Gemma goes to the shop.

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What new phrases have you learned from this video?

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shamim 31 December, 2016 - 19:45

I watched this video and read your comment, So I have just learnt these new phrases:
1- there's £1.60 change.
2- "How much it that?" "that is..." sometimes is Ok.
3- Is that everything?

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Avatar 23 November, 2016 - 03:47

Good morning. I wonder why Gemma didn't ask "Have you got the cold ONE" instead of "have you got cold ONES" because she wants to buy a bottle of water not some bottles of water (she asked the shopkeeper "Do you have a bottle of water?") Thank you so much.

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Jonathan - Coor... 24 November, 2016 - 06:12

Hi Avatar. Good attention to detail! Yes, Gemma could have asked 'Have you got a cold one?' But it's actually fine (and very common) to ask 'Have you got cold ones?' too – it's clear that she only wants to buy one, not all of them. :)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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lekimkhanh0109 19 October, 2016 - 15:14

I wonder one thing. That's about a question: "How much is that?" Gemma bought 3 things, so I think question is " How much are these?" Why does the video use " is that" for plural? Can you help me?
Thank you so much!

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Jonathan - Coor... 20 October, 2016 - 08:53

Hi lekimkhanh0109. Good question. Actually, this is the standard phrase to use, even if you are buying many things. In this case, 'that' means 'everything' (How much is that? = How much is everything?) and notice the shop assistant's reply also uses 'that' (That’s £3.40, please).
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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