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Starting a Business

Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Joe meets young British people doing just that, and gets advice from entrepreneurs old and new, including Sir Richard Branson.

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

Task 1

Watch Joe's documentary about young business people. Put the interviews in the correct order.


Task 2

Watch the video again. Complete the paragraph about Arnold du Toit and RolleyGolf with the correct words.


Task 3

Choose the correct tense, present or past, to complete the passive sentences from the video.


Task 4

Can you remember the passive sentences from Task 3? Type in the correct forms of the verbs in (brackets).



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Dear Team,
please, could you explain to me- or suggest some specific grammar- why in the sentences1-2-4-5 the 3rd and 4th Tasks [''is played''-''is invented''-''is being sold'' etc.] we must use a simple passive voice form, but in the sentence 3 we use a continuous form? I don't feel any difference in the meaning.
All my thanks

Hello nikoslado

I'd say that Joe used the continuous form here to show that this is something new or developing, which is one meaning that the continuous aspect commonly expresses. It would also be correct to use a simple form here, but the continuous one adds another layer of meaning.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

This is such a good article.

I would give some advices to young business people which starting their own, in the first- do not be greedy; to be fair and do not dance to someone else's tune and of course another trivial thing it is do not be lazy.

Hello. Why is it no "to" between help and lift? (...that can help lift you and...) help me, please.

Hello LiliyaSun,

'help' can be followed by both a to-infinitive or a bare infinitive. There is no difference in meaning.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Yes, I have but now I don't want.
They must have a basic business first.

I'm a student but I have thought of running my own business before. I think it could be enjoyable but a little bit hard.

I am a student. But I don't want to run my own business. I think it is very hard.

Hello British Council team,

At "Word on the street" -> Jobs -> Starting a Business -> Task 2, Comprehension 2, there is an error on the last line, in the sentence " It's now possible to ride the RolleyGolf on the road|s in Britain " concerning the word "road" or "roads". What we must fill in is either "oad" or "oads", because the "r" already exists. However, if I write down "oad" the system will take it as an error, because in the background the expected answer to be written down is "road" and not "oad" as it should be.
Can you take a look, please?

Thank you!

Best regards,