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Paris Scene 2 Language Focus

Rob gives us some good advice for speaking well, and then he and Ashlie talk about good and well.

Task 1

Task 2

Remember, after verbs like 'look', 'feel', 'sound', 'smell' and 'taste', we use adjectives not adverbs:
     Anna looks good in that new dress.
     (= She has a good appearance.)

'well' is usually an adverb but sometimes it's an adjective which means 'healthy':
     The cat doesn’t look well.
     (= It doesn’t look healthy, it looks ill.)


Task 3


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello Marilena,

After some verbs we use adjectives rather than adverbs as we are describing a property of the object, not the action. The 'sense' verbs are examples of this: smell, taste, sound, feel, look. Thus we say

It looks good

rather than

*It looks well*

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

So useful video , thanks

Rob's advice is absolutely helpful for us to speak very well. I'm doing that way to improve my English to a higher level! Thanks for this great programme released!

Hi Peter,

please let us know why does not British counsil have an online course like other institutes do , face to face group leasons, so we can practice live. as they said it in the scene it's all about confidence. I tried badly to bult my confidenc alon, however no seccess. please let us know you you guys are inteding to do start giving online courses.

May some people here are agree with me it's boring to practice alon, specially if it not easy for us to creat story that we can talk about with ourselves. is it possiple for us to publish our personal emails to make a new friends (learners) to proctice togather in skype for example ?

Hi moustafa,

Our House Rules forbid the sharing of personal information in order to protect minors, as well as our user's privacy, among other things. It is in part a legal matter as well, so I'm afraid we can't allow such sharing at present. We plan to introduce a way for users to share contact information so that they can contact each other to practise speaking, but it's still under development.

As for a course, there is one being developed, but I'm afraid I don't know when it is to be released, nor do I know anything about the course format or contents. Once we know more details, we will certainly announce them here on LearnEnglish, so please keep an eye out for that.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team


Thanks Rob , I wish you come one day to Egypt and teach me in British Council There . Best regards

For Question7, "it smells really good."
Why it is not" it smells really well" ?
i think in this sentence we are describing the verb-smell. So we should use"well".
Could you possibly explain why "good" is the answer?

Hello nicola171,

In English verbs connected with the senses are usually followed by adjectives rather than adverbs.  These verbs include smell, sound, taste, feel and look.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team


Thank you!!

Hello Peter, i am Aaron again. I know the meaning of what Rob said: still get your message across, but i don't know how to use the word across. So when will i use that word? Thank you!!