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Indoor Sports Scene 2 Language Focus

Rob helps us to get good at using good, and looks at how we use the past continuous to talk about plans that go wrong.

Task 1

Remember:

  • People can be good at activities or subjects: 'John is good at football / chemistry.'
  • People can be good with things or people: 'John is good with money / children.'
  • Things can be good for people or things: 'Fruit is good for you / your skin.'

Exercise

 

Task 2

Task 3

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

Hello. According to the sequence of tenses shouldn't in this sentense:
"I was going to ask you if you want a coffee but I see you've already got one." be the past participle of "want"? (Task 2 and 3)
Thank you in advance!

Hello Dima,

Both 'if you wanted' and 'if you want' are possible here in normal use. 'I was going to...' here indicates an intention which has changed rather than setting a time reference for the rest of the sentence.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks

Hello teachers,
I hope you are doing well. I just have one short question about one task in the exercise No2.

"I was going to ask Rita to marry me but she left me FOR another man."
Could I rephrase it in a way like this to keep the same meaning, or almost the same:
"I was going to ask Rita to marry me but she left me DUE TO AN another man."

And if there are some exercises of using "for" in this way could you please let me know and provide some useful links. Thank you in advance!

Hello andreo,

Prepositions in English can have multiple meanings and uses and while 'for' can mean 'due to' or 'because of', it can also have other meanings. Here the meaning is different. A good paraphrase might be:

'...she left me in order to go to another man'

A similar use might be 'I left it on the table for later use' or 'Paul parked his car on the corner for a quick escape later'.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

What does the sentence 'John is good with money' mean?

Hello Haruyo,

It means that he does not waste or lose money, but is careful and sensible with it, and can be trusted with it.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you. The preposition of 'with' is difficult to use. The usage of 'with' in the phrase 'be trusted with' is also difficult.

Thank you Kirk ,

So I thought :(

Best regards ,
iliya_b

Hello Kirk ,

Thank you very much for your explanation . This problem turns to be a bit funny for me , as in the Transcript i find ' it's = it is ' , but in the Audio / at 00:35 appr. / i hear it as ' it was ' . Would you check it , please ? Most probably the problem is in my ear :))))

Thank you again . Have a nice evening .

Best regards ,
iliya_b

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