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Animals Scene 1 Language Focus

Rob and Stephen get stressed, and Rob talks about will, could and might.

Task 1

Decide how many syllables each of these words has. Then decide where the stress is, and group similar words together.

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Task 2

Read the first sentence and then decide if will, could or might is needed to give the second sentence the same meaning.

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Task 3

Which phrase finishes the conversation?

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Task 4

Here are the four conversations from the last exercise. Type in the boxes to complete them. The first letters of the words are given for you, so don't type them.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

Hi May Thida Su,

It's because the idea is that There's a chance we'll get a pay rise. The sentence includes will (we'll get a pay rise), but the phrase There's a chance modifies it. It means that it's possible, but is not certain, and might and could have that meaning.

Does that make sense?

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

So, because of the phrase ( There's a chance ) , the answer is might and could. Right? Oh, Thank you very much for explaining me. Thank you very much Jonathan R!

Hi May Thida Su,

No problem at all :) Yes, that's exactly it.

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Don't this part has transcript? Please add transcript so I can understand really well.

Hello May Thida Su,

I'm afraid the Language Focus videos don't have transcripts. You can ask us about short, specific segments if you'd like to. Please be sure to include the time codes (e.g. 1:45-1:51) if so.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!
I don't well understand the task 1. How can I learn the syllabus? Thanks, Sir!

Hello Aung Ko Latt,

In this task, the letter 'o' represents an unstressed syllable and 'O' represents a stressed syllable. So, for example, in the word 'tiny', the first syllable ('ti') is emphasised more than the second one ('ny'), so it goes in the 'Oo' group.

Does that make more sense now?

Remember that after you try a couple of words, you can press 'Finish' and then 'Show Answers' to see the answers if you find it very difficult.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. I couldn't understand the syllables concept at all

Hi Hiba Ahmed,

Yes, it can be tricky. Feel free to watch the video again and try the tasks. If you have a question, we'll try to help :)

Best wishes,

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, please explain why do "injured" and "lovely" have 2 syllables?
Thank you for helping and best wishes

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