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Murder Mystery Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie go away for a Murder Mystery Weekend and find the first victims.

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Intermediate: B1

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Hello and thanks for the amazing website.... Stephen said in the scene: we should go and register, you know, meet the other people that are playing. why did he use that and not who are playing. I don't know when to use who and when to use that. your answer is most appreciated

Hello thalia aydek,

In defining relative clauses we can use both 'who' and 'that' for people, and both 'which' and 'that' for things. In the sentence above, therefore, both are possible.

In non-defining relative clauses we cannot use 'that'.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!
Please, could you clear me one point. At the beginning Ashlie said: “ I can’t wait to get started”.
Is “to get started” the stable expression?
And I don’t understand this structure: to get + started (V is in the past form). Why is it in this way?
TIA.

Hello Alexandra,

Yes, 'get started' is a common expression, similar to 'get lost', 'get hurt', 'get cheated' and so on.

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Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

 

"he did look dead" why is there verb 'did'? Could it be said "he looked like dead"?
TIA.

Hello Alexandra Brie,

We usually use the auxiliary 'did' (or 'do') in questions and negatives rather than in affirmative sentences. However, it is possible to use an auxiliary verb like this as a way of adding emphasis, especially when something has been contradicted or is hard for someone else to accept. For example:

He lives there.

Really? I don't believe you.

Honestly, He really does live there.

Your example means the same as 'He looked dead' but is an emphatic form.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter,
Thank you very much for the perfect explanation!

Yes, I’ve learned about using do/does/did in negative and interrogative sentences for a group of Indefinite Tenses.
And now I know that it can be used for affirmative snt. too as emphasis.
English is a really wonderful language!

If I’ve understood right the grammar structure is:

S + do / does / did (according to Tense and S) + V (infinitive of a main verb) + ……

Is it right?
TIA.

Hi Alexandra,

Yes, that's correct!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I really like mystery novels, my favorites are Agatha Christie's books... They're very interesting and unexpected... I like Edgar Allan Poe and Oscar Wilde too.
Well my favorite detective is Hercules Poirot, he has an excellent mind and understanding, he could be a perfect psychologist

hi to all, i noticed the following expression : i was about to say. what does it mean?

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