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Music Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob and Ashlie discuss her gig, indirect questions, the present perfect and sentences with ‘I bet’.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello, sir. Could you please explain to me, in task 3, the last two sentences, why those answers but not the other way around?

Hello quoc hung,

In the penultimate question, the speaker says 'What do you want me to do next?' This tells us that they have finished chopping the onions and so the present perfect simple is needed; the present perfect continuous would tell us that the job is not yet finished.

In the last question, the focus is on the activity (chopping) and its effects rather than the result (a pile of onion ready for use), so the continuous form is preferred.



The LearnEnglish Team

Ashlie is so beautiful, pretty girl! I love her!)))

Hello Team.
Help me solve this problem, please.
Stephen : The one that goes 'duh, nuh, nuh, nuh'? That one's my favourite too.
Stephen wants to describe one of songs in the concert that :
A. He's just been seeing
B. He's just been seen
C. He's just been to see
D. He saw recently
Which ones are correct?
Whould you like to explain?
Thank you very much.

B. He's just seen

Hello Nizam,

Two of those sentences are correct. Which ones do you think they are, and why?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Nizam,

Well done! You're right -- both answer B and answer D are possible here, for the reasons you indicate. By using a past simple form, you show that you imagine the action belong to a past, finished time. This time could be years ago, or it could be just a few moments ago -- the past simple doesn't tell us how long ago it was, it just tells us that the speaker sees the time as finished.

The present perfect, especially with 'just', clearly indicates that we see the time as connected with the present time in some way. Again, exactly when it was is not specified, but we see it as connected with the present.

Good work!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team