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Multicultural Britain

Notting Hill Carnival grew out of Caribbean traditions. Today, it is an event where all cultures come together. As Nick’s been finding out, the UK truly is multicultural.

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Task 1

Vocabulary Task

Match the words in the box with the descriptions underneath.

Exercise

Task 2

Vocabulary Task

Read the questions and select the correct answers.

Exercise

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hello. Could you please help me?
What's wrong with the following sentence? Why?
- Before trying on shoes, you should always wear socks.
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam,

I think you need to use the verb 'put on' rather than 'wear'.

When you have a time reference like 'before' you need to refer to a particular action which you could take. You could use 'wear' if the sentence referred to a general state rather than an action:

Before trying on shoes, you should always put socks on.

When trying on shoes, you should always be wearing socks.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. Could you please help me? Which adjective is correct in the following sentence? How can I use them correctly?
- The Clarence Hotel in Exeter is a (historic - historical) one in England.
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam

There is an explanation of the difference between 'historic' and 'historical' on this Cambridge Dictionary page. Unless I've misunderstood what you mean, 'historic' would be the correct choice here.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Could you please help me?
I looked up the words "mark" and "stain". However, in the following sentence, I can't decide the difference in usage.
- The bark of the tree had made black (stains - marks) on his trousers.
I appreciate your helping me. Thank you so much.

Hello Ahmed Imam,

'Mark' is a very general word. You can make marks on a page with a pen or on a wall with a stone. The weather can leave marks on clothes and time leaves marks on your face.

'Stain' is more specific. It is usually negative (something you do not want) and it is not just on the outside, but in some way has combined with the material so it is hard to remove. Paint leaves stains on your clothes, for example.

In your example I think 'stain' is probably the best choice.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Could you please help me?
What is the difference between "sculpture" and "carving"? In the following sentence, can we use both?
- I read a book about the history of European painting and (sculpture - carving).
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam,

 

Carving in the artistic sense refers to a way of making something by scraping away parts of it. The material is usually hard rather than soft. Carving is one technique in scultpure. When used as a noun, carving usually describes a pattern made in something flat or small, such as a wall or a piece of wood.

 

Sculpture has a broad meaning. It creates free-standing forms which can be abstract or representational (especially of people). Examples include the Moai from Easter Island, the Venus of Willendorf, the Angel of the North and Michelangelo's David.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

So, do you mean that both words are OK in this sentence or only one of them?
Thank you

Hello again Ahmed Imam

I'm afraid neither Peter nor I can say without knowing more about the book that you're referring to. Usually a book that addresses painting will probably also look at sculpture in general (rather than just carving), but as I said, that really depends on what the book is about.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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