Snowdon Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob talks to Stephen about different ways to use the word 'what'.

Watch the video and then try the activities below.

Task 1

Language Task

Match the beginnings and endings.

Exercise

Task 2

Language Task

Choose the right group for each expression.

Exercise

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Submitted by Stephane on Sat, 20/01/2018 - 09:29

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Good morning Learn English Team, I don't understand why it's "what horrible soup" and no "what a horrible soup", it seems to be very difficult and subtle the difference between what a and what... Thanks a lot, Stéphane

Submitted by lenhatsang on Tue, 07/11/2017 - 13:36

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Hi learn English team. can we say : "i wonder what time is the last train" ? Thanks

Hello lenhatsang,

That is correct except that the word order should be 'I wonder what time the last train is'. Since this sentence is structured like a question, it has the word order of a reported question.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Sukie on Wed, 11/10/2017 - 23:52

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Hi there. I'm not sure if I can catch what Stephen said at the end of the video... Did he say "catch you next time"? Also, is this something like "see you later", the words you can say when parting with someone, and is it quite informal? Thank you in advance.

Hi Sukie,

The sentence is actually 'Chat to you next time' but 'Catch you later' or 'Catch you next time' would also be quite normal ways to finish the conversation. All of these are quite informal, as you say.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Sukie on Thu, 12/10/2017 - 23:58

In reply to by Peter M.

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Hi Peter Ah, "chat to you"! I thought I heard something like "chat" but guessed I misheard it as I didn't know the expression "chat to you next time". Thank you! Chat to you next time

Submitted by fariba93 on Wed, 12/07/2017 - 11:51

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Hello learn English team, How can I improve my speaking. my English speaking is poor and I want to improve it. I know a lot of words but I can't make sentences. please help me. Thanks a lot for this amazing website.

Submitted by spaceface on Wed, 10/05/2017 - 14:32

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So Peter is there any thing wrong if say: "What a wonderful holiday"?

Hello spaceface,

'What a wonderful holiday!' is correct -- note that I added an exclamation mark ('!'), which is usually used with this kind of sentence (unless it is sarcastic).

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by LahibIbra on Sun, 05/03/2017 - 15:49

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I mean why is it wrong if I say "What a wonderful weather"?

Hello Lahiblbra,

'Weather' is an non-count noun, so we would not use 'a' before it. You can say the sentence without any article:

What wonderful weather!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Ahh okay I understand! Thank you very much! So if I say for example, what a wonder full tree (there could be more than one tree) and if I say what wonderful weather (there could be NOT more than one weather situation, am I right?) Thanks a lot Peter.

Hello Lahiblbra,

Not quite. If there is one tree then we would say

What a wonderful tree!

If there are many trees then we would say

What wonderful trees!

'Weather' is a non-count noun so we do not use it in a plural form. We use the singular.

The weather is wonderful in London and Paris today.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by LahibIbra on Sun, 05/03/2017 - 15:45

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Hello there may I ask why is it wrong if I say "What a wonderful day"?

Hello Lahiblbra,

There is nothing wrong with that sentence.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

The same may be true for the plural nouns. Am I right Sir? Like in the sentence ' What amazing books!

Submitted by iman1800 on Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:13

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what a beautifull day! how big! what amazing weather!