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Episode 05

In this episode Tess shares some good news with Ravi, and their guests talk about Formula 1 and telling the truth. You can also follow Carolina as she takes something back to a shop. Will she get her money back?

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

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Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:25].

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:00].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:00].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Intermediate: B1

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Hello! I'd like to ask something . Could you please explain me why did Rafael say "If I was rich..." ? I thought he had to say " If I were rich..."

Hello Masiv4ik,

You're right that in traditional grammars, the subjunctive form 'were' is used for all subjects in second conditional constructions like this one. Many people, however, have long used past simple forms, including 'was' for first and third person singular subjects (e.g. 'I', 'she') as well, and these are now considered correct in informal and even some formal contexts.

But if you're used to using 'were', I would try to change the way you speak. It is perfectly normal to use it as well, and is even considered 'more' correct by some people, so you'd probably make a good impression!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The Learn English Team!

At I'd like to Talk About section Tess asked Rafael "Do you travel for Formula 1?", and then she said it was a bad question. So could you explain me the difference between "travel" and "go abroad" please?. I'm really confused.

Hello filipeanttonio,

The question Tess asks is not bad grammatically but was not clear to Rafael, which is why Tess apologised.

'Travel' is a general term but it can be used in this way. I can ask 'Do you have to travel for work?', which might mean 'Does you job involve travelling?' or 'Is your place of work far away?' Tess reformulates the question to make it clearer to Rafael, as 'go abroad' makes it clear that she means 'travel abroad'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello filipeanttonio,

The question Tess asks is not bad grammatically but was not clear to Rafael, which is why Tess apologised.

'Travel' is a general term but it can be used in this way. I can ask 'Do you have to travel for work?', which might mean 'Does you job involve travelling?' or 'Is your place of work far away?' Tess reformulates the question to make it clearer to Rafael, as 'go abroad' makes it clear that she means 'travel abroad'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Good explanation.
Thanks a lot.

Truth has no fall,we should always speak truth.by speaking truth we can win pride and success not only in this world and the eternal world as well.

Hello, i want to ask about 'formula one' i searched for the word in the dictionary, but i found another meaning for it, why they call the car race, formula one?

Hello Sherine hussein,

I believe that there are various categories all called 'formula'. There is a Formula Two and so on. However, this is a question for a motorsport expert to answer, not a language expert so more than that I cannot say!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks alot Peter.

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