课程 2

Daisy's in The Box! Find out what she's doing in there, and remind yourself of the rules of the present simple, present continuous, present perfect and past simple tenses as well as the 'going to' future.

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Living in The Box

Who's used all the teabags?!

Soon we'll be explaining a bit more about tenses but first let's meet Daisy again. Daisy's obsessed with celebrity culture. She auditioned for a place on the reality TV show 'The Box' - and she got in! She's now living in The Box with a group of total strangers.

Let's see how Daisy is getting on. Watch the video and see if you can answer these questions:

  1. Does she like life in The Box?
  2. What does she do every day?
  3. What isn't she drinking - and why?
  4. Who has used all the teabags?

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Harry
So, are you enjoying being in the Box? It’s mad, isn’t it?

Daisy
Yeah, I'm loving it. It's like being at home. I like this bed.

Harry
Oh yeah. So, what do you do when you're not in The Box?

Daisy
Err... not much... I go to the shops.

Harry
I love shops. Cool. Yeah.

Daisy
I go shopping every day. I used to go once a week but... you know…there's so much to buy.

Harry
Have you started your French classes yet?

Daisy
No, not yet. I haven't had time. I've decided to concentrate on my career.

Harry
Your career? What, like work?

Daisy
Yeah, I'm going to be famous... One day.

Harry
Right, cool, yeah. Do you want something to eat?

Daisy
No thank you. I've already had a sandwich.

Harry
Right. Cup of coffee?

Daisy
No thank you – I'm not drinking coffee – too much caffeine.

Harry
Right, yeah. Tea?

Daisy
OK... I'd love one, thank you.

Harry
I don't believe it – Darren’s used all the teabags. I hate him!

Did you manage to answer the questions about the video? Here are the answers:

  1. Daisy likes life in The Box. She says 'I'm loving it' (*see note below about this phrase).
  2. Daisy goes shopping every day.
  3. Daisy isn't drinking coffee because it has too much caffeine in it.
  4. Darren has used all the teabags!

Did you notice the tenses that Daisy and Harry used? Here's a reminder of some of the tenses we've covered in this course so far. Have a look at the grammar notes and then try the activity.

Present simple and present continuous

We use the present continuous for things that are happening now and for temporary situations. We often use time expressions like at the moment, this week and these days. 

We're staying in a fantastic hotel in Goa this week.

We use the present simple for things that we do regularly and for permanent situations. We often use adverbs of frequency and time expressions like sometimes, every day and on Saturdays.

I swim every day before breakfast.

Past simple and present perfect

We use the past simple tense when an action or situation happens and finishes in the past. We usually say or know when it happens.

We arrived two days ago.

We use the present perfect in several ways:

1) to talk about our experiences in the past. We don’t say when these happened because we are interested in the experience, not the time or date. We often use the words ever and never. 

Have you ever been here?
I've never been to Goa.

2) to talk about situations that started in the past and are continuing now. We sometimes ask a question with how long + the present perfect and we answer it with the words for or since.

How long has Mia been in Goa?
She's been there for two days.
It's been really hot since we arrived. 

3) to say whether an action has happened or not at the present time. The words just, already and yet are very common with this use of the present perfect.

I've already done some sunbathing. ­
We haven't seen much yet.
The sun's just disappeared!

There is more information on our grammar reference page.

*A note about 'I'm loving it'. This is non-standard usage. In less formal English, the continuous form is sometimes used with state verbs. You might also hear someone say, 'I'm hating this movie.' The -ing form of the verbs in these examples have a sense of being temporary.

To do

Now let's look at the tenses that Daisy and Harry used. Try this activity. 

Do you know your tenses?

5 Questions

Each question has the name of a tense and three example sentences. Which of the three sentences matches the name of the tense? You decide... good luck!

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Next

So Daisy is living in The Box. How she will get on? Will she be the last person to stay in there and win the competition? Before we find out, we need to discover more about tenses and how to form them. That's in the next activity.

 

本课语法

  • Present continuous
    Use this for things that are happening now and for temporary situations, with time expressions like at the moment, this week, these days.

    We’re staying in a fantastic hotel in Goa this week.

    Present simple
    Use this for things that we do regularly and for permanent situations, with adverbs of frequency and time expressions like every day, on Saturdays.
     

    I swim every day before breakfast.

    Past simple
    Use the past simple tense for situations and actions that finished in the past.

    We arrived two days ago.

    Present perfect
    Use this:1) to talk about our life experiences, often with the words ever and never.

    Have you ever been here?
    I've never been to Goa.

    2) for situations that started in the past and are continuing now. We can questions with how long + the present perfect and we answer them with the words for or since.

    How long has Mia been in Goa?
    She's been there for two days.
    She's been there since Wednesday.

    3) to say whether an action has happened or not at the present time. The words just, already and yet are very common.

    I've already done some sunbathing. ­
    We haven't seen much yet.
    The sun's just disappeared!

本课词汇

  • total strangers
    people who you have never met before