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Dating Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen look at some words used to describe people’s character and nouns that have become verbs. How on earth did that happen?

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello Erdem1982,

Words can have multiple meanings. 'Fair' can refer to character (meaning 'just') or to appearance (meaning 'light-coloured'). It can have other meanings too - use the dictionary on the right of this page to see a full list with examples.

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The LearnEnglish Team

"What a beautiful car!"
I want to use "How". What are the possible answers?
Or Which of the following is correct:
1- How beautiful of a car!
2- How beautiful this car is!
3- How beautiful such a car!
please help me.

Hello Master Hesham,

I'm afraid we don't answer questions like this from tests or homework. If we tried to do so then we'd have no time for anything else!

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team


Well I have learned a new expression "What on eart...", I have never heardet it before. But it is nice,

I would take "fair" as an adjective to describe the character of a person

great videos and usefull words thank you

Describes what makes a person.

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Hello mudassar,

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed our course. It sounds like you are looking for more information on multi-word verbs - verbs made up of a very and one or two particles (prepositions and adverbs). You can find information on these on this page and on this page.

I hope those links are helpful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team