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Episode 10: Family matters

Harry wants to meet Bindyu's parents but she fears that her family won't like him. Why?

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Task 2

Sometimes a root verb can have two adjective forms; one ending in -ing and the other ending in -ed. Look at these two sentences.

Bindyu is worried about Harry meeting her family.
It is a worrying situation.

We use an adjective with -ed to describe a feeling.
We use an adjective with -ing to describe something that produces a feeling.


Task 3

Task 4


Language level

Intermediate: B1



In task 2 there are the two adjective forms beeing described.
I've done the exercises in task 2 and 3 without these rules. I've heard enough English to be correct by heart.
If I only knew the rules and I applied them, it would slow me down very much. If I had a conversation, the other person would be bored because I would have to stop too often to figure out which form I must use.


Thanks for the episode.

Thanks for the episode!. :)


Hi, How I can download the audio?

Hi Engineer Ahmed,

I'm afraid the audio is only available for download on certain pages. If you see a link to an .mp3 file then the download is available. If there is no link on the page then the audio cannot be downloaded.



The LearnEnglish Team

It´s I again
In Vocabulary task, the answers b and f of questions 5 and 8 could be used interchangeably?
5. If you want to make_____ , give them a call
8. I don´t care what I do, so long as I make ______
b) somebody happy
f) a lot of money

I enjoyed these exercises, thanks

Hi jpkeiros,

Yes, you're right -- both answers work in both gaps.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Good morning everyone,
My question is about this sentence:
... and my family ARE very traditional
I understand that a family has several members but A family is A unit and it should said IS very traditional, isn´t it?
P.D. Is it correct to use "isn´t it" at the end of the sentence?
Many thanks in advance

Hello jpkeiros,

Collective nouns such as family can be treated as singular (a unit) or plural (a group of people). Thus both is and are are possible here.

...and my family are very traditional

...and my family is very traditional


The correct question tag for your question is shouldn't it:

it should said IS very traditional, shouldn´t it?



The LearnEnglish Team