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Starting a Business

Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Joe meets young British people doing just that, and gets advice from entrepreneurs old and new, including Sir Richard Branson.

Watch the video and do the first Task. Then watch the video again and finish the Tasks. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Watch Joe's documentary about young business people. Put the interviews in the correct order.


Task 2

Watch the video again. Complete the paragraph about Arnold du Toit and RolleyGolf with the correct words.


Task 3

Choose the correct tense, present or past, to complete the passive sentences from the video.


Task 4

Can you remember the passive sentences from Task 3? Type in the correct forms of the verbs in (brackets).



Language level

Intermediate: B1


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Hi Learn English team !
I'm a bit confused about the phrase "get started" in this video. If I say "let's start", is that OK ? Is there any difference between them ?
Would you mind explaining to me what context I could use the form "get + past participle" in ?

to get started means set up a new business

Hello VuThang,

In this context, there is no difference in meaning.

'Get' is often used with past participles (and adjectives and other forms) to show an increase in urgency:

get ready

get started

get going

get busy

get a move on

get working

get to work

get down to work

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The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much Peter ,
for your comprehensible answer .

It seems that Sir Richard is as good in English as in business :)))

Best regards ,

Hello Teachers ,

Here , when Sir Richard explains about his start in business , he says ' ... I was lucky to survive and lucky that Virgin grew into the company it has today ' . Why he doesn't use IS , as I think IT here means Virgin and Virgin is still a prosperous company ?

Thank you ,

Best regards ,

Hello iliya_b,

This is an example of ellipsis: missing out words or phrases to avoid repetition or poor style. If we put the omitted words back in then the reason for 'has' is clear:

I was lucky to survive and lucky that Virgin grew into the company it has grown into today.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

So nice this invention by British student engineer.

why it`s written chinese?