Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to the Tasks and do the activities. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.
Think about the following questions:
- Have you ever hurt yourself cycling or skateboarding?
- How do you know when you need to get medical attention?
Watch Stephen get back on his skateboard as Ashlie and Poppy look on.
Stephen: Wow, I haven’t done this for years. This is a great place to skate.
Ashlie: Stephen’s come skateboarding, and me and Poppy have come along to watch. Off you go then.
Stephen: Hey, Ashlie, watch this!
Ashlie: Be careful, Stephen. That looks dangerous!
Hello? Oh, hiya, Pete. How are you? Yeah, I’m good. I’m just at the skate park... What are you up to?
Poppy! Stephen, watch out!
Pete, I have to go. Stephen’s fallen over. I think he’s hurt himself.
Stephen: Argh. My ankle.
Ashlie: Are you OK?
Stephen: Argh, my ankle. Is Poppy OK?
Ashlie: Yeah, she’s fine. Oh, I’m so sorry, Stephen. Where does it hurt? Is it really bad?
Stephen: Just here. It really hurts.
Ashlie: Do you think you can walk?
Ashlie: Come on. Let me help you up. Let’s get you home.
Stephen: Do you think I need to go to hospital? In an ambulance?
Ashlie: Be a brave boy, Stephen.
Stephen: All right, I’ll be OK. Give me a hand, would you?
Stephen: Ashlie! Ash! Ashlie! Can you pass me some more ice, please?
Stephen: It’s still very painful, you know.
Ashlie: Here you go.
Stephen: Thanks, Ash. Ooh. Actually, Ashlie, that’s a bit cold.
Ashlie: Well, it is ice, Stephen.
Stephen: Ah, well maybe a cup of tea will make me feel better. Do you think you could get me a cup of tea, please, Ashlie?
Ashlie: Oh, come on, Stephen!
Stephen: It still really hurts.
Ashlie: OK, then.
Here you go.
Stephen: Oh, Ash, you’re very kind. Would you mind getting me a chocolate biscuit?
Ashlie: Stephen! I am not here to run around for you like a servant.
Stephen: Well, it’s kind of your fault I hurt my ankle. Do you think it might be broken?
Ashlie: Why is it my fault?
Stephen: Well, if you hadn’t let go of Poppy, I wouldn’t have hurt myself.
Ashlie: Stephen, that is so unfair.
Stephen: Oh, come on, Ash. Just one biscuit. They’re in the kitchen.
Ashlie: Oh, OK then. But if your ankle isn’t better by the morning, I’m taking you to hospital.
Stephen: Aargh. My elbow. I think it’s broken. Ashlie!
Ashlie: Right, that’s it. I’m taking you to hospital. Come on.
Stephen: In an ambulance?
Ashlie: No, Stephen. Not in an ambulance.
'let Poppy go' would mean that Ashlie allowed Poppy leave the place they are in, whereas 'let go of Poppy' means to stop holding Poppy. What Ashlie did was let go of Poppy.
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team
Both forms are correct. The form with 'of' is generally used only when something is being physically held, while the other form can be used in any context.
The LearnEnglish Team