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Camden Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob explains question forms and expressions people use when they go shopping.

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

Task 1

Complete the questions with the right question word.


Task 2

Match the questions with the answers.


Task 3

Rearrange the words to make 'how' questions.


Task 4

Match the sentences with when we use them.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello, why are not there the text of the clip?

Hello Elnaz1367,

Each Word on the Street episode is made up of five parts. Three of these are intended for listening practice and we provide transcripts for these. The other two parts, which are the ones with 'Language Focus' in their titles, are designed to be mini-lessons with Rob. These are explanations and not listening texts so we do not include transcripts. The important thing with these sections is to understand the explanations and examples rather than to follow the text for listening comprehension.



The LearnEnglish Team 

Thank you so much for your response.

I have a question
Sir actually I am a government employee in India.My mother has recently gone under hip replacement surgery and I have borne all the expenses of surgery of my mother.In India a government employee is entitled to medical reimbursement if any one of his family member undergoes medical treatment including surgery etc but this medical reimbursement is governed by certain rules. As per these rules a family has been defined as:
Clause (e) "Family" means wife or husband, children including adopted children, step children and parents living with the government servant and wholly dependent upon him;
[Explanation:- Parents in the definition of family shall be treated as dependent on government servant provided own income of either parent does not exceed rupees 2500 per month.]
Later the above rule was ammended as:
The explanation below clause (e) shall be substituted by the following:-
"Parents in the definition of family will include only such parents whose monthly income does not exceed rupees 5000 per month."

From the above cited references what conclusion can be drawn.Is it monthly income only one parent or of both the parents. Please reply

Hello A H Wani,

I'd really like to help you with this, and I sincerely wish you the best with this difficult situation, but I'm afraid it's not clear to me. Given everything that you say, it sounds as if the rupees 5,000 is an aggregate, i.e. the income of both parents, but really you should check with some government authority figure to find out how it is interpreted by them.

I wish you and your family the best.

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

Also different sit in a classroom English. I love to learn here more than in a class.

Hello, I would like to ask a question;
Which one of the following is correct
1.Does anyone know where can I find a bookstore? or
2. Does anyone know where I can find a bookstore?
Thank you

Hello anasge,

The first option is correct. This is an example of a reported question and in reported questions we use normal word order, without any inversion.

You can read more about reported questions on this page.



The LearnEnglish Team

I read this example in grammar section:
My sister's got two young children.
Why did they use possessive (sister's), I mean is it incorrect to say :My sister got two young children??.
Do we have to use ('s) after My .
For example my uncle or my uncle's visited us yesterday???
I read the possessives but I can't understand the above mentioned example.
Thanks in advance :)

Hello Marwa1083,

In that sentence, the 's is a contraction of 'has', so the sentence is actually 'My sister has got two young children'. Does that make sense? You can find out more about 'has/have got' in this video.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team