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Christmas Scene 2 Language Focus

Rob and Ashlie talk about Christmas food, then look at the difference between verbs we use in the present continuous and verbs we usually use in the present simple.

Watch the video. Next go to the Tasks and do the activities. 


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello Biritish council team thanks for great videos , I have a question I hope you help me. thank you in advance.
(task2-question1) 'why works in Hamburg' is wrong while the first part of the sentenc says 'Alex lives'

Hello parisaach

The present continuous form is correct here because Alex is working in Berlin for a temporary time (this summer). This is one common meaning that the present continuous can express -- see the Intermediate level section of our Present continuous page for more on this.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team


I'm like the posts, remember my life, my family...

Thank you

It is like Christmas at home.

Otherwise I had a modest Christmas.

It's confusing a bit
in the last sentence the right form is I'm thinking not I think. In the language focus Rob said that we don't put the verbs of what we sense ,think and feel in present continuous.
Would you please explain to me this point. Thank you

Hello gattous887,

'Think' is not used in the continuous to mean 'have an idea' or 'have an opinion'. However, 'think' can also be used with the meaning of 'consider', and then it can be in a continuous form.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello LearnEnglish Team,
I have a question regarding verb tenses in Sentence 5 - Task 3...Why using the "would" form with past tense in this case? Why not "We bought a big turkey but it didn't fit in our fridge"?
Please could you explain me this grammar rule? It doesn.t seem to be a conditional
Thanks a lot for your reply