Sammy is excited about taking Julia to his favourite campsite. There's just one problem ...

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Yes I like, but despite the camp-sites are always the cheapest options, I prefer to stay in hotels if I've got enough money to afford one.

In my childhood and as a teenager, I like camping, but today I prefer to go into a hotel.

Yes I like that is it

I have never been to a campsite. When I travel, I prefer to stay at the hotel for more comfort.

Hi Kirk, Tell me please why Sammy said "I go there a lot", instead "I have been there...", "I was..."? After all, he was there in the past, about 10 years ago.
Thanks.

Hi Al,

It would be more accurate for Sammy to say 'I have been there a lot' or even 'I was there 10 years ago' since, as you point out, it's been 10 years since he was last there. I suppose Sammy uses the present simple instead because he either feels that it wasn't long ago that he went there or because he's trying to show a confident face to Julia. It sounds like you've understood the essential differences between the tenses, which is the most important thing!

All the best,
Kirk
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Hi Kirk,
Thanks a lot!

All the best,
Al

No, I don't like camping, I prefer hotel.

My thanks to the guys who filmed these episodes.

Yes, I like camping! Mostly I like to stay near the river or lake.

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