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Episode 05: Environmental issues

There is a heated discussion on environmental issues. How green are the gang?

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


In Task 3:
4. A large passenger vehicle with many seats which travels in the city: a
I've written 'tram' instead of 'bus'.

Thanks for the episode, ti was really fun.

Hi, can you help me with this? Everywhere is today – I couldn’t find anywhere to park my car. What does "Everywhere is today" mean? Thank you.

Hello Hung

When Harry says this, he is responding to Magda, who says 'It's really busy in here now'. What Harry means is 'Everywhere is [busy] today'.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team


There is a sentence that Johnny said " I’m not cycling. It’s tiring, and dangerous!" , I don't understand he uses the present-continuous. It is not correct that says "I don't ride a bike." ?

Hello jhen,

This sentence looks like it has a present continuous verb form but it is in fact just an example of the verb be followed by an adjective:

It's nice [nice is an adjective]

This is a nice meal [nice is an adjective]

It's tiring [tiring is an adjective]

This is a tiring ride [tiring is an adjective]

I'm tired [tired is an adjective]

Paul is a tired man now! [tired is an adjective]


Participles such as tiring (a present participle) and tired (a past participle) can be used as adjectives and then the construction looks like a present continuous or a passive form. The context tells us that it is simply an adjective, however.



The LearnEnglish Team

thanks, Peter M.
but I want to ask the sentence "I'm not cycling.", is cycling also adjective?

Hello jhen,

I see. I saw 'tiring' and answered about that.

In the sentence I'm not cycling the word cycling is part of the present continuous verb form [be + verbing], so it is not an adjective.

Johnny is talking about the future. There are several forms he could use:

I won't cycle! [a decision made at the time of speaking]

I'm not going to cycle! [an intention]

I'm not cycling! [a very firm intention which cannot be changed]


The present simple here (I don't cycle) would have a different meaning. It would mean that Johnny generally does not cycle rather than telling us something about this particular time.



The LearnEnglish Team

OK! thanks a lot!