Stephen tries out his skateboard at a skate park. What could possibly go wrong?

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello my friends! I think this text and video are very funny! I learned many words, verbs and expressions. I know, present perfect is difficult, but i try to understand it. Thank you very much for your lessons!
Good luck !

“Stephen’s come skateboarding”why is it so

Hello jasibu,

We often use 'go' and 'come' plus an -ing form (e.g. 'skateboarding') in informal speaking. It generally means 'go/come to do skateboarding (or whatever the -ing form is).

In this case, it's a present perfect form ('Stephen has come') plus the -ing form, since Ashlie is describing an action that started in the past and continues in the present.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

"Task 1
Check your understanding 1
Put the events in the order the happen in the video".

"The happen in the video"? Is it a correct sentence or a typo? Shouldn't the proper one be "Put the events in the order they happen in the video". "The events... happen", so "they". Or am I wrong?

Hello piotr_,

You are quite right - well spotted!

We try very hard to ensure that our material is error-free but some inevitably slip through and then we rely on our users to spot them. Thank you for flagging this up for us.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Not at all :)
Best regards

Hello team.
I donn't know "What are you up to?" meaning. Can you help me?
Thank you very much.

Hello nganpham1096,

This is an informal way of saying 'What are you doing?'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi. Team
I want to participate at your courses face to face on line. But my country's name isn't in your countries list. Iam from Kurdistan/lraq

Hello Helan gian,

I'm sorry that you're not able to find a face-to-face British Council class in Kurdistan/Iraq -- we are located in many countries around the world, but there are some places that we do not have a centre.

We offer some free online classes at FutureLearn that perhaps might be of interest to you. You're also welcome to use all of LearnEnglish for free. If there's any other way we can help you, please do ask us.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team