Music Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob and Ashlie discuss her gig, indirect questions, the present perfect and sentences with ‘I bet’.

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Submitted by quoc hung on Tue, 23/10/2018 - 18:24

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Hello, sir. Could you please explain to me, in task 3, the last two sentences, why those answers but not the other way around?

Hello quoc hung,

In the penultimate question, the speaker says 'What do you want me to do next?' This tells us that they have finished chopping the onions and so the present perfect simple is needed; the present perfect continuous would tell us that the job is not yet finished.

In the last question, the focus is on the activity (chopping) and its effects rather than the result (a pile of onion ready for use), so the continuous form is preferred.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Vova87 on Mon, 06/11/2017 - 11:52

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Ashlie is so beautiful, pretty girl! I love her!)))

Submitted by Nizam Balinese on Tue, 16/05/2017 - 13:09

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Hello Team. Help me solve this problem, please. Stephen : The one that goes 'duh, nuh, nuh, nuh'? That one's my favourite too. Stephen wants to describe one of songs in the concert that : A. He's just been seeing B. He's just been seen C. He's just been to see D. He saw recently Which ones are correct? Whould you like to explain? Thank you very much.

Hello Nizam,

Two of those sentences are correct. Which ones do you think they are, and why?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team