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London 1: Piece by Piece

How did Shakespeare make it big in London? Find out as actor and producer Ben Crystal explores the places in London where Shakespeare worked.



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Upper intermediate: B2


Could you imagine a group of friends in the middle of the night working hardly but quietly doing this kind of job? To me, is fascinating to do it, obviously, this friends there was a creating a big plan that at the end, it was functioned. The unity makes the power.

Hi I am from Côte d'Ivoire but I am leaving in Paris since 2005. Abidjan, the capital of Côte d'Ivoire is the city which attracts young talents : music, stylist,... Talking about music, they use to say that Abidjan is " la plaque tournante de la musique africaine" I don't know how to say it in english.
I would like to leave in an English country for 2 years to improve my english.

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I think Jakarta attract everyone who has a dream to become an actor or singer. I wish I could live in another city because my hometown is boring for me.

The buildings that Shakespeare would have known
Why here they use this form of time? Why they just don't use Past Simple?

Hello VictoriaNY,

Both 'knew' and 'would have known' are grammatically possible here but there is a difference in meaning. If we use 'knew' then we are talking about a fact - we are saying that we know which buildings these were and are certain about this. If we say 'would have known' then we are speculating - it is a form of prediction (guessing) in the past. Compare:

The place where he went was.... [we know for sure]

The place where he would have gone was... [we do not know but think we have a good idea of what was likely]


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Probably, the São Paulo city, because it is a very multicultural city. You can see there people from all around the globe. Actually I did live far from my home last year, when I was living in Ireland.

I would say in my country SaiGon is a city which attracts lots of people to work there. Because many foreign companies, institutions are likely to invest than others cities so that is a great opportunity for people finding a well-paid job.

I had left home and working at there for 7 years. Because my hometown does not have any job in the field which I studied.

I did not want to move away from my home, a small village located by a creek. However, I had to move to the capital city, Yangon formerly known as Rangoon, since I passed my matriculation. The village is usually quiet, clean surroundings, planting fields that they are almost smokeless. Sadly, I never been to my home since then except a short visit likely the relatives’ occasions. Hence, one of main reasons the young are moving to the cities is education.

The main cities always attract young talent, because there are more opportunities than the rural areas. But, it has been changing recently, the main cities are quite rough and dangerous, while in the rural areas people are genteel, poor but happy.
I would like to live at least one year in another country, to try out other experiences.

"The buildings that Shakespeare would have known were destroyed in 1666 in the Great Fire of London¨
we have two action in the past, why we don't say ' ...Shakespeare had known were destroyed....' Idon't realize the use of the word 'would' here.