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Hospital Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen talk about the third conditional, some medical vocabulary and ‘neither’ and ‘nor’.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Dear Sir
Would you mind me expalining the what is the meaning of the act which both Ashlie and Stephen made with their fingers while Stephen was going to X-Ray?
Thank you.
Also could you check my quesiton above? Is it correct?
Thank you so much

Hi musashow17

Could you please tell us what the time code is? For example, at 2:27 in the video on this page, Stephen is pointing with his finger.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Sir
Time is 1.46-1.48

Hello musashow17,

The gesture is called crossing your fingers and people do it when they are hoping for good luck.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for reply

Hello dear team,
Nice to meet you again.
In a film:
A: I don't like this food
B: Me neither

And in another situation :
A: Did you kiil her?
B: I kill no body.

My questions are:
1."me neither " formal or informal?
If it is informal, is it correct in grammar or not?
2.Are the differences from "I kill no body" and " I didn't kill any body?"
I kill no body, formal or not? Correctly or not? (Grammar)

Thank you very much for your answers.

Hello fahri,

'Me neither' is indeed correct. It's neutral in register, though perhaps slightly more informal than formal.

'I kill nobody' isn't really correct in standard English grammar -- 'I didn't kill anybody' is the correct version. It's also neutral.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello dear team,
Nice to meet you again.
You said: (in quick grammar) chapter "so"

To show negative agreement we use ‘neither’.

“I haven’t done the homework”. “Neither have I.”
“I don’t want another drink” “Neither do I.”
He doesn’t look very happy and neither does she.

Neither +v+s
Neither do I
Neither +s+v
Neither I do

1.Is it must like that ? (Invert s and v with negative)
2.What about "rarely , barely, never, nor, only" ?
Are they like "neither" or not?

Thank you very much

Hello fahri,

Yes, the inversion is necessary. As you're noticing, inversion is used (in a formal style or in a few fixed structures such as 'Neither do I') after adverbs or adverbial phrases which limit what is about to said or which are negative. You can see a little bit more on this in the Cambridge Dictionary grammar entry for inversion, and I'm sure you can find other explanations around the internet if you want to investigate this further. 

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

(From Cambridge dictionary)
They said:
Inversion can happen after here, and after there when it is as an adverb of place. After here and there, we can use a main verb without an auxiliary verb or modal verb:

Here comes the bus!

Here’s your coffee.

In many film that someone gives something to the other, he says:
"Here you are"
And from another situation he says:
"Here you go"

And from the popural song, he says:
Here I am, this is me
There's nowhere else on Earth.

My question is:
Here you are.
Here you go.
Here I am.
Without inversion. (Here+s+v)

We need some advice from you (the team ) if you don't mind.

Thank you very much team.