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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


Hello Teachers ,

Here , when Stephen explains how they're enjoying Northern Ireland he says : We've been surfing today and we went to a haunted castle . Don't you think that sentence will sounds much better if we insert connecting words , like first and then ? e.g. First we've been surfing today and then we went to a haunted castle ?

Thank you ,

Best regards ,

Hello iliya_b,

Not really. We use sequencing devices like this when it's important for some reason to show the order of events, and to emphasise that order. Normally we would say the activities in the order in which they occurred, but the choice not to use sequencing devices shows that we are putting the emphasis on the events rather than the sequence. It's not important which of these activities was first; what is important is that they were fun and contributed to the enjoyment of the holiday. If Stephen used first... second... etc then it would give the impression that the sequence was somehow relevant to the answer.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


In the transcript, Stephen says this, "Come on – let’s go see if we can find a ghost." May I know why it's not "...let's go and see...", where there's the word "and" there? Thank you. : )

Hello pocoyo,

You are very observant! Great work! Sometimes and is dropped after the verbs go and come when they are used like this, which results in sentences like the one your ask about here. What Stephen says means exactly the same thing as "let's go and see".

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir,
I'm confused the meaning of this phrase "in this haunted hotel" in the following sentence.
Stephen: Me too. But I’ve found all the ghost stories a bit scary. I feel a bit nervous about spending the night in this haunted hotel, don’t you?
Please, explain me sir. I think haunted hotel means the hotel in which the ghosts are living. Am I right?

Hello Ko Ko,

That's correct. haunted here has the second meaning in the Cambridge Dictionary (on the right).

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there,

anybody can help me about this sentence :
"all talk about the ghosts HAS GOT ME THINKING the hotel is haunted"
what kind of grammar is that phrase in upper-case?
Thanks so much

Hi saeedahwaz,

It means 'has made me think' or 'has given me some ideas'.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

hi Rinling I've always wanted to visit transilvania. Do you know if there are some good camping there?

Hi SIr, I can not understand this sentence in which present exactly (we have been surfing today).