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Jobs Scene 2

Ashlie and Stephen help out in an ice cream van. That sounds easy, doesn’t it?

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the first Task. Watch the video again and then finish the Tasks. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

We can use sentences with 'be going to' in two ways:

  • to make predictions, e.g. 'It's going to rain.'
  • to describe our plans or intentions, e.g. 'I'm going to make some coffee.'



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Can I ask a question?

Stephen asked : " what WAS the name of the place?"

Why he asked in past tense? The name of the place is still there and it's "fact" means we must ask in present tense like "what is the name of the place?"

I am a bit confused.
Could you help me with this?

Hello Veny,

Both What was... and What is... are correct here. As you say, the name has not changed so the present form is logical. However, we often use the past form when we are trying to remember something that was said or read in the past, even if it is a fact which is still true. You'll often hear people say things like:

What was the price of that sweater?

What was the restaurant called?

What was your friend's name, again? I can't remember.



The LearnEnglish Team

In task 2, the part " Just think, all the ice cream you can eat. It's going to be great". I believe that i heard that he said "... It's gonna be great". I think it should accept this answer.

Hello quoc hung,

In natural speech 'going to' usually sounds like 'gonna' but we rarely write it that way. In writing 'gonna' is a non-standard form which may be used sometimes in informal contexts or for particular effects (attempts to represent dialects, for example) but which is not the standard written form. In most contexts writing 'gonna' is not appropriate.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

i see. thank you, sir.

to me, if first time u run a place,u have to contact with the experienced people about it..if not, u can get bankrupt

Hi Team.
1. "It doesn't look like we're going to sell any ice cream today".
2. "It looks like we're not going to sell any ice cream today".
Do they have the same meaning?
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you very much.

Hello Nizam,

Yes, that's correct -- they mean the same thing. In English, unlike many languages, a negative and affirmative verb combination makes a sentence with negative meaning. If both verbs were negative, it would have a positive meaning, which isn't what they mean here.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

He/she might have very customers and not have enough time.
I think they would.

I think running a business is very difficult. You must struggle with a lot of difficulties.