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Jobs Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen discuss differences between the past simple and present perfect and different uses of ‘look’ and ‘say’.


Watch the video. Then go to the Tasks and do the activities.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


I can see it now sorry my bad :D

What question word should I use to ask about the period of time in this sentence "The price of oil has gone uo by 20% OVER/IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS"

Hello natvolkova,

You could use 'in what period of time' or 'in which period of time', though there are certainly other possibilities.

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi i got a qshn ... what is the answer for below qshn
I.....(go)to the supermarket three times this week.
I think the answer is have gone but after i searched it turns out that it`s have been !!! can u please explain it for me ? or maybe we can use both ?

Hello StrangeGr,

'have gone' is fine, but it's true that 'have been' is as well. 'have been' is often used in place of 'have gone' to indicate that the subject has completed the journey. For example, consider these two sentences:

1. John has gone to the market.
2. John has been to the market.

1 means that John has gone out and implies that he is still out. 2 means that he has gone out and already returned.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

i dont get task 1 completely in last qshn there is no time but we user present perfect if u explain qshn 2 /4/7 pls

Hello StrangeGr,

As I'm sure you know, we use the present perfect to refer to an unspecified time or an unfinished time period. Time can be expressed in different ways. Sometimes it is explicit ['in the 1990s' = a finished time (Q1); 'since we were born' = an unfinished time (Q2)], and sometimes it is through reference to another time ['until I became a student' = a finished time (Q4)] or through an adverb ['never' = unfinished time (Q5); 'always' = unfinished time (Q7)].

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

it really did help Thank U

When I was a kid I dreamed...

a new grammer instead of I dreamt I just learnt.