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Episode 06: He's a pest!

Joe the 4-year-old nephew - is he a pest or just a sweet little boy?

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Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello Sir,
I always get confused when I use Adjectives with noun.
Simpley, we use adjectives to describe more information about Noun that is qualified by an adjective.
Sir, But as far as I know there are two types of Adjectives
1) Attributely Adjectives which are used before Noun.
2) Predicately Adjectives which are used after a noun.
If I take an example
*1) This makes simple things.
*2) This makes things simple.
In *1 'simple' is an adjective and also in *2 simple is an adjective.
I want to know what is the difference in *1 and *2.
Please help, sir
Thank you

Hello Kapil Kabir,

Simple is an adjective in both sentences, but there is a change in meaning.

In the first sentence, you make things and the things are not complex. Make has the meaning of construct or create.

In the second sentence, the situation is clarified or simplified. Make has the meaning of results in or causes to be.


As far as the names given to different types of adjectives, or rather their different roles in the sentence, it's really a question of linguistic analysis rather than language learning and so falls outside of our focus on LearnEnglish. The Wikipedia page has a good summary, however:



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, Sir

Everybody has some pest relative in their own family.
Thanks for the exercise.
Great site!.

May I ask a question, please?
I didn’t know you were Aunt Olivia!
Shouldn't he say :
I didn’t know you are Aunt Olivia!
Cause she still is an aunt.

Hello corfiz,

In indirect speech like this when something is still true it is grammatically possible to use the past form or the present form. However, in modern usage we tend to prefer the past form when the sentence begins

I didn't know...

It's really a question of convention rather than grammar. I didn't know you are... is not wrong, but it does not quite sound right in terms of common usage.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello LearnEnglish Team,

In the Activity 2, sentence 5, I don’t understand a answer: “Fadi uncle has agreed to pay MORE THAN two thousand pounds.
In my opinion Fadi’s uncle wants to pay exactly two thousand pounds. (When Fadi says: “That’s our top limit.”).

Thank you,

Hello thiagocrvg,

If you look a little later in the transcript you'll see that Fadi says something else:

We can go a bit higher actually...I was just trying to be a tough negotiator.


So, Fadi's uncle has agreed to pay more than £2000, and Fadi was just pretending that £2000 was his limit as a negotiating tactic.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello ,LearnEnglish team
Greetings of the day !!

I've few queries or doubts for sentence formation.
I'm posting them here. If I'm not allowed to ask queries which are not related to audios here please feel free to remove this post.

query -
providing them 'with' the convenience or providing them 'the' convenience

providing them 'with' the knowledge or providing them knowledge
is there any difference in the meaning if we use 'with'.

Thanks and regards

Hello HelloAshu,

There are quite a few different patterns with the verb 'provide'. You can see them in the dictionary entry (follow the link) and in the 'more meanings of provide' section on the right side of the page I linked to. It's difficult to say for sure without knowing more about the context, but I'd use 'with' in this case, i.e. when there is an indirect object ('them'), the preposition 'with' is usually used before the direct object.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team