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Ace

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'Ace' can describe a type of playing card but it can also mean something else. This leads to confusion when Finn and Feifei play a game of cards.

An ace playing card

What's your favourite card game?

The script for this programme

(Feifei and Finn playing cards)

Feifei: I'm laying a five.

Finn: I'm laying an eight.

Feifei: Hmm, I'll lay a jack.

Finn:(Faster pace) Queen!

Feifei: Ace!

Finn: OK OK, you go again!

Feifei: Right, this time I'm laying three sevens.

Finn: Wow, going bigger, are we?

Feifei: Absolutely! Come on then, what have you got?

Finn: I've got three kings! Here you go! I bet you can't beat that?

Feifei: Hahaha! Check this out Finn - three Aces! (Very happy) Yay, I win again... dinner is on you then?

Finn: Yes, yes, I know. I didn't know you were an ace card player!

Feifei: What do you mean 'an ace' card player? I play other cards too! I just played a five, a jack, a queen, two fours, three... (interrupted)

Finn: No, no, no. I didn't mean literally 'an ace' card player. In English, we can use the word 'ace' as an adjective to mean 'very good, excellent, and awesome'.

Feifei: So you are actually saying I'm an 'excellent' card player? Ahh, thank you Finn, very kind of you to say so.

Finn: Here are some examples using the word 'ace'.

  • This is an ace idea!
  • That is an ace laptop you've got!
  • Have you listened to Arctic Monkeys' new album? It's ace!
  • I'm ace at cooking!
  • Andy Murray is an ace tennis player!


Finn: So we can use 'ace' to describe an idea, a thing or a person. And you can say you're ace at doing something. So Feifei, do you like pontoon?

Feifei: Yes, it's ace!

Finn: Shall we have a game? I'm pretty ace at playing pontoon.

Feifei: But it's time for dinner and you are paying!

Finn: One more game...

Feifei: No, let's go now, I'm hungry! Can we go to the new Thai restaurant that's just opened? I heard they serve ace tom yum soup!

Finn: OK, in that case, let's go now.

Feifei: Ace!

Finn: Don't forget to check out bbclearningenglish.com for more The English We Speak. Bye!

Feifei: See you next time!

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