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Farming Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie have trouble finding their way and Ashlie has a bit of a fright.

Do the first two Tasks while watching the video, then try Task 3. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

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Intermediate: B1

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Hello fateme s,

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Kirk
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Hello teacher,

In this video, Stefan says "I thought you were going to put petrol in the car".
Why dont he say " I thought you put petrol in the car". I dont know why he uses "were going" in this sentence. Please explain it to me.

Many thanks,

Hello thaivan,

Both sentences are correct and mean more or less the same thing. The 'you put' form simply shows that Stephen thought Ashlie had got petrol for the car. The  'you were going to' form is a bit more specific – Stephen implies that Ashlie said she was going to put petrol in the car. The implication is that it's her fault that they've run out of petrol.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

- Have you ever got lost while driving in the country?
It sometimes happened to me to get lost while driving, but fortunately I've always found the right road again, with a bit of patience and keeping calm of course.
- How might you feel if you were lost in the forest at dusk?
If I were all alone, I would feel scared to death!

Hi,
Stephen says : "That has to be it there." Why doesn't he says : "That has to be there", without the "it"? Is it the same meaning? Thanks for the answer.

Hi chris74500,

The 'it' here refers to the farm: That has to be the farm there.

This sentence requires something after 'be'; it would not be grammatical without this.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Yes, I have sometimes got lost while driving, but not in the country, although in cities where I was the first time.
If I were lost in the forest at dusk, I would feel a bit frightened.

I liked this video! it was funny, I laughed a lot and I understood pretty well. I found easy vocabulary.

Hi sir.Thank you for helping us and i'm really grateful.My question is
Ashlie said: There's someone in the field. What are they doing there?
In the first part was singular form (There is)and in the second part become plural(are they),may i ask how it could be?

Hello Abualhassan amien,

When we want to speak about a person but we do not know if it is a man or a woman then we use 'they' with a plural verb, even though it is one person. For example:

We have a new colleague starting work this week.

Really? Well, I hope they are nice.

Ashlie does not yet know who the 'someone' is, and so uses 'they' rather than 'he' or 'she'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

 

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