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Northern Ireland Scene 2

Once they've dried off, Ashlie and Stephen explore a bit more of Northern Ireland's heritage and, like so many places in the UK, that means... ghosts!

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Stephen says to Ashlie: "I had your room changed.
Stephen didn’t change Ash’s room himself, but he asked someone else (the hotel receptionist) to do it.
We use this structure (have + object + past participle) to talk about asking other people to do things for us.


Task 4


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Ashlie’s insisting we also take time to see the sights, why it's not Ashlie insist to take time and see the sights I didn't get the structure of the sentence

Hello fidaasiddig

'insist' is usually followed by a clause beginning with 'that' or with the preposition 'on' plus a verb in the '-ing' form. For example, 'Ashlie insists (that) we take time to see the sights' or 'Ashlie insists on taking time to see the sights'.

The word 'that' is often left out in informal speaking, which is why you don't hear Ashlie say it in the video.

You can learn a bit more about this on our Verbs followed by the '-ing' form and Verbs followed by the infinitive pages.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I am absolutely do not belive in ghosts although my grandmother had told me that when she was young her attacked by one
I imagine that ghosts could live somewhere in abandoned places.

Hello, Team!
I have a grammary question about "have smth done" structure.

As I understood we use:
- "had smth done" - when we speak about the past;
- "be having smth done" - when we speak about the present;
- "be having smth done" or "will have smth done" - when we speak about the future;

And we never use "have smth done" or "has smth done", except when it follows a modal, e.g. "should have smth done".

I mean, there's no situation, when we may say "I have my hair cut".
Am I correct?

Hello Yshc,

The tense usage with this structure is the same as with any verb. Thus, if you want to talk about something in progress at the time of speaking then the present continuous is appropriate (I'm having my house painted at the moment), while if you want to talk about something which is generally or typically true then the present simple is the normal option (I have the garden tidied once a month). As you can see from the last example, have something done is quite normal if the context requires it.

As I said, the verb forms used with this structure are no different from any other structure. You can use  going to as well as will, you can use present continuous forms for arrangements and so on.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you!
Everything is easy:) It looks like I confused myself:)

In this sentence:I’ll sleep like a log
What does log mean?
I have searched it in the dictionary but the meaning doesn't make sense
Could you explain it please
Thanks in advance

I do not believe in ghosts but some stories if they make me think about whether they exist or not

Well, I do not believe in ghots and simply I believe all they are created by humans. They are just our imaginations created in our frontal talamus inside nerves and impuls for ages in humans and old anchestors.