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The City of London

Nick talks about the history of The Thames and then is shown around a houseboat on the river. Later, he meets some artists who create incredible images of London in the future.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Comprehension Task

Fill in the gaps in the sentences with the words from the box.

Exercise

Task 2

Comprehension Task

Read the questions about the video and select the right answers.

Exercise

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hello nkmg,

When we speak about a past action with a present result, we're speaking about an action that happened in the past and the results of that action, which began in the past and still continue now.

If you are speaking only about when it was built, the past simple would be the verb form you'd most likely use, e.g. 'Elizabeth Tower ('Big Ben') was completed in 1858', but if the action you're referring to began in the past and is still true now, the present perfect would be the correct form, e.g. 'Elizabeth Tower was completed in 1858 and has been an important symbol of the UK for decades'. The idea of 'has been' is that it became an important symbol in the past and also still is an important symbol today.

I hope this helps you.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello nkmg,

I'm afraid that this sentence is not correct. In terms of verb tense, the present simple is not correct here, because Elizabeth Tower was completed in the past (1858), not the present.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hey Adam, you work in British Council or not?

Hello nghialtvn,

LearnEnglish is supported and created by the British Council; all of the members of the LearnEnglish Team work for the British Council.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

why does Britain have so many names

Hi Krik
Thank you for your prompt reply, yes the problem is solved now, but it was really for all the vedios at that time, and not only to th transpeort ones.
Best regards

Hello
All the videos of the Transport and travel are missing and cant be reached? can you advise please

Hello rababa99,

I can see the videos now - can you? It's possible that there was a momentary problem with the server when you were viewing the pages before. If you still can't see the videos, I'd suggest downloading and installing the latest version of the Adobe Flash player. This normally solves any video problems. If not, please let us know.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

good night learners..and sorry for my tedious posts… shame on me ! I sometimes wonder if I'm getting a little bit fastidious…but I lot of doubt are obsessing my mind.
1) …brought food and people TO the capital. Is it the same if I write "brought food and people IN the capital?"
2) "what's like TO live on a houseboat ?" Is it the same if I write "what is it like living on a houseboat?" or "what is it like studying at Oxford" "what is the social life like in Rome"..
3)"for me it's being"…why not "for me it's TO BE" "my fear was TO BE alone"….etc
4)melting ice sheets… why not "melting OF ice sheets". Greetings from Italy to you all. It's always a pleasure practicing with you. Thank you very much indeed.

Hello apc,

That's quite a lot of questions! In answer:

1) No. 'Bring' needs the preposition 'to' or 'into', not just 'in'. Sometimes when people speak they shorten 'into' to 'in', but this is a non-standard form.

2) Both 'What's it like to live on a houseboat?' and 'What is it like living on a houseboat?' are correct; both 'What is it like studying at Oxford?' and 'What is the social life like in Rome' are also correct.

3) The question in the text is 'What's the best thing about living on the river?' After a preposition ('about') we need an object, which means we need a noun (phrase), a pronoun or a gerund. We cannot follow a prepositon with the 'to infinitive' form. The answer ('For me, it's...') follows the same pattern as the question, but does not repeat all the words.

4) 'Melting' here is an adjective, not a noun. Just as we would say '...due to warm weather' and not 'due to *warm of weather', so we say 'due to melting ice sheets'.

I hope that clarifies these examples for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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