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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 iliya_b,

To my ear, Ashlie clearly says 'it's' (present).

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk ,

Why then Ahlie says : We were going to the beach , but it's raining , so we've come here instead . / it's in the beginning of the episode /
I think ' it's ' = ' it is ' or ' it has ' . Or may be I'm wrong again ?

Thank you ,

Best regards ,
iliya_b

Hello iliya_b,

'it's' is a contracted form of 'it is' here, so yes, you're right, though of course this goes against what I explained before! This is an example from informal speaking, where the sequence of tenses is not always followed exactly. In most writing, however, this would not be considered correct. I know that may not be a very satisfactory answer, but that's what it is!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much Peter !

It seemed that I wasn't clear enough in my question . I meant ' it rained ' as second part . So I 'll put my qestion in another way : ' We were going to the beach , but it is raining , so ...' - is this correct ?

Best regards ,

iliya_b

Hi iliya_b,

The present ('it is raining') is not correct in that second part of the sentence. As you say, a past tense of some sort makes the most sense there, e.g. 'but it rained' or 'but it started to rain'.

Best regards,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Teachers ,

in expressions like ' We were going to the beach , but it rained , so ...' , should the verb in the second part be always in Past Tense . Due to the sequence of tenses I think it should , but I'm not sure . Would you help me with this , please ?

Best regards ,

iliya_b

Hello iliya_b,

No, it's quite possible to use a present tense in the second part of the sentence. For example:

We were going to the beach but it rained, so now we're sitting at home.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Good evening!
at 1.05, Rob gave an example: "She's good at singing".
Ashlie answered: "Oh, thanks Rob!".
then I can't realize what amazing Rob answered at 1.07.
Give me a hand with this. and thanks in advance!

Hello E.maghout,

He says 'Don't mention it', which is a common reply when someone thanks you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, at the end of this video, I think they say 'Poor Stephen'. May I know whether it is correct, please?

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