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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



Language level

Intermediate: B1


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

To be honest, in my country people don't queue to buy food or something like that. They are all in a hurry and they always want to be ones who are served first. Therefore, when tourists come to my country, it is quite impolite to hustle.

I would like to say that people in my country are very good at queuing but not as good as british people,I was in holiday in England and you can noticed the difference. They make tidy queues all the time. British people are really good at queuing. I never jumped a queue I think this is not fair for the other people who are waiting in queuing.