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Episode 01

LearnEnglish Podcasts is back! Join Adam, Tess, Ravi and a new presenter for Series 4 as they talk about pets and whether it's true that the British are crazy about animals. Please join us, and let us know what you think!

Tess & Ravi

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Leave a comment below!

  • How do you feel about animals? If you’ve been to Britain, do you think what Tess and Ravi said is true – are the British pet lovers?
  • How do people view animals where you live? How common is it for people to have pets in your country? Do you have one? What kind?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello Darshann,

I'm afraid I don't understand what you want to communicate in this sentence, so it's difficult to say for sure if it's hypothetical. Could you please explain it a bit more? By the way, you might find our wish and if only and conditionals 1 pages useful for learning about hypothetical forms.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I was able to benefit from their provision of tried and tested operating procedures, and from having a technical helplines and legal advice readily available ONCE I WAS TRADING.

I just can't understand why past continuous tense is used?

Hello Darshan,

The benefits were accrued while the trading was being done. This is a fairly typical use of the past continuous: the speaker starts trading and benefits from the procedures during the time he or she is trading.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for comment!

But "ONCE I WAS TRADING" in other words we can say " as soon as I was trading." Here I confuse with is how can we use here past continuous tense as I've never been through such rule.

Hello again Darshann,

Yes, 'once' means 'as soon as' here – in the dictionary entry for 'once', see the entry for 'once' as a conjunction. The idea is that the time when this person was trading began and then they were able to benefit from those things. They were not able to benefit from them until they had already started trading. As Peter mentioned, the past continuous is very commonly used to express this.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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Hello toufik,

OK, thanks for this information. I'll look into this more and then get back to you.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team