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Sport Scene 2

Stephen and Ashlie run the half-marathon but disagree about how to win the medal. Who’s going to win?

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

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

We can use 'be about to' to say that something will happen in the near future. For example, Stephen says:

  • You're late! The race is about to start.

This means: 

  • The race will start soon.


Task 4


Language level

Intermediate: B1


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what does it mean
I'M HOPING to get a really fast time today.

Hello archijais,

'hope' could also be used in the present simple here ('I hope') - the present continuous form places a bit more emphasis on the moment the sentence is spoken. You can find the meaning of 'hope' in our dictionary.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

i notice the following expression: how many runners are there here today? we might say: how many runners are going to take part at race today? or how many peolple are going to came to dolores' party this evening?

i'd know if my sentences are right.


Hi rosario70,

Your sentences are almost perfect, but there is one small error in each. Here are the corrected versions:

How many runners are going to take part in the race today?
How many people are going to come to Dolores's party this evening?

In the first sentence, 'in' is used with 'take part' and in the second, after 'going to' you need to use the base form of the verb, which is 'come', not 'came'.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I don't mean to bother you with many questions but can you please help me out here. Will it be correct to use the following sentences to talk about where we are or what we are doing:

"I'm on a bus"
"I'm in the lift"
"I'm on the phone"
"I'm on my computer"?


All of those sentences look good to me.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for your assistance!

Hello Sir,
Can you please tell me the meaning of "get a really fast time" (Task 2 Q5)


Stephen said this in the video - you can see it in the transcript - and that context might help you to understand it. Stephen wants to run so fast that the time he finishes the race in is a low one.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team