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The British Pub

Carmen talks about the history and continuing popularity of the great British pub.

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Intermediate: B1


Pubs sound interesting but i can't afford to go there because I'm afraid of developing a drinking problem. Here in Austria there are a lot of Pubs. I usually go there with my friends to get a soft drink. It's quiet similar in the UK, that's why I'm surprised that people in the UK also have a lot of Pubs. I don't think that the drinking problems here in Austria is as dramatic as in the UK but I know for sure that many people have it. I even know people at my age that already binge drink. I can imagine that it is fun go on a Nightout in a Pub.

Hello can you please help me with this
I spoke to someone and I said (didn't you hear me?)
They replay:No you haven't answered
Why it is haven't answered and didn't answer
Other thing , I want to know when to use preposition after verb example :meat up with someone or meat someone

Hello fidaasiddig,

Normally, we would say 'You haven't answered' with an implied '...yet'. However, in this interaction I would say that 'You didn't answer' is more natural because there is already a past time context (Didn't you hear me?') and we would maintain the consistency of the other person's time frame here.

'Meet someone' can describe the first time you meet someone or a meeting with someone you already know. It can be used for social or more formal (business) occasions.

'Meet with someone' and 'meet up with someone' are not used for first meetings. These phrases have very similar meanings, though 'meet up with' is generally used more for social than business occasions.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much! I enjoy the video!

I love pubs, they give me the possibility to be relaxed. In fact, I enjoy so much drinking a beer in friendship or with your girlfriend and could be safer and easier-going. About binge drinking, I hope that this kind of celebration, wich make people aggressive etc..., will go to reduce for the people safety.

I like very much a British custom of socialising in the pubs. I wish I was born in Great Britain. It seems to be a beautiful country to live, work and enjoy the life.

Hi English Team,
There is a sentence: Do you have a place you can go to socialise...'
I'd like to ask about 'to' - is 'to' grammatically inhered in 'socialise' or not?
I suppose one can say shortly : 'Do you have a palce you can go to?' Would it be correct?

Hello Tom First,

The 'to' here is part of an infinitive. This use is sometimes called infinitive of purpose and it means something like 'in order to'. You can read more about infinitives here.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


Drinking is really harmful , I don't know why people still risking their lives?
Thanks for God it's forbidden in my religion