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Episode 05: Good journalism?

Bindyu has done something to save the café, but is it the right thing to do?


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Task 4

How well do you know how to use articles in English? 



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Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


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Hello :) 

At the start Sarah said: '“We have discovered that Tony’s Café and the shoe shop threatened with demolition are actually historic buildings...”.

Isn't it right to say 'Tony’s Café and the shoe shop WERE threatened'?

Thanks in advance

Hi Leilush

This is an interesting question. This is what I would tell my students:

It looks strange because Sarah uses a reduced relative clause (or a reduced adjectival clause) to describe Tony's Cafe and the shoe shop.

The full version would be:

We have discovered that Tony’s Café and the shoe shop, which are threatened with demolition, are actually historic buildings.

In speech, it is very common to drop the relative pronoun and the auxiliary verb if the auxiliary verb is to be.



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This is a good exercise. Thank you.

Hi how I can practice before listening? my page has not the practice section

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thank for your reply, I mean I can only see this sentence in task :"Listen to the episode and decide whether the statements are true or false" and after it there is nothing. thank you

Can you see the tasks on the other tabs, for example the 'Preparation' tab or the 'Task 2' tab? Is it only this tab that is a problem? How about other pages on LearnEnglish?
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