Hospital Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Ashlie discuss different ways to ask for things and the expression ‘here you go’.

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Submitted by Albert aka Alan on Fri, 25/08/2017 - 10:18

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Hello, team! Could you please explain the sentence " Would you mind to give me a hand" is incorrect, isn't it? So we need "ing" ending -"giving" in such a requests. Thank you in advance!

Hello Alan,

Yes, that's right -- 'Would you mind giving ...' is the correct form here. The verb 'mind' is followed by a noun. The noun form of a verb is the -ing form, a.k.a. a gerund.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by shankar_krishna on Thu, 17/08/2017 - 08:05

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Hi, What is the difference between video and movie? I mostly use video for a short movie, but people in US use movie even for a short video. Which is correct?

Submitted by Kirk on Thu, 17/08/2017 - 18:06

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Hello shankar_krishna,

A good place to start for questions like this is the dictionary. There's quite a bit of variation in how people use these words, and they have different meanings in different contexts, but I'd say that 'video' isn't usually used for short films (or 'movies', which means the same thing as 'films' most of the time). I, at least, would call what's on this page a 'video'. The same is true for what YouTube is full of, what you can watch at TED.com, etc.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Engy Talaat on Thu, 15/06/2017 - 18:00

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hello would you mind telling me which one of the following is more polite ,please " would you mind....... "or "do you think you could...... "

Submitted by Peter M. on Fri, 16/06/2017 - 07:20

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Hello Engy Talaat,

I don't think there is a clear difference here. The second form is perhaps more formal. However, in terms of politeness the tone of voice, facial expression and so on are more important.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by mohammad bazzy on Wed, 29/03/2017 - 10:52

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Hello Team I understood that saying "Here you go", is a polite way to give someone something. Is that true? Thank you.

Submitted by Peter M. on Thu, 30/03/2017 - 07:04

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Hello mohammad bazzy,

Yes, that's right. It's similar to 'Here you are'.

Well done!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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