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Hallowe'en Scene 2

Ashlie and Stephen's house is full of witches, wizards, and ghosts... and everyone's having a frighteningly good time!

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Task 3

Ashlie says:

We didn't have time to make costumes so we just hired them.

Match the expressions to make sentences with 'so ... just ...'.

Exercise

Task 4

Notice how some verbs in English can have two objects, a person + a thing:

                                         VERB     Person      Thing
Stephen:  I can                 SHOW     them        some magic.
Boy:         Look mister,     GIVE        us            a treat.
Ash:         Do you want to GIVE        her          a little stroke?

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

Hello iliya_b,

Yes, you've understood that correctly - at Hallowe'en, sometimes frighteningly, spooky or other words are used in this way to celebrate the holiday a bit more. And yes, dead can be used in a positive way, such as in the phrase you ask about - you can see examples of this in some of the entries for dead in our dictionary.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk ,

Thank you for your comment. The situation with "trick or treaters" is clear for me now :))
Thanks again .

Best wishes ,
iliya_b

Hello Kirk ,

Thank you very much for your reply. But why in that case / trick or treaters = plural / , Ashlie says : Oh , Stephen , it's some trick or treaters . ?
I think "it" here doesn't correspond to plural noun . Could you explain that , please ?

Best regards ,
iliya_b

Hello iliya_b,

I see what you mean now. Ashlie says it this way because 'it's' is used to identify a person or people. For example, when you answer the phone, you could say 'Hello, it's Iliya' (not 'I'm Iliya'). The situation with the trick or treaters is the same: Ashlie is identifying who's outside the door.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Teachers ,

I'm sorry , but I can't quite understand this expression "trik or treaters " . Is it singular or plural , countable or uncountable . Reading the text I suppose it is plural , but I'm not sure .

Thank you ,

Best regards ,
iliya_b

Hello iliya_b,

'trick or treaters' are people (usually children) who go trick-or-treating. You're right, it's plural - 'trick or treater' is a count noun, which is made plural by adding -s to the final word.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! Please, can you explain the sentence "I want the fire of death trick next"? Especially, I don't understand the expression "the fire of death". Thanks!

Hello Eugenia,

This is an invented name. It is supposed to sound scary or impressive but other than that it does not have any concrete meaning. It's similar to a lot of names found in stories about magic: the cup of life, the river of fear, the sword of death etc.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Ahhh, ok! Now I understand. I thought it was an idiom that I didn't know.
Thanks a lot, Peter, you've been very helpful.
Best wishes,
Eugenia

hi what is it "treaters">? thankk

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