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Flathunting Scene 1 Language Focus

Ashlie and Rob cover some different ways to talk about disliking something and continue on to discuss the present continuous.

Task 1

Choose the right ending to finish the expressions.



Task 2

Match the examples of the present continuous with the right description.



Task 3

Finish the sentences from the last exercise by using the present continuous. Use 'always' if you need it.




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


In the first task of 'flat hunting scene 1- language focus' , why is it wrong to say the following 2 sentences marked 1 and 2 respectively
1. I can't stand geography
Answer given by British Council- I can't stand ironing
2. I couldn't stand geography
Answer given by British Council- I couldn't stand geography

Is there any rule that "couldn't stand" is followed by a noun and the phrase "can't stand" is followed by a verb

Hello Hubaib Hassan,

Your sentence 1 is correct, but if you include all the text after 'geography', it's not correct. In other words, the sentence 'I can't stand geography when I was at school!' is NOT correct. This is because the two verbs should be in the same tense, and they are not.

Your sentence 2 is identical to our answer.

The main difference between 'can't stand' and 'couldn't stand' is that the former is present and the latter is past.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team


thank you im very happy to communicate with you to improve my writing and English

I cant distinguishe between I cant bear and I cant stand helpe me plz

Hello lubnaou,

There is no difference in meaning between the two phrases.  I would say that 'can't bear' is perhaps a little stronger, but this will depend upon the context and/or the intonation of a given example.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

I want to thank to the people who made efforts to give us such a good learning system. These lessons are so effective!

I like a lot of this exercises!!!!!

Thanks for the video, I understand perfectly when Rob speaks, but unfortunately I don't understand what's Ashlie saying :((

Hi!! it's the same with me :(