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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


grammar not grammer

as a six form college called Gymnasium student, I worked, carrying out local newspaper.

I am not going to talk about any above exercises because i would like to inform something different that is what i am here wait for someone to talk a lot because of i really want to improve my English speaking skills and also writing and reading. if so , does anybody can help me and you can suggest your own techniques.


May I ask a question? At the end of this clip, Rob mentioned a different kind of pronunciation for 'It says'. However, I don't really see where the difference is. Would someone like to help explain that a bit more? Thanks.


Hello Joe,

Sometimes we pronounce the word 'says' to rhyme with 'days', while other times we pronounce it to rhyme with 'fez'. The first is more stressed, the second is more common in many dialects.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

I have a problem with the answer of the question 5.because the text did not specify whether the lady or woman was seen on the for me both of the answers are correct. Please I woul like to have an explanation.

Hi Germe,

I suppose you're talking about the fifth sentence in Task 1, right? The present perfect is the best answer here because of the phrase 'in my life'. As the past simple is used to refer to a finished past time, if it were used in combination with 'in my life', it would imply that my life is over, i.e. that I am no longer alive.

Another way to think about it is that the present perfect is often used to speak about our personal experience. Have you seen our talking about the past page? It has further explanations and examples of both of these verb forms that I think you might find useful.

I hope this clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,
Thank you very much for your help.I have got to understand after your explanation and the tenses.

Ashlie: Stephen, we’re here to help out. We’re here to help Tristan’s dad sell the ice cream – not eat it all ourselves.

I missed episode; I heard it in the scene 2. Thank you !


Ah, I see! Can you please ask the question on that page, then? It helps other users if the questions are on the relevant pages.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team