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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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Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

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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,
 
Peter
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"

Thanks!

Hello muxin,

There are two parts to what you're asking about: 'the top' and 'off'. 'the top', which here means 'cap' or 'lid', i.e. the part that you use to open or close the tube, is the object of the verb 'leaves', and 'off' is an adjective, which here means 'removed'. What this means is that when she uses the toothpaste, Magda takes off (removes) the top but doesn't put it back on the tube afterwards.

Does that help?

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello muxin,

I'm sorry that a couple of your questions went unanswered. I'm not sure what happened, but I've added them to our list. We'll try to answer them soon for you!

By the way, our sister site the ESOL Nexus has a Writing section that you might also find useful.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

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Please is any one who can tell me the meaning of " What are you up to?" it's a new sentence to me.

Hello craphael,
It means 'what are you doing?' and it can refer to now or, more broadly, at the moment (currently).  It's quite an informal way to say it and we'd use it with people we know - something like 'How are things with you?'
We often say this when we meet someone we haven't seen for a while.
The other use of this is when we see someone doing something suspicious and we want to ask them what they are doing (because they probably shouldn't be doing it).  A policeman might ask someone this if the person is acting strangely, or a teacher might ask a pupil if the pupil is doing something odd.
I hope that clarifies it for you.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

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