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Education Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie decide to take a course on basic car maintenance. Anxious to get his hands dirty, Stephen learns a lesson the hard way.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


I would like to learn how to play the guitar and yes, I think I am good at fixing things when they stop working. Especially, I repair electronical devices at home when they stop working.

I'd like to learn surfing

Ashlie says : " Why won't it start? ". The word "will" is not used here as a modal, I guess. So it doesn't indicate the future tense. I understand the sentence as : " the car doesn't want to start now". May I have an explanation?
Best regards.

Hello chris74500,

'Will' here is used as a modal verb - it is always a modal verb, other than in certain archaic usage.

The core meaning of 'will' is volition - choice or decision. The sentence you give is an example of anthropomorphism, which means the attribution of human characteristics to non-human things. The speaker is treating the car as a person who is refusing to do something, and so uses the modal verb 'will' to describe the situation.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I like this video Thanks

I'd like to learn how to drive.
No I am not good at fixing things when they stop working.

This video is really useful.

I like this video :)
Btw, What song was played at 3:23??

hallo Huong Daisy,
if you want now any song , u can use schazam application in our Telephone .
simply open our song and schazem then you can now it.

Hi Huing Daisy,

As far as I know the song was made specially for the video so I don't think it has a name!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team