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Episode 07

Adam and Rob discuss your favourite times of day. Also, Tess and Ravi talk about something British people love, but most people hate!

Tess & Ravi

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How do you feel about queuing?

If you’ve been to Britain, do you think it’s true what Tess and Ravi said – are the British good at queuing? 

How about queues in your country? Do people queue up politely or do they jump the queue? Do you jump the queue?

We’d love to hear from you - write your answers in the comments.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Actually, Queuing for things is really polite thing to do when everybody wants to get things, to buy tickets, to do something. however I hate queuing at the same time i can't stand jumping queues because it's not polite, So i never want to take advantage of something. People have started queuing for things almost in our country almost all places these days and it's getting better now that it was five or ten years ago. i have not heard that queuing is very British but heard British people are very good at queuing and as Tess said so they form a very nice and tidy queues. Anyway thanks for giving information like this. It's really helpful.

Hi. I hate queues, especially in a shop when I go to buy some things. I don't know how other people may like queuing. For my it is a waste of time.
In Poland people does not like queues too. They nervous at themselves, they scream and may fight to each other.

When I went to London I had to queue at Natural History Museum and I have to say that British people are really polite at queues, so organised and respectful people. I love that because you feel even relaxed at queuing in London.
Queuing in my country is sometimes a tough task, that includes at metro, in a bank, even at supermarket. Many people do the jumping thing here and it is not polite. I got upset when that happens.

Queuing is good.It is a discipline.I feel sometime queuing is good But I don't like long queues.
I didn't come in contact or see the British people while queuing so I don't know much more about them.
In my country, most people try to jump the queue.But I don't like jumping queue.

I do like tea very much actually, i drink from four to five cups of tea every day with cake or biscuit which is the best thing i can do to take some rest, i like to mix some milk to the tea as well as you Ravi, i suppose that all people drink tea all over the world.

I like the topic today, queuing is very polite and cevilized way of waiting , i respect your behaviour and i like it as well, i hope all people all over the world respect each other like this, and be decent.

Hello, Kirk.

Thank you, by of course that help me. And on the other hand, "I like tamales too" this is a typical colombian food. Delicuous! :)

Dear LearnEnglish team.
I see in elementary podcast series three episode seven there are numerous ways that we can use a gerund, but I am confuse a gerund with a continuos verb, so would you like explaing me this topic a gerund it´s different for a continuous verb, please?

Hello anaisavecas,

Gerunds ('I like swimming') and present participles, which are used to make continuous verbs ('I'm swimming'), have the same form – in other words, they look the same. The difference is in their grammatical function.

A gerund is used as a noun. In 'I like swimming', 'swimming' is a noun that is an object, just like in 'I like tamales', 'tamales' is a noun that is the object of the verb.

A present participle can be used in different ways, but in continuous verb forms, it is used after the verb 'be' to speak, for example, about an action in progress: e.g. 'I am swimming in the pool'. Here it is part of the verb (not a noun).

Does that help? You might also want to look at our -ing forms and present continuous pages for more details on this.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Alyson,

Yes, 'playing' is a gerund in this sentence. It is the direct object of the verb 'begin'. 'an instrument' is the direct object of the gerund 'playing'. This may seem strange, as a gerund is used as a noun, but since gerunds are formed from verbs, they can also have an object. It's quite detailed, but you might want to take a look at the Wikipedia page on Gerunds.

As for the answer sentence, 'she' is indeed the subject, 'began' is the verb and 'playing' is a gerund with 'an instrument' as its direct object. 'when she was four years old' is a subordinate clause describing time -- see the 'When as a conjunction' section on this page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team