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Sherlock Holmes

Who is the most famous fictional detective to have roamed the streets of London? Join Wendy as she learns about Sherlock Holmes.

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

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Intermediate: B1

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Hi again teacher, I've forgotten to write this sentence "Holmes was famous for his use of forensic or scientific techniques to solve crimes". The verb "solve" after the preposition "to" doesn't end in "ing". That's really difficult....

Hi Sonia,

Yes, unlike in the sentence you asked about previously, here 'to' is part of the infinitive and is not a preposition. This can indeed be difficult, but noticing when 'to' is a preposition and when it is an infinitive is at least half the battle. You've noticed this on your own, so I'm sure you can do it!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Nizam,

Sonia found that sentence in the video. 'use of something to do something' is a common noun phrase -- as you can see, 'to do' is an infinitive in this case.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi teacher, I'm really confused with the preposition "to". I don't understand why in this sentence "...for his forensic or scientific approach to solving crimes" the verb after "to" ends in ing. Is that because "approach" is a noum and "to" works like a preposition? Thanks a lot. Sonia

Hi Sonia,

Yes, that's right – in this case, 'to' is a preposition, not part of the infinitive. It's similar to 'I'm looking forward to seeing you' – here, 'to' is also a preposition and that's why the -ing form is used.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for this wonderful resource. I am teaching my class about Sherlock Holmes and want to use it, but I cannot see the tasks that are in the tabs (only the instructions). I also cannot see the video normally, but need to click on the alternative offered. I have a feeling it is to do with the https status... any suggestions?
Thanks
Adele - Israel

Hello Adele,

I think this is a problem of Flash compatibility. Some devices, especially mobile devices like phones and tablets, are not Flash compatible. Please try accessing the page on another device - a laptop or desktop - to see if that helps.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I'm viewing it on my PC :-(

Thank you very much Peter !
I got a prompt answer and an excellent explanation from The EnglishLearn Team as they always do !

Thanks again ,

best regards ,
iliya_b

Hello everybody from The GREAT LearnEnglish Team !!!

I'm glad to be here again and I have a question . Here in the final sentence I cannot quite get the sense of expression ' policing techiques ' . I guess it's something of the kind of ' methods that police use in their work ' , but why not 'police techniques ' , like ' police equipment ' or 'police museums ' ?

Thank you ,

best wishes ,
iliya_b

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