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Hospital Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen talk about the third conditional, some medical vocabulary and ‘neither’ and ‘nor’.

Watch the video. Then go to the Tasks and do the activities.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello everyone. I would like to ask regarding the first exercise. Why do we say "we wouldn't have got lost. I think we need to use "have gotten lost" instead, since the form is past perfect.

Hello Hnat Lesiv,

In British English, 'got' is usually used for both the past simple and the past participle forms. In other words, most speakers of American English use the three forms 'get, got, gotten' but most speakers of British English use 'get, got, got'.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi British council.
In this video when Mr.Rob talked about Poppy , he used the pronoun ''her''.
Would you mind to explain why he used a pronoun which is specific for human to talk about the dog? I mean why he didn't use the pronoun ''it''.

Hi walid seraj,

It is very common in English to use he or she to talk about animals which we know - farm animals, pets, horses and so on. We only really use 'it' when we are talking about an animal which we do not know, or talking about a kind of animal in general.


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The LearnEnglish Team

If I'd hardly worked in the university, I would have learnt English already.

Which conditional is past perfect with would+present perfect as in the video?

Hello Wasiu Giwa,

That form is usually referred to as the 'third conditional'. You can find more information on it here and here.

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The LearnEnglish Team

In my country, when a friend is in hospital, we bring him/her some biscuits or sweets

It s cute.In my country,we bring them fruit or fruit juice

Hi Eugenia Cozzi ! Where r u come from? Well, in my country we often bring milk and fruits for a friend when they unfortunately in the hospital ^.^