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Music Scene 1

Stephen visits Ashlie and her band as they rehearse in a recording studio.

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Intermediate: B1


Sorry I have another question what hit the town mean

Hello fidaasiddig

I don't see 'hit the town' in the transcript, but generally it means 'go to town', or in this context, it could mean 'play music in town'.

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The LearnEnglish Team

(out of time ) what does it mean

I prefer electronic music and live perfomances waken more feelings than studio recordings.

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Hi, Team.
Help me with these, please?
Stephen : The one that goes 'duh, nuh, nuh, nuh'? That one's my favourite too.
Why is it 'goes' not 'went'?
Stephen means to describe one of song in the concert they've seen, right?
Ashlie : We can't make up our mind. We were thinking about The Mysteries.
Why is it ' can't ' not ' couldn't '?
Ashlie and friends were thinking about The Mysteries but they couldn't make up their mind, right?
Or may be my question, why is it 'were' not 'are' with the similiar logic above.
Whould you like to explain, please?
Thank you very much.

Hello Nizam Balinese,

In both cases the action described is still true: the song still goes  duh, nuh (etc.) and Ashlie and her friends still have not made up their minds. It is possible to use the past simple in each sentence but there would be a suggestion that these facts were true in the past but may not be now for some reason.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Ok, thank you very much Peter.
though, allow this question goes in order to make me more clear, please.
1. We were thinking about The Mysteries.
2. We've been thinking about The Mysteries.
What's the difference between them regarding to Ashlie's case?
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you very much.

Hello Nizam Balinese,

This is a question about the difference between the past continuous (events viewed as completed or belonging to a completed past time period) and present perfect continuous (events which are not finished and which continue into the present). The use of these forms in these examples is not different from their normal use. You can read more about them on these pages:

perfective aspect

continuous aspect

present perfect

past continuous

present perfect simple & continuous


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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