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Hospital Scene 2 - Language Focus

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

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Does anybody know if the custom of giving grapes is connected with the idiom "sour grapes"?

Hello Hessegrave,

There are different ideas about the origins of this custom - if you do an internet search for 'origin grapes to hospital', you can see plenty of them. The idiom 'sour grapes' has a different and more certain origin: the fable of the Fox and the Grapes (from Aesop).

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

A quick question please: do we keep the contracted form in formal English? E.g: 'I'd' in 'If I'd known it was your birthday...'. Thank you very much again!

Hello Amina,

In general, contracted forms are avoided in formal English, but this is not a hard and fast rule, especially in situations that are formal but not extremely formal. In such contexts, 'I'd' instead of 'I would' is one of the forms that you can often find.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there, thank you very much for the explanations provided and the quality of the materials!

rob is the best English teacher in the world!

Oh, I absolutely agree with you. He is perfect!!!

hi mates, i can't grab what rob says at e.g. (0.08) till (0.10) i hope someone helps me.

there are other episodes, you are fantastic.

thank you very much.



Rob says "I wonder if that's the same everywhere."

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

hi , the above conditional is that second or third ? , and when we say ' if i were you i would call him again ' what is the difference between this conditional and the above one .

Thanks alot