Video: Clarifying information

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In the BBC game show "Would I Lie to You', celebrities have to read out a sentence about themselves  on a card. Sometimes this sentence is true, sometimes false. The other panellists  then have to  ask questions about the story behind the sentences and decide if the person is telling the truth or not. In this video you will hear Rhod Gilbert talking about this story:

"A mistake I made in France meant that someone in England got hospitalised"

First you will watch the video to understand the main points of the story, then complete some missing words from the questions asked by the panellists. Finally, you will do an exercise to practise other questions to check or clarify information. Video time: 4 mins 28 secs  Activity time 30 - 45 minutes.


1   Watch the video the first time and find out

-  who the person in England was
-  why Rhod was in France
-  why the person in England got hospitalized

Listen again and complete the questions

_____________ you  _____________  learnt to read?
_____________ the mistake you made in the French language?
What _____________ the nature of this mistake?
What _____________ you _____________ in France?
What colour hair _____________ she _____________?
Can you _____________ us _____________ the incident?
Why _____________ they ask you to do that?
What was the relationship between Anne and the person ____________ had ____________ you to talk?
How _____________ you know _____________?
What _____________ next?
So she _____________  _____________ how to speak to the family?
What did you _____________ wrong? What did you _____________ wrong?
What does that _____________?
And that’s a mistake, _____________ ?
What happened?  _____________ they then rush her to this hospital?

3 Do the exercise on checking and clarifying

The video is here.
Exercise 3 is here.
The answers are at the bottom of the page.
If you would like a pdf version of Exercises 1 and 2, click here.

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Grammar: the basic tenses and you

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How many times have you learnt how to use the different tenses in English, only to forget how to use them a few weeks later?  One way to remember them is to memorize one key sentence about yourself for each of the main tenses.  

That is what you will do in this activity. But first you are going to do an exercise to revise some of the basic tenses. You will also review the corresponding question forms. Activity time: 25 to 45 minutes


1  Go to the revision activity. Complete the example sentences. Each section ends with a question. Write down an answer to each question. The revision activity is here.

2  Now use these ideas to note down some key sentences about yourself .

     I work.... 
     I lived....from....to....  
     I studied.... for....
     I'm working.....   
     I'm.... next week
     I was living....when....
     I've.... for....
     I've.... since....
     I've never....
     I've just.... 
     I probably won't....

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