certain contexts.  For example, we talk about 'sugar' (uncountable) when we are discussing what we use in the kitchen, but we talk about 'sugars' (countable) when we are discussing chemistry or biology - a much less common use.  'Research' is usually uncountable, but can be used to mean 'different studies/tests' in certain contexts, again less common.  However, many uncountable words are never used with a countable sense, such as 'information'.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

dear learn English team..
i wonder why the caterer said ( how do you mean ) and not said ( what do you mean ) to Olivia when he talk abut research ?
and thanx :)

Hello aladden.abu.zenah,

"How do you mean?" is another way of saying "What do you mean?" - in most cases, including this one, there's no difference in meaning between the two questions.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

thank you peter very much your comment was so useful .
thank you again

dear learn English team , I don't understand what dose tony mean when he repeats " told you so " before your answer I thank very much

Hello hamideh323,

We say 'told you so' when we have said something before, and events have proven us right.  If you look back at episode 1, Tony tells everyone about the plans to demolish the cafe, and so in this episode he is reminding them - in effect, he is saying 'see - I was right about this'.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish

Dear learn English team, what do we mean by 'shows up out of the blue' ?

I tried using the Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool, but I got this msg

Sorry, no search result for shows up out of the blue.

Tnx

Hello Mi Na,

The phrase 'shows up out of the blue' means 'arrive without any warning'.  You can find it in the Cambridge Online Dictionary, but need to break the sentence up a little so you are searching for phrases rather than the whole sentence: search first for 'show up' and then do a second search for 'out of the blue'.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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