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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 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,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk,

Sure, your answer is very helpful. Thanks a lot!

Now, i completely understand.

By the way, I also study hard in the part of the writing. And, yes, i have some questions. I tried to leave some massages in the comment. I just want to know that do you have some teachers or volunteers who will answer the questions in the part of writing. Thank you!

Best wishes,

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,
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,
The LearnEnglish Team

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It's always good to hear learners find the site useful! I hope you continue to enjoy it.
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The LearnEnglish Team

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