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Intermediate: B1


Thaks Mr Kirk

Dear Sir Kirk ,

I need to know what is the meaning of the word works: The Works is this course ?

Best Wishes

Hello medmomo,

'Works' can refer to pieces of writing by authors. For example, you might see a book entitled 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare' which would contain everything Shakespeare ever wrote. That may be the meaning here but without knowing the context I cannot say for sure. Unless 'The Works' is a title (of a play, a film or a book, for example) then it would not have a capital letter but would be 'The works...'


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I haven't see you for a long time= haven't see you for ages

Haven’t seen you in ages!
sir pls explain this sentence.


The meaning of the sentence is

I haven't seen you for a long time.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi sir,
Could you please explain what are the meaning of these phrases.
"mustn't grumble"( still I don't understand this)
"what have you been up to" my feeling is "what is your present situation"

Hello dlis,

'grumble' is a common verb (follow the link) and 'mustn't' is the negative form of 'must' - you can see more about it on our Modals 1 page. You are right about 'what have you been up to?' - it basically asks what a person has been doing recently, which is often another way of asking how they are.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

"Must not" can be written as "Musn't". Can we call it a "Contraction" of "must not"?

Hello Scholar12,

Almost! 'musn't' is not spelt correctly -- instead, write 'mustn't'. Yes, this is a contracted form of 'must not'. You can read more about 'must' and other modal verbs in our modal verbs section.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team