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Episode 01: Fingers crossed

The old friends are gathering around in Tony's café to share some good news. But the café might be closing down soon!

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello everybody,I want to say that  I like this website and I can't spend one day without visiting It.  I learned lot of things and my English is becoming  better than before, so thank you very much for all the team of britishcoucil.

Hi samssira,

Thanks for letting us know you appreciate the site. We're really glad that you find that it helps you improve your English and hope that you will continue to visit us!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

I have problem because I don't know when we use "to" in sentences. Can you explain me difference between this sentence: "But I want stay here" and "But I want to stay here".
Thank you!!

Hello Natalia,
Your second sentence is good, but the first sentence ("But I want stay here") is incorrect because any verb that follows want should be in the to + infinitive form.
You can see a detailed explanation of this on our verbs followed by to + infinitive page. Once you've finished that, it would be a good idea to click on the "next" button at the top of the page to see verbs followed by -ing clauses.
When you are ready to practice all of this, I'd recommend that you try our exercise verbs followed by ‘ing’ or by ‘to + infinitive’. If you look on the right, you'll also see there's a second exercise on this same point.
I hope this helps you.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

.I’m rushed off my feet here...(what does it mean?)

Hi noor us sahar qureshi,
If you look up "rush off feet" in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box (in the right-hand column), you'll see that it means to cause someone to be very busy.
Tony says this because he's just got four orders for coffee, and perhaps had other orders before then.
If you have any other questions, please let us know.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter M
Thanks for your fully support. I am very happy to see your explanation and make me sure.
Respectfully Yours,

Dear BC or Everyone,
I am not sure about this phrase"Sarah: ..except she leaves the top off the toothpaste tube..." Please help to explain me. Thanks in your advance.
Best regards,

Hello CChhom,
Sarah is complaining that her flatmate does not put things away after here (that she leaves a mess behind) - specifically, that she does not put the top back on the tube of toothpaste after she has brushed her teeth, and that Sarah therefore has to do it for her.  This is something that many people who live together complain about!
I hope that clarifies it for you.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter M:
I also have a question about this sentence. I understood the meaning about it. But i confused about the word, why it used "the top off" here? what the "off" mean? Why do not use the word "of"