London has some of the world’s most famous department stores: Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and many others. Our presenter Richard visits them and also samples a smaller shop for a range of shopping experiences.

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In what order did Richard look at the following products?

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What's special about each shop or area?

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Task 3

Match the beginnings and ends of these phrases.

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Task 4

Richard said "If only they had it in my size". Type the correct form of the verb in the gap. Make it negative if necessary. 

We have a page on LearnEnglish about the use of 'if only'.

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Hi,
I would like to ask your support about this matter.
I really don't understand the difference in meaning using I wish/If only + past simple or I wish + would.
In both cases it means you are regret for something in the present that you would like to be different. It refers to something that it can't even happen in the future.
When do I have to use the one and when the other?
Thanks a lot for your great job.
Ciao
Marco

Hi Marco,

Generally, we use [if only/wish + past simple] to talk about an imaginary present. For example:

I wish it was warmer today.

If only the house had a bigger garden!

 

We use [if only/wish + would] when we want to emphasise that there is an element of choice about the future. For example:

I wish he wouldn't do that.

If only he would agree to meet is.

 

We would not say this:

I wish it would be warmer today.

The reason for this is that there is no choice involved. The weather is not sentient and does not choose to be warm or cold. We can imagine a non-sentient thing to be sentient (anthropomorphisation), however, and say:

I wish it would stop raining!

Again, this refers to the present.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

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Here in my country, Viet Nam, the shopping is basically similar to London with the mega mall, long street that have hundreds of luxury adjacent shops. As a developing country, there are many famous brand entering to Viet Nam for a potential market but at this time almost people just come to have a look for the expensive things that only famous and rich can afford. We only really go shopping there at the sale seasons when shops make their total clearance at everything that what I like to go shopping at my country and I think London people so :)

Hello everyone..
☆ What are the differences between shopping in London and shopping where you live?
- I'm living in a town, called Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia. Shopping in my place where I live is a little different from shopping in London. There's no big malls with airconditioning that you can stay in to escape the heat. Instead, traditional shops and markets are seated around on different streets. I love to just walk around before or after dinner when the temperatures are a bit more comfortable and see what they have to offer. However, we also have world class malls in our big capital city. It will take you two and a half hours to get there.
☆ Tell us what you like about shopping in your country and what could be better?
- The cost of living in my place is low, and so are prices... A lot of things are low prices. Even the most exclusive high end products will be considerably cheaper than what you would pay anywhere else, particularly London and Europe. Silver, handicraft, art work, painting, fashion&clothes, furniture, snack&candy, you name it... our traditional shops and markets offer flexible prices, making the best deals possible for those with bargaining skills.

actually there is no comparison between shopping in my country and shopping in London , cause we miss the variety i saw in this video

I do not know why english people like so many kinds of hat.

wow we too have traditional hats, like the Pakul for southern regions :)

In Greece we haven't any money to buy clothes, let alone to the London....

really?I think greece is a very rich country.

Pretty silly if you ask me besides being unpractical. Deutsche Welle lets me download everything! You can even download American news flashes. Really a pitty

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