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Podcast 38

Podcast 38

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In this week's podcast, Jack and Rich talk about last weekend's big matches in the Premier League between Arsenal and Leicester City, and Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. They talk about how managers change games and ask you what your perfect birthday result would be. The language focus is on the 'passive voice' and how it is often used in match reports.

 

 

How much did you understand?

Vocabulary 

In this podcast, Rich and Jack used some football vocabulary that might be new for you. Try the activity below to see how much you understand:

"In the 53rd minute, Spurs were awarded a penalty for handball."

"Eriksen was played through by Lamela."

Activity 1: In this activity, have a look at the vocabulary and try to match it to the correct definition.
Can you match the words to their definitions?

Christian Eriksen scored the winner for Spurs, against Manchester City, on his 24th birthday..

Language - The Passive Voice

In the podcast, Jack and Rich used some examples of the passive, which we create with the verb to be + past participle (3rd form of the verb). You can see two examples from the podcast below. We use the passive when it's not important or we don't know who did the action, when the main topic (the subject) isn't what did the action, or we want to put the most important thing at the beginning of the sentence. If you want to learn more, try the activity below and look at our Learn English Grammar Pages.

"Penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming."

"Giroud had a shot but it was saved brilliantly by Schmeichel."

 

Activity 2: In this activity, have a go at completing the sentences in the correct form of the passive.
Do you know how to use the passive?

The answer to last week's 'What's my Team?' competition was Leicester City. Congratulations to Kwesimanifest from Ghana! Your prize is on its way!

If the listening was a bit difficult, you can listen again and read the transcript at the same time.
Listen to the podcast and read at the same time.

Jack: Hello my name’s Jack and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast.

Rich: Hi everyone. I’m Rich and every week we talk about football and help you with your English.

Jack: This week, we’re going to talk about an amazing weekend in the Premier League, and we’re going to talk about birthdays and about how managers change games. The language focus is on how we use the passive voice.

Rich: And later, we’ll tell you about this week’s vote and I’ll also make another Premier League prediction.

Jack: But first, we have the result of our final ‘What’s my Team?’ competition riddle. Over the last few months there have been 20 competiton riddles and we’ve had winners from all over the world.

Rich: We’ve had winners from Poland, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Serbia, Ukraine, Tunisia, Ecuador, Kuwait, Algeria, Georgia, Armenia, Russia, Egypt, Spain, Italy, Uzbekistan and Montenegro.

Jack: And we’ve had entries from many, many more countries, too. Last week’s Premier League fan was Jennie and her favourite team is Leicester City, who are the Premier League leaders at the moment.

Rich: We made it a bit more difficult last week. There were no club nicknames and no clues about players or the city where they play.

Jack: But Leicester City’s season is certainly a dream and Jennie also said ‘people think our bubble is going to burst’, which is an expression that I like.

Rich: Yes, it’s an idiom to mean to end someone’s hopes or happiness. You could say that Arsenal burst Leicester’s bubble last weekend.

Jack: Arsenal won, which I was very happy about but I don’t think Leicester’s bubble has burst yet. They are still top of the league! So, who was last week’s winner?

Rich: We have selected a winner at random from the correct answers and our final and twentieth winner of the What’s my team? competition is Kwesimanifest, a Manchester Utd fan from Ghana. Congratulations Kwesimanifest! We’ll be in contact with you this week.

Jack: Well done Kwesimanifest. In our vote this week, we’d like to ask your opinion about the podcast.

Rich: We want to know how long the podcast should be. Do you think it should be about 5 minutes, between 5 and 10 minutes, between 10 and 15 minutes or longer than that? Vote for your preference and we’ll make the podcast at the length you want next week.

Jack: In last week’s vote, we asked you who you think is going to win the Premier League. A huge 56% of you think Leicester City are going to win it, 19% of you think Arsenal will become Champions, 13% think Man City will win the title and 10% think Manchester Utd can still catch the rest to win the Premier League.

Rich: Only 2% said that Spurs are going to win. Most of our votes were entered before last weekend’s matches so I imagine that some people have changed their mind now!

Jack: We also asked you why Leicester City are doing so well this season. Amaral from Albania, LiverpoolChile from Chile and Grigor25 from Armenia think that it’s Claudio Ranieri - the manager. Safwan2000 from Saudi Arabia thinks it’s a combination of the players, the manager and the style of play. Nalssgair from Libya thinks it’s the players because they play together as a team and they have Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

Rich: We also had lots of people using so and such in their comments last week. This was nice to see. We also corrected some of your comments. If you want us to correct your English, just write ‘correct me’ at the start of your comment.

Jack: What’s been happening in the Premier League this week, Rich?

Rich: We’ve already talked about it a little bit, but the big winners in the Premier League were the North London teams - Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. There were also big wins for Chelsea, 5-1 against Newcastle, and Liverpool who won 6-0 away to Aston Villa.

Jack: I watched the Arsenal match on Sunday. It was an amazing match. Leicester defended very well but I think Arsenal deserved to win in the end, but it was such a late winning goal - the 95th minute!

Rich: I watched the Manchester City - Tottenham match. It was a very good match too, but maybe not as dramatic as the match at Arsenal. Spurs got a penalty that many people thought was a bit lucky. City equalised and they looked like the team that would win but in the last few minutes Christian Eriksen scored the winner for Spurs. It was his birthday, too!

Jack: What a perfect birthday for him! What would your perfect birthday result be, Rich?

Rich: I’d say Liverpool winning 6-0 away from home but it wasn’t my birthday this weekend. It is my birthday when Liverpool play the League Cup Final in two weeks so I’m hoping for a good result against Man CIty. What about you?

Jack: I’d take a 95th minute winning goal but it wasn’t my birthday this weekend either!

Rich: Tell me more about the Arsenal - Leicester match, I heard that it was the Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, who changed the game?

Jack: Leicester scored first when they were given a penalty, which was taken beautifully by Jamie Vardy, who now has 18 Premier League goals this season. It didn’t look good for Arsenal at half-time. The match changed in the 54th minute when a Leicester defender was sent off. Coquelin came off and was replaced by Theo Walcott who scored the equaliser a few minutes later. With just a few minutes left Oxlade-Chamberlain was substituted for Danny Welbeck who was playing for the first time in nearly a year. Giroud had a shot but it was saved brilliantly by Schmeichel. I thought it was going to finish 1-1 but in the last attack - Danny Welbeck got the winner for Arsenal.

Rich: It sounds like it was a very exciting match. I wish I’d watched it. When you were talking about the match you used lots of sentences that used the passive. The passive is used a lot when we talk about football matches. This is because we are often more interested in what happened than who did the action.  

Jack: For example: ‘Leicester were given a penalty’. Here we are more interested in Leicester getting a penalty. We’re not that interested in who gave the penalty. And anyway, we know who gave the penalty - it was the referee - we know that, it’s obvious. It would be strange to say ‘the referee gave Leicester a penalty’.

Rich: Another example that you used was: ‘a Leicester defender was sent off’. Again the person who did the action was the referee.

Jack: Sometimes you might want to say who did the action in a passive sentence. For example:  ‘it was saved brilliantly by Schmeichel’ We think the save was the most important thing here so we put it first in the passive but we also think it’s important to say who did it so we use the preposition ‘by’.

Rich: Another example could be:

Jack: We create the passive by using the verb to be + the 3rd form of the verb. What we would like you to do now is listen to Rich talking about the Manchester City - Spurs match and listen to see if he uses the passive.

Rich: The first half was very defensive and the score was 0-0 at halftime but the second half was much more exciting. In the 53rd minute Spurs were awarded a penalty for handball. The penalty was scored by Harry Kane. City needed to score and a defensive midfielder was replaced with Iheanacho - a striker. A few minutes later, City had the equaliser and it was scored by Iheanacho. It looked like City would win but with a few minutes left Eriksen was played through by Lamela and Spurs, and Eriksen on his birthday, could celebrate a famous win when he put the ball past Joe Hart in the City goal.

Jack: So, Rich used a few passive sentences there, did you hear them all? How many did you hear? And that brings us to our questions for today. Question 1. How do you celebrate your birthday? What would be a perfect birthday result for you?

Rich: Question 2: Can you use the passive to tell us about a famous or recent football match?

Jack: Question 3: Can you use a passive sentence to tell us something that a referee, a manager and a player did in a match without mentioning them?

Jack: Did anybody make the right prediction last week, Rich? I know that you got it wrong again! Which made me happy as it meant that Arsenal won!

Rich: Some of you predicted an Arsenal win... Well done to Elghoul from Algeria, SalvaGh  from Spain, Shunka from Armenia, Aragorn1986 from Montenegro, and Mugemanyi from Rwanda. And a special congratulations to Rasha Nahas from Saudi Arabia, and Aroarm and Rafayel from Armenia who predicted the exact score 2-1 to Arsenal.

Jack: What match are you talking about this week, Rich?

Rich: The Premier League is taking a break this weekend. So I’m going to look at an exciting FA Cup match between Chelsea and Man City. Chelsea are in the best form of the season and are unbeaten in 10 matches and played with a lot of style in their last match - beating Newcastle 5-1. City have lots of matches in four different competitions and are not in great form after losing to Leicester and Spurs. Chelsea need to win to keep their season alive and I think they will. Final score: Chelsea 3-2 Manchester City

Jack: Right, anyway that’s it for today - we’ve run out of time! Thanks for listening. And don’t forget to write your answers to our questions, your predictions and anything you want to say about the website or football English in the comments below.

Rich: Don’t forget if you sign in, you can score points to see if you can get your club, your country and your name to the top of our leaderboard.

Jack:  Bye for now and enjoy your football!

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Podcast 38 - Vote

What do you think?

How do you like to celebrate your birthday? What would be a perfect birthday result for you?

Can you use the passive to tell us about a famous or recent football match?

Can you use a passive sentence to tell us something that a referee, a manager and a player did in a match without mentioning them?

Rich predicts that Chesea will beat Manchester City 3-2 in the FA Cup this weekend. Do you agree?
 
Remember to write your predictions and answers to the questions above in the comments section below. Good luck!.

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hsn's picture
hsn
17/06/2021
TR
3553
points

What do you think?
1- I like celebrate my birthday with the people who are close to me at home. A perfect birthday result for me is (1-0) winning of my teams. Hotspur and BJK-:)
2- I'd like to talk about the match played between Turkey and Wales in Europe 2020 yesterday. At first referee ruled the match very well. The game was dominated by Wales team. Many counter-attacks were taken place to the our national team goal. Because many ball lose were happened in the middle pitch. Additionally our player didn't organized and last shots weren't done correctly. Second goal was happened last minute of extra time. It was unlucky position for him that my team player G.Bale missed penalty kick.

Podcast’s time---In my opinion it should be between 10 and 15 minutes.

Phrase---In finance sector sometimes prices of commodities or stocks suddenly and unexpectedly rise even there is no reason for this. It's described as bubble at the prices and professionals know that bubble is going to burst very soon.


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hsn
17/06/2021 11:34
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
3553

What do you think?
1- I like celebrate my birthday with the people who are close to me at home. A perfect birthday result for me is (1-0) winning of my teams. Hotspur and BJK-:)
2- I'd like to talk about the match played between Turkey and Wales in Europe 2020 yesterday. At first referee ruled the match very well. The game was dominated by Wales team. Many counter-attacks were taken place to the our national team goal. Because many ball lose were happened in the middle pitch. Additionally our player didn't organized and last shots weren't done correctly. Second goal was happened last minute of extra time. It was unlucky position for him that my team player G.Bale missed penalty kick.

Podcast’s time---In my opinion it should be between 10 and 15 minutes.

Phrase---In finance sector sometimes prices of commodities or stocks suddenly and unexpectedly rise even there is no reason for this. It's described as bubble at the prices and professionals know that bubble is going to burst very soon.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
27/08/2020
UA
6192
points

A referee, a manager and any player with lots of others could be treated in the wrong way if the game got out of a referee's control.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
27/08/2020 17:06
Ukraine
Liverpool
6192

A referee, a manager and any player with lots of others could be treated in the wrong way if the game got out of a referee's control.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
27/08/2020
UA
6192
points

Shakhtar was undeservedly beaten by Dinamo 1 : 3 in the Ukrainian Super Cup a few days ago.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
27/08/2020 17:00
Ukraine
Liverpool
6192

Shakhtar was undeservedly beaten by Dinamo 1 : 3 in the Ukrainian Super Cup a few days ago.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
27/08/2020
UA
6192
points

I celebrate my birthday from time to time. The best I get from celebrations is the fact that the celebrated is alive and kicking. :-)


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Alex_from_Ukraine
27/08/2020 16:58
Ukraine
Liverpool
6192

I celebrate my birthday from time to time. The best I get from celebrations is the fact that the celebrated is alive and kicking. :-)

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mobeckham
10/05/2020
TR
6414
points

I predicted at that time that City would bounce back at this game as it was the only trophy they still play for
So final score Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea :)


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mobeckham
10/05/2020 05:29
Turkey
Manchester United
6414

I predicted at that time that City would bounce back at this game as it was the only trophy they still play for
So final score Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea :)

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mobeckham
10/05/2020
TR
6414
points

Passive sentences :
The best goal in PL history was scored by Beckham vs Wimbeldon
The most goals were scored by Alan Shearer
The most assists are recorded by the name of Ryan Giggs
Leicester City FC were given the title after their massive efforts


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mobeckham
10/05/2020 05:28
Turkey
Manchester United
6414

Passive sentences :
The best goal in PL history was scored by Beckham vs Wimbeldon
The most goals were scored by Alan Shearer
The most assists are recorded by the name of Ryan Giggs
Leicester City FC were given the title after their massive efforts

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
10/05/2020
TR
6414
points

I celebrate it with my friends by playing football together and the winning team eats the bigger cake :)
The perfect birthday would be at Old Trafford watching Manchester United in action :)


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mobeckham
10/05/2020 05:25
Turkey
Manchester United
6414

I celebrate it with my friends by playing football together and the winning team eats the bigger cake :)
The perfect birthday would be at Old Trafford watching Manchester United in action :)

MES's picture
MES
06/02/2017
AM
684
points

correct


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MES
06/02/2017 16:53
Armenia
Manchester United
684

correct

MES's picture
MES
06/02/2017
AM
684
points

one more time


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MES
06/02/2017 16:52
Armenia
Manchester United
684

one more time

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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016
GH
4754
points

I celebrate my birthday with my friends at school and my family at home later in the evening. A perfect birthday result will be a trashing of an opponent by my team.


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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016 16:28
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

I celebrate my birthday with my friends at school and my family at home later in the evening. A perfect birthday result will be a trashing of an opponent by my team.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/06/2016
GH
4754
points

I celebrate my birthday with my friends at school and my family at home later in the evening. A perfect birthday result will be a trashing of an opponent by my team.


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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016 16:21
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

I celebrate my birthday with my friends at school and my family at home later in the evening. A perfect birthday result will be a trashing of an opponent by my team.

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assemjuve
22/02/2016
PS
3705
points

Correct me.The match between Juventus and Napoli was played on Juve stadium, In the first half the match was played in a defensive style of playing, a few effective balls were played on the two keepers,one of the dangerous opportunities was played by Hysaj (Napoli player) as across to his mate Higuain but it was saved by Juve defender Bouncci with the side of his foot to provide a certain goal for Napoli, in the second half both teams have played much more attacking, a chance was missed by Dybala and the ball went above the bar, Morata was subsistuted by Zaza and Dybala by Alex sandro, In the 88th minute the ball was passed by Evra to Zaza and the ball was kicked by him with a powerful shoot and scored a goal,Juventus won 1-0 and the league is leaded by them currently.


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assemjuve
22/02/2016 14:11
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Correct me.The match between Juventus and Napoli was played on Juve stadium, In the first half the match was played in a defensive style of playing, a few effective balls were played on the two keepers,one of the dangerous opportunities was played by Hysaj (Napoli player) as across to his mate Higuain but it was saved by Juve defender Bouncci with the side of his foot to provide a certain goal for Napoli, in the second half both teams have played much more attacking, a chance was missed by Dybala and the ball went above the bar, Morata was subsistuted by Zaza and Dybala by Alex sandro, In the 88th minute the ball was passed by Evra to Zaza and the ball was kicked by him with a powerful shoot and scored a goal,Juventus won 1-0 and the league is leaded by them currently.

Rich's picture
Rich
23/02/2016
ES
594
points

Hi Assemjuve,

You use the passive really well and seem to understand how to use it without any problems. However, sometimes you seem to use it a bit too much so it's also important to know when to use the passive. In the comment below I've highlighted when you should use the active voice rather than the passive voice (blue). Also, remember the preposition 'by' is used to talk about the person or thing that does the action in the sentence. In your comment, you use 'by' followed by a second 'object' (red). Have a look and see if you can correct the sentences in blue and red. I hope this helps.

The match between Juventus and Napoli was played on Juve stadium, In the first half the match was played in a defensive style of playing, a few effective balls were played on the two keepers,one of the dangerous opportunities was played by Hysaj (Napoli player) as across to his mate Higuain but it was saved by Juve defender Bouncci with the side of his foot to provide a certain goal for Napoli, in the second half both teams have played much more attacking, a chance was missed by Dybala and the ball went above the bar, Morata was subsistuted by Zaza and Dybala by Alex sandro, In the 88th minute the ball was passed by Evra to Zaza and the ball was kicked by him with a powerful shoot and scored a goal,Juventus won 1-0 and the league is leaded by them currently.


Rich's picture
Rich
23/02/2016 00:25
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Assemjuve,

You use the passive really well and seem to understand how to use it without any problems. However, sometimes you seem to use it a bit too much so it's also important to know when to use the passive. In the comment below I've highlighted when you should use the active voice rather than the passive voice (blue). Also, remember the preposition 'by' is used to talk about the person or thing that does the action in the sentence. In your comment, you use 'by' followed by a second 'object' (red). Have a look and see if you can correct the sentences in blue and red. I hope this helps.

The match between Juventus and Napoli was played on Juve stadium, In the first half the match was played in a defensive style of playing, a few effective balls were played on the two keepers,one of the dangerous opportunities was played by Hysaj (Napoli player) as across to his mate Higuain but it was saved by Juve defender Bouncci with the side of his foot to provide a certain goal for Napoli, in the second half both teams have played much more attacking, a chance was missed by Dybala and the ball went above the bar, Morata was subsistuted by Zaza and Dybala by Alex sandro, In the 88th minute the ball was passed by Evra to Zaza and the ball was kicked by him with a powerful shoot and scored a goal,Juventus won 1-0 and the league is leaded by them currently.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
23/02/2016
PS
3705
points

Thank you very much.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
23/02/2016 11:26
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Thank you very much.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
22/02/2016
PS
3705
points

Congratulations.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
22/02/2016 14:06
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Congratulations.

haydi's picture
haydi
21/02/2016
TN
3189
points

Finally I catch you! There is proverb (I don't know its origin) saying : the route of 1000 miles begin by one step! I have a lot to say in comments in each podcast, but first I need to take a journey in the whole site web.


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haydi
21/02/2016 22:39
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Finally I catch you! There is proverb (I don't know its origin) saying : the route of 1000 miles begin by one step! I have a lot to say in comments in each podcast, but first I need to take a journey in the whole site web.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
21/02/2016
PS
3705
points

Correct me please,the match between Juventus and Napoli was played on Juve stadium, In the first half the match was played in a defensive style of playing, a few effective balls were played on the two keepers,one of the dangerous opportunities was played by Hysaj (Napoli player) as across to his mate Higuain but it was saved by Juve defender Bouncci with the side of his foot to provide a certain goal for Napoli, in the second half both teams have played much more attacking, a chance was missed by Dybala and the ball went above the bar, Morata was subsistuted by Zaza and Dybala by Alex sandro, In the 88th minute the ball was passed by Evra to Zaza and the ball was kicked by him with a powerful shoot and scored a goal,Juve won 1-0 and the league is leaded by them currently.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
21/02/2016 15:54
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Correct me please,the match between Juventus and Napoli was played on Juve stadium, In the first half the match was played in a defensive style of playing, a few effective balls were played on the two keepers,one of the dangerous opportunities was played by Hysaj (Napoli player) as across to his mate Higuain but it was saved by Juve defender Bouncci with the side of his foot to provide a certain goal for Napoli, in the second half both teams have played much more attacking, a chance was missed by Dybala and the ball went above the bar, Morata was subsistuted by Zaza and Dybala by Alex sandro, In the 88th minute the ball was passed by Evra to Zaza and the ball was kicked by him with a powerful shoot and scored a goal,Juve won 1-0 and the league is leaded by them currently.

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Rasha.Nahas
21/02/2016
SA
125
points

Chelsea 1-1 Man City


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Rasha.Nahas
21/02/2016 07:07
Saudi Arabia
Manchester United
125

Chelsea 1-1 Man City

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Sonchina
20/02/2016
AM
284
points

Dear Rich or Administrator I have been going through some materials here and I did find very interesting topics to discuss or to put comments. But the thing is that they are old ones as I see. My question is: "Can I still put comments on the sections which are old but which interest me a lot?"
Looking forward to your reply.
Thanks in advance.


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Sonchina
20/02/2016 18:25
Armenia
Manchester United
284

Dear Rich or Administrator I have been going through some materials here and I did find very interesting topics to discuss or to put comments. But the thing is that they are old ones as I see. My question is: "Can I still put comments on the sections which are old but which interest me a lot?"
Looking forward to your reply.
Thanks in advance.

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Rich
20/02/2016
ES
594
points

Hi Sonchina

Yes, of course you can write comments on older pieces of content and we are always very happy to see these articles being read and commented on. We will see your comments and reply to them. The best thing to do if you want to see if other people have replied to you, is to click the button that says 'send me emails when someone leaves a comment'. If you do this, you will then receive an email if someone replies to your comment. 

Rich


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Rich
20/02/2016 21:46
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Sonchina

Yes, of course you can write comments on older pieces of content and we are always very happy to see these articles being read and commented on. We will see your comments and reply to them. The best thing to do if you want to see if other people have replied to you, is to click the button that says 'send me emails when someone leaves a comment'. If you do this, you will then receive an email if someone replies to your comment. 

Rich

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Sonchina
23/02/2016
AM
284
points

Thank you. good idea. didnt know :))


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Sonchina
23/02/2016 13:11
Armenia
Manchester United
284

Thank you. good idea. didnt know :))

Sonchina's picture
Sonchina
20/02/2016
AM
284
points

I think Chelsea will be beaten by Man City by 3-2. Just the other way round that Rich predicts


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Sonchina
20/02/2016 18:22
Armenia
Manchester United
284

I think Chelsea will be beaten by Man City by 3-2. Just the other way round that Rich predicts

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Sonchina
20/02/2016
AM
284
points

Three years ago I got the best birthday i could every dream of. I got a guitar as a gift ( I wished to play the guitar) and most importantly got a scholarship to study in China. As for this year's birthday I wish to have the chance to live and work in China again. Sometimes miracles happen. I never lose hope. Or at least if I had a one day wish I would wish to go back in time (3 years ago)


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Sonchina
20/02/2016 18:20
Armenia
Manchester United
284

Three years ago I got the best birthday i could every dream of. I got a guitar as a gift ( I wished to play the guitar) and most importantly got a scholarship to study in China. As for this year's birthday I wish to have the chance to live and work in China again. Sometimes miracles happen. I never lose hope. Or at least if I had a one day wish I would wish to go back in time (3 years ago)

nika_chelsea25
20/02/2016
GE
1667
points

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nika_chelsea25
20/02/2016 11:08
Georgia
Chelsea
1667

this site is best site ever

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Rich
20/02/2016
ES
594
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Thanks for your positive comments, Nika! Did you know that Georgia was our leaderboard country champions last season? http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/read/stories/premi...


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Rich
20/02/2016 21:49
Spain
Liverpool
594

Thanks for your positive comments, Nika! Did you know that Georgia was our leaderboard country champions last season? http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/read/stories/premi...

nika_chelsea25
20/02/2016
GE
1667
points

chelsea vs manchester city 2-1
i am best player in my country, georgia hope to win
i dont celebrate my birtyday


nika_chelsea25
20/02/2016 11:07
Georgia
Chelsea
1667

chelsea vs manchester city 2-1
i am best player in my country, georgia hope to win
i dont celebrate my birtyday

SAFWAN20000
18/02/2016
SA
214
points

Chelsea 3-1 City


SAFWAN20000
18/02/2016 21:07
Saudi Arabia
Chelsea
214

Chelsea 3-1 City

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Liubomyr
18/02/2016
UA
4408
points

Correct me. My birthday is coming soon; on March 5th I'll celebrate it. But I’m really disconcerted because on that day my favorite team Watford will play against Leicester on Vicarage Road. I wish Leicester to win the Premier League this season, so it will be difficult for me to choose the team to support on that day. But, from another point of view, any outcome of that game would be a good birthday result for me.


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Liubomyr
18/02/2016 10:04
Ukraine
Watford
4408

Correct me. My birthday is coming soon; on March 5th I'll celebrate it. But I’m really disconcerted because on that day my favorite team Watford will play against Leicester on Vicarage Road. I wish Leicester to win the Premier League this season, so it will be difficult for me to choose the team to support on that day. But, from another point of view, any outcome of that game would be a good birthday result for me.

Rich's picture
Rich
18/02/2016
ES
594
points

Hi Liubomyr,

Thanks for your comment and enjoy your birthday in a couple of weeks! I've made one or two changes and also highlighted some words in blue. Can you look at the words in blue and change them for a better word? 

My birthday is coming soon It's my birthday soon; on March 5th I'll celebrate it. But I’m really disconcerted because on that day my favorite team Watford will play against Leicester on Vicarage Road. I wish Leicester to win the Premier League this season, so it will be difficult for me to choose the which team to support on that day. But, from another point of view, any outcome of that game would be a good birthday result for me.


Rich's picture
Rich
18/02/2016 11:01
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Liubomyr,

Thanks for your comment and enjoy your birthday in a couple of weeks! I've made one or two changes and also highlighted some words in blue. Can you look at the words in blue and change them for a better word? 

My birthday is coming soon It's my birthday soon; on March 5th I'll celebrate it. But I’m really disconcerted because on that day my favorite team Watford will play against Leicester on Vicarage Road. I wish Leicester to win the Premier League this season, so it will be difficult for me to choose the which team to support on that day. But, from another point of view, any outcome of that game would be a good birthday result for me.

Rafayel's picture
Rafayel
17/02/2016
AM
516
points

By the way a very important match will be played next weekend between Man United and Arsenal. Great teams and of course a great match is expected. Arsenal is to win it.


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Rafayel
17/02/2016 19:31
Armenia
Arsenal
516

By the way a very important match will be played next weekend between Man United and Arsenal. Great teams and of course a great match is expected. Arsenal is to win it.

Rafayel's picture
Rafayel
17/02/2016
AM
516
points

it was in the FA Cup in 2012 (if not mistaken) where the player had been struck dead. Unfortunately he had a heart attack but could be saved. But he cannot play any more.


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Rafayel
17/02/2016 19:16
Armenia
Arsenal
516

it was in the FA Cup in 2012 (if not mistaken) where the player had been struck dead. Unfortunately he had a heart attack but could be saved. But he cannot play any more.

Rich's picture
Rich
17/02/2016
ES
594
points

It was Fabrice Muamba who was playing for Bolton against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. This is a good article about it and, thankfully, there was a happy ending. http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/17460781


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Rich
17/02/2016 22:18
Spain
Liverpool
594

It was Fabrice Muamba who was playing for Bolton against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. This is a good article about it and, thankfully, there was a happy ending. http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/17460781

Rafayel's picture
Rafayel
17/02/2016
AM
516
points

I think that Chelsea Manchester match in the FA Cup will end in 1:2.


Rafayel's picture
Rafayel
17/02/2016 17:54
Armenia
Arsenal
516

I think that Chelsea Manchester match in the FA Cup will end in 1:2.

Rafayel's picture
Rafayel
17/02/2016
AM
516
points

My birthday is on the 3rd of September and I know that there are no matches this time, however I would like to celebrate my b'day differently. I wish to be present at any match where Arsenal is playing doesn't matter in what country. And the best birthday result for me would be if Arsenal won 3:0 or whatever score it was by 3score.


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Rafayel
17/02/2016 17:51
Armenia
Arsenal
516

My birthday is on the 3rd of September and I know that there are no matches this time, however I would like to celebrate my b'day differently. I wish to be present at any match where Arsenal is playing doesn't matter in what country. And the best birthday result for me would be if Arsenal won 3:0 or whatever score it was by 3score.

AleksandarR
17/02/2016
ME
518
points

Man.Utd was defeated by Sunderland 2-1 and De Gea was blamed for both goals.


AleksandarR
17/02/2016 15:29
Montenegro
Manchester United
518

Man.Utd was defeated by Sunderland 2-1 and De Gea was blamed for both goals.

Rich's picture
Rich
17/02/2016
ES
594
points

Good use of the passive, Alexsandar!


Rich's picture
Rich
17/02/2016 22:10
Spain
Liverpool
594

Good use of the passive, Alexsandar!

AleksandarR
17/02/2016
ME
518
points

I think it will be Chelsea 0-1 City


AleksandarR
17/02/2016 15:24
Montenegro
Manchester United
518

I think it will be Chelsea 0-1 City

SAFWAN20000
17/02/2016
SA
214
points

Hi please MP3 podcast.


SAFWAN20000
17/02/2016 14:27
Saudi Arabia
Chelsea
214

Hi please MP3 podcast.

Rich's picture
Rich
17/02/2016
ES
594
points

Hi Safwan20000

Thanks for the reminder (again!). It's there now.

Rich


Rich's picture
Rich
17/02/2016 22:09
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Safwan20000

Thanks for the reminder (again!). It's there now.

Rich

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kwesimanifest
17/02/2016
GH
4754
points

Am absolutely elated. Really appreciate the commendations from all of you.
Thanks to the premierskillenglish crew for this innovation to further our studies in the English language.


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kwesimanifest
17/02/2016 12:41
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

Am absolutely elated. Really appreciate the commendations from all of you.
Thanks to the premierskillenglish crew for this innovation to further our studies in the English language.

nikosonris
17/02/2016
UA
2453
points

Correct me: I don't see eye to eye with Rich on his prediction. I think Man City are going to pull it off. Final score: Chelsea 1 - Man City 2


nikosonris
17/02/2016 09:37
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Correct me: I don't see eye to eye with Rich on his prediction. I think Man City are going to pull it off. Final score: Chelsea 1 - Man City 2

Rich's picture
Rich
17/02/2016
ES
594
points

Hi Nikosonris

I like your use of the expression 'eye to eye'. It's usually used in the negative form so it works nicely here.

'To pull something off' is usually used when something is very surprising or when there are lots of obstacles or difficulties in the way. I'd say that Man City winning away at Chelsea wouldn't be that surprising and we don't know about any obstacles from reading your sentence.  'Pull off' tends to be used in sentences like this:

'Manchester City pulled off an amazing win at Chelsea despite playing an under-strength team.'

or

'Can Leicester City pull off the biggest shock in Premier League history?'

There are, of course, many different possibilities, but I would probably go with a sentence like this:

'I don't see eye to eye with Rich on this one as I think Man City will get the win.'


Rich's picture
Rich
17/02/2016 15:27
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Nikosonris

I like your use of the expression 'eye to eye'. It's usually used in the negative form so it works nicely here.

'To pull something off' is usually used when something is very surprising or when there are lots of obstacles or difficulties in the way. I'd say that Man City winning away at Chelsea wouldn't be that surprising and we don't know about any obstacles from reading your sentence.  'Pull off' tends to be used in sentences like this:

'Manchester City pulled off an amazing win at Chelsea despite playing an under-strength team.'

or

'Can Leicester City pull off the biggest shock in Premier League history?'

There are, of course, many different possibilities, but I would probably go with a sentence like this:

'I don't see eye to eye with Rich on this one as I think Man City will get the win.'

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Alex_from_Ukraine
19/02/2016
UA
6192
points

I can't see eye to eye with Nikosonris on the future PL champion, but I can do so with Rich. :-)


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Alex_from_Ukraine
19/02/2016 06:00
Ukraine
Liverpool
6192

I can't see eye to eye with Nikosonris on the future PL champion, but I can do so with Rich. :-)

nikosonris
18/02/2016
UA
2453
points

Thanks Rich! Your comment is very much appreciated!


nikosonris
18/02/2016 07:54
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Thanks Rich! Your comment is very much appreciated!

nikosonris
17/02/2016
UA
2453
points

Correct me: If I were to pick the perfect way to celebrate my birthday, I would probably go to the travel agency and buy a tour round the world to end up at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, where Arsenal would beat whatever team qualified for the Champions League final )))


nikosonris
17/02/2016 09:17
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Correct me: If I were to pick the perfect way to celebrate my birthday, I would probably go to the travel agency and buy a tour round the world to end up at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, where Arsenal would beat whatever team qualified for the Champions League final )))

Rich's picture
Rich
18/02/2016
ES
594
points

A very good conditional sentence. I've made a couple of slight grammatical changes below:

If I were to pick the perfect way to celebrate my birthday, I would probably go to the travel agency and buy a tour round the world to end up ending at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, where Arsenal would beat whatever team that had qualified for the Champions League final smiley


Rich's picture
Rich
18/02/2016 13:25
Spain
Liverpool
594

A very good conditional sentence. I've made a couple of slight grammatical changes below:

If I were to pick the perfect way to celebrate my birthday, I would probably go to the travel agency and buy a tour round the world to end up ending at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, where Arsenal would beat whatever team that had qualified for the Champions League final smiley

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assemjuve
17/02/2016
PS
3705
points

The match of Juventus and Napoli was played on Juve stadium, In the first half the match was played in a defensive style of playing, a few effective balls were played on the two keepers,one of the dangerous opportunities was played by Hysaj (Napoli player) as across to his mate Higuain but it was saved by Juve defender Bouncci with the side of his foot to provide a certain goal for Napoli, in the second half both teams have played much more attacking, a chance was missed by Dybala and the ball went above the bar, Morata was subsistuted by Zaza and Dybala by Alex sandro, In the 88th minute the ball was passed by Evra to Zaza and the ball was kicked by him with a powerful shoot and scored a goal,Juve won 1-0 and the league is leaded by them currently.


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assemjuve
17/02/2016 02:49
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

The match of Juventus and Napoli was played on Juve stadium, In the first half the match was played in a defensive style of playing, a few effective balls were played on the two keepers,one of the dangerous opportunities was played by Hysaj (Napoli player) as across to his mate Higuain but it was saved by Juve defender Bouncci with the side of his foot to provide a certain goal for Napoli, in the second half both teams have played much more attacking, a chance was missed by Dybala and the ball went above the bar, Morata was subsistuted by Zaza and Dybala by Alex sandro, In the 88th minute the ball was passed by Evra to Zaza and the ball was kicked by him with a powerful shoot and scored a goal,Juve won 1-0 and the league is leaded by them currently.

eman elsisy
16/02/2016
EG
5
points

Congratulations to Kwesimanifest


eman elsisy
16/02/2016 22:25
Egypt
Arsenal
5

Congratulations to Kwesimanifest

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aragorn1986
16/02/2016
ME
3557
points

So, the dance was performed by a player on the WC in Italy, the mistake was made by a ref. and one player was substituted with his own manager.


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aragorn1986
16/02/2016 21:54
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

So, the dance was performed by a player on the WC in Italy, the mistake was made by a ref. and one player was substituted with his own manager.

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aragorn1986
16/02/2016
ME
3557
points

I remember one referee who showed three yellow cards in one match but he wasn't aware of it so the player continued to play; one manager who led their team in the first half and entered as a player in the second half in the FA cup final against Man.Utd.; one player who scored against Romania and started dancing round the corner flag:-)


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aragorn1986
16/02/2016 21:51
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I remember one referee who showed three yellow cards in one match but he wasn't aware of it so the player continued to play; one manager who led their team in the first half and entered as a player in the second half in the FA cup final against Man.Utd.; one player who scored against Romania and started dancing round the corner flag:-)

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