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Hallowe'en Scene 1

It's party time for Ashlie and Stephen - but which costumes to choose?


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello Must,

That's right, both 'was having' and 'had' are possible in that context. 'had' is a more general statement, and 'was having' emphasises that the problem was occurring at that time. In the end, it's no real difference in meaning, just a difference in the way you think about it.

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Hello, if it s possible can anyone answer this question: which one is correct?

In 1911 Hollywood was voted to become part of Los-Angeles, because it HAD or WAS HAVING problems with its water supply. There is famous Hollywood sign which IS STANDING or STANDS above the hills.

If it s not convenient to ask these kind of questions here, could you please, tell me a link where I can send my questions, Thank you.

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When i hear Hallowe'en, dressing up awkward or funny or frightening costums and putting on too much make up for girls, and lots of people who's having fun in the same place come into my mind. it is good way to have fun with friends of course. but here in turkey we don't celebrate hallowe'en. i have never had a hallowe'en party till this time. i wish i had a party that way... it would be great :))))

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i dont know any magic tricks

I know that everyone wears interesting costumes and makes up .They try to look like a character of a film, a book or a comic book. (like a superhero for instance) They decorate everywhere with pumpkins and they go out to pick up lots of candy or chocolate from their neighbours. And my only trick is trying to do like my finger is severed but I think I can't even manage it :)

What do you know about British Hallowe'en traditions?
I've listened from other countries that people have a party, in which everybody uses a fancy costume dressed. The children go house by house asking for candies. The families meet in the house to celebrate Halloween with a special dinner.

I can't do any magic tricks.