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Bonfire Night

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


In particular in my country basically fireworks set off on the New Year or someone's birthday.
Guy Fawkes the most famous participant of the Gunpowder Plot.

3:02 i thought the structure of the sentence was "If it wasn't for Guy Fawkes, we wouldn't stand here". Why did he say it differently?

Hello quoc hung,

The form 'be stood' has the same meaning as 'be standing'. It is less common and slightly old-fashioned, but it is used in certain phrases, such as '(be) stood here today'.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, team!
Can you clarify the absence of an article before the wort "time" in the sentence "OK, it’s almost time for the fireworks now." .

I'd say "It's the time for something.." or "it's almost the time for smth..". Am I wrong?
Maybe both options are possible?
I there any difference between "It's time for.." and " It's the time for.."?

Thank you!

Hi Yshc,

When 'it's time for' means 'now is the time for', then 'the' is not used. So the expression 'It's almost time for' is correct, since it's saying that now it's almost time for supper, fireworks, whatever.

I'm having a hard time thinking of when I'd say 'it is/was/will be the time for something', but I could be missing something.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Nice festive day, even in my country we celebrate a lot with fireworks. Every celebration is good for us to set off a bit of sparkle!

Hello, Team.
I'm sorry, I think there are some mistakes in the exercises of the Task I for the second and the fourth because in fact, the right answer is not as the heading suggest.
1. For the second of the Task I.
From the article above, it says : "Steven Lewis of the charity 'Round Table' is the volunteer in charge".
So the right answer for the second of the The Task I is would be the third point (is in charge of the Fireworks on Bonfire Night). It's not the second point as the heading suggest.
2. For the fourth of the Task I.
From the article above, it says :
" Joe : Leon, talks me through the sort of display you are going to put on".
So the right answer for the fourth of the Task I is would be the second point (organises the Bonfire Night celebration in Winchester). It's not the third point as the heading suggest.
Would you like to corrrect it again, please?
Thank you very much.

No, Leon is in charge of the Fireworks. Steven Lewis is in charge of (i.e. organises) the whole Bonfire Night celebration.
The fireworks are just part of the bigger celebration.
The task tests comprehension, not the specific phrases used.

In France, Fireworks are set off on July, 14, to celebrate The French Revolution in 1789, and the end of Royalty.
Never heard of Guy Fawkes.

Hi English Team,
I'd like to know precisely the idea of Guy's burning. So does 'rag doll' mean 'effigy', when we hate somebody for doing something wrong?