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Music Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen take a look at ‘play’, ‘live’ and ‘mind’ and how they can be used in different ways.

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi English Team,
Thanks for very useful explanations. But I'm not convinced as to the sentence ',,,to see our favourite band playing live'. In this case Rob said that 'live' is an adjective. I think it's rather an adverb, because 'playing' is a -ing vorm of a verb, and -- as you said above -- 'live' is an adverb describing an action. Moreover 'playing' is not a nound in that case, in my opinion. Am I wrong? Why?

Thank you

In task 2, it's written " speech live" but previously, it's said "live concert".
How can you know whether to use "live" after the noun or before ?

Hello Stephane,

When 'live' is used as an adjective with a noun, it goes before the noun, as in 'live concert'. In the exercise, 'live' is used adverbially in the expression 'live on television', which is why it doesn't go before the noun 'speech'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


The word 'live' is used a little differently here.

In the phrase 'a live concert', the word 'live' is an adjective and comes before the noun.

In the phrase 'make a speech live on television', the phrase 'live on television' is an adverbial phrase describing the verb. It comes at the end of the sentence.

In other words, when 'iive' is an adjective it comes before the noun which it describes. When 'live' is an adverb describing an action is comes at the end of the sentence. For example:

I love live music. There's nothing better! [an adjective describing 'music']

I save the band play live. They were great! [an adverb describing 'play']


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, I didn't know the adverbial use of "live"

Hi English Team

Is this true:

What is in your mind? = What are you thinking about?

Hello maisam34,

Do you mean 'on your mind'? 'What's on your mind?' does indeed mean 'What are you thinking about?'

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi English Team,

I want to ask you a question. I see that drum or flute is also the verb, so we can use them as verb. For example. Instead of saying: I learned playing the drum. We can say: I learned drumming or I learned to drum. Is that Ok?

Thank you very much.
Best wishes,

Hello Linh Nhu,

After the verb 'learn', we usually use the infinitive form of a verb, so 'I learned to drum' is correct, though with musical instruments we usually say 'I learned to play the X' (where 'X' = the name of the restaurant). By the way, although in some unusual contexts 'flute' may be used as a verb, in general it's not used when talking about playing a flute – we generally say 'play a flute'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team