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Do the Preparation task first. Then do the first two Tasks while watching the video. After that, try the third Task. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

We can use 'I don't think' to express a negative opinion in a more polite way. For example, Ashlie thinks, 'Poppy doesn't understand (–)'.
But she says, 'I don't think (–) she understands (+).

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Intermediate: B1

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I would like to have a pet
It would be like skill show

I don't have a pet, but i want to have a dog.
I think making a video of an animal is very hard.

Hi teachers!

How do you do?
I have a really confused usage in this video. That is "I'm not being bossy". Actually, bossy is an adjective and we can use "I'm not bossy". Am I right? So, why here "verb to be+being+adjective"? Could you please explain me to be clear?

Thank you

Hi Aye,
We normally use the progressive form with an adjective when we are talking about actions and behavior, so i can say"You are being bossy".
However, If the adjectives relate to feelings, we do not use the progressive form. for example we can't say you are being so delighted but we can say I am delighted.

I hope you find that useful.

can I say ?. What are you asking me that, i am sorry , I know , that is a personal question but I am just being curious

Hello edgard91,

With 'why' instead of 'what', yes, the first part of the sentence would be a correct use of the present continuous, but 'I am just being curious' is not correct – you should use the simple form 'I'm just curious' instead. Using esraa's explanation above, 'ask' is an action and 'be' is a feeling.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Aye Thinzar Kyaw,

You are correct that 'bossy' here is an adjective. The form here is present continuous using the verb 'to be'. It's unusual to say 'I'm being' rather than 'I am' but we do use it when we are talking about behaviour at a given moment, and that is the case here.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Very very funny! It's very amusing learning english in this way indeed. Thank you to all of you and to Poppy too!

Hello Teachers ,

I think there's a small mistake in Task 2 . It is written in the Instructions that ' There are 2 , 3 or 4 words in each gap '. When we close the Instructions and start doing Task 2 though , we can see in the text above ' There are 3 or 4 words in each gap ' and I think it's a bit misleading .
If you think just like me , please correct it .

Best regards ,
iliya_b

Hello iliya_b,

Yes, you're right, of course. I've now fixed this error. Thanks very much for pointing it out to us!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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