14. Describing People

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avatar Kate

Hi there~
Thanks for the intersting lesson.But I do have a question abt this conversation below:
Joey: You didn’t spill the coffee on her boyfriend on purpose, did you?Mike:Actually, I did! It works every time!
Personally,Mike didn’t mean to spill the coffee on Susan’s Ex-boyfriend. His target was Susan.So he should’ve said “Actually, I didn’t”. Why he uses “I did” in that situation?Am I wrong?

avatar Edwin

I don’t understand went Daniel say “Sounds like Susan and Mike went to a cafe for the
old meet-up-for-coffee-first-non date.” i didn’t understand the joke…

avatar EnglishClass101.com

Hi Katherine,

Thank you for your question. It’s an interesting one.

Essentially, both the gerund and the infinitive are verbal nouns.

The gerund is a verb made into a noun by attaching ing to the end.

For example, run becomes running.

The infinitive is a base form of the verb and starts with “to”

run -> “to run”

Because they are nouns, they can be used in different parts of the sentence where nouns are used.

We usually use gerunds as the subjects of sentences:

Running is good for you.

But you can use both the infinitive and the gerund as objects of certain verbs.

I hate running.

I love to run.

They can also be used in the sentence in a variety of ways. What gets used well often depends on usage and what sounds more natural.

It’s a great question — Please let us know if you have any others!

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avatar Katherine

I would like to know about The grammar point of The infinito and using The gerúndio may YOU explain for me ,please!

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Hi Herman,

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Keep studying!

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avatar Herman

I could not download the MP3, please help me to fix this problem.
Thanks. Herman

avatar EnglishClass101.com

Hi Mino,

You’re correct, he does say ‘like a gentleman.’

Thanks for noticing!

Hi Francesco,

When he says, “call it even,” he means that she will not owe him anything for paying the cleaning bill. To say, “we’re even,” means you do not owe me, or a debt has been repaid.

Great question, and keep studying!


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avatar mino9980@naver.com

in this lesson “So she thought you were a gentleman and fell in love with you?”

it sounds to me “So she thought you were like a gentleman and fell in love with you?”

Am i wrong??

thanks always!! :smile:

avatar Francesco

In this lesson Mike says: ” I suggested we get together for coffee and call it
even”. I don’t understand what does he means with “call it even”. Perhaps he means to call for a coffee not necessarily now but even after a while?
Thank you.

ps. very fun lesson. Chihiro your laughter is contagious.

avatar EnglishClass101.com

Dear Luo,
The sentence “I don’t have the looks” means the person does not regard themselves as good looking. “..so I have make up for it somehow” means the person needs to compensate for this (usually through having a good personality or some other good characteristic, for example).
Thanks for your question! Good luck!
Kind regards,
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