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Episode 07

Tess and Ravi are back to talk about shopping in London, and Jo and Adam look at how to use the word 'too' in different ways.

Tess & Ravi

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Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

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Hello Counsel,

There are many ways to ask this. A polite way of asking this is 'I'm sorry, I didn't understand. Could you please repeat that?' or even just 'Could you please repeat that?' In informal situations, you could say 'Sorry, what was that?'. Only with good friends would I recommend saying 'What did you say?'

To improve your conversational English, I'd highly recommend our Big City Small World series, in which you can find a lot of language like this.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Dr Kirk,

I'm completely confused with this song lyrics: "The Lord will bless someone today, 'it may be you, it may be I', it may be someone by your side." My concern is should it be 'it may be you, it may be I' or 'it may be you, it may be me'?

Hello Counsel,

'me' is really the correct form here, at least in an ordinary context, but in songs you can often find language used a bit differently. In this example, I suspect that 'I' was used by the songwriter because it rhymes with 'side'. This kind of thing is quite common in song lyrics and is quite acceptable in that context.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there,

I'm confused with one of the verbs in this expression: "I saw him 'throw' the ball into the pond." I think it should be replaced with 'threw'. Right? If no, I will appreciate an insightful explanation on this, thanks.

Hello Counsel,

Verbs of perception (such as 'see', 'hear', etc.) are often followed by an object ('him') and an infinitive ('throw'), so actually that sentence is correct. Saying 'threw' instead would not be correct.

I hope this helps.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Mandeep,

We have a page that explains this. Try using our Search box – if searching for 'each other' doesn't work for you, try 'reciprocal pronouns'. And please try to find things on your own in the future! We're happy to help, but you can often find things much more quickly by searching for them yourself.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, LearnEnglishTeam!
Why in this podcast there isn't ability to download only transcript?

Hello krig,

Our mistake – sorry! I've just fixed this – now you can find the Transcript under Instructions & downloads, as always.

Thanks very much for pointing this out to us!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Cooking is regarded as a woman's task and men never cook in my country except in restaurants.
I have never cooked a meal in my life.

HELLO EVERYONE,
COULD YOU TELL ME HOW TO IMPROVE MY SPEAKING. I KNOW WHERE I HAVE TO PUT HELPING VERB AND SIMPLE VERB,BUT SOMETIME I COULDN'T SPEAK AND GOT CONFUSED WITH THE SENTENCE AND WITH GRAMMAR.TELL ME HOW TO OVER COME IT.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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