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What is "stuffing" at Christmas dinner?
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A: So why aren't you wearing your new jumper, Ashley?

B: Oh, don't. My mother is lovely but she's not very good at making jumpers.

A: Did Stephen like the socks you bought for him?

B: I think so. It's so hard to know what to buy Stephen.

A: Well, socks are a very traditional present to give to someone when you don't know what to buy them.

B: Yeah, I know, I know.

A: And I want you to look at traditional Christmas things especially Christmas food. Watch this.



B: Here'e the turkey then.

C: It looks lovely, dear. Yes, please.

D: Ashley, Stephen, did you remember the sprouts? What about the stuffing?

C: It's not a proper Christmas dinner without stuffing.

B: Fine.



A: So traditionally, we eat turkey on Christmas day, December 25th. It's usually a really big meal with roast turkey like you had. Not everyone has turkey of course. But it is the traditional thing to eat. And you serve the turkey with vegetables, like potatoes ans carrots and sprouts.



D: Ashley, Stephen, did you remember the sprouts?



A: Brussels sprouts are small green vegetables. They were eaten at winter time and especially at Christmas.

B: Well I don't need every of them at Christmas. I don't like them that much.

A: And stuffing. That's something we always have in Christmas, isn't it?

B: Yeah.

A: Stuffing is a mixture of bread and herbs that we're cooking inside the turkey and serve with dinner.



D: What about stuffing?

C: It's not a proper Christmas dinner without stuffing.

B: Fine.



A: So a very traditional Christmas dinner and it looked lovely.

B: It was very nice even if I do this all by myself.

A: Ashley, your mom said you looked lovely. Watch.



D: Merry Christmas, Ashley. You look lovely.

B: Oh, thank you.



A: Your mom said "you look lovely".

B: I know. She's so sweet.

A: Now I want you to think about that "you look lovely" and watch this again.



B: Well, the turkey is cooking and the potatoes are boiling. But you still have to do these sprouts.



A: The turkey is cooking. The potatoes are boiling. That is cooking and boiling is the present continuous. And we use it when?

B: For thing's happening now? Right, not always, just at the moment.

A: That's right. But why did your mom say "you look lovely" and not "you're looking lovely"?

B: Because I always look lovely?

A: You do, Ashley. But what's for something else?



D: You look lovely.

B: Oh, thank you.

D: Lunch smells wonderful, dear.



B: Lunch smells wonderful?

A: Yes. that's something that's only at the moment. But why isn't it "lunch is smelling wonderful"?

B: I'm not sure.

A: It's because there are some verbs that we don't usually use in the present continuous tense. Verbs that talk about senses - see, smell, taste, hear for example. "I can hear music", not "I am hearing music". And verbs that talk about what we think or feel. So "I don't know what to do", not "I'm not knowing what to do".

B: I see what you mean.

A: That's it, not "I'm seeing what you mean". Now let's talk about that jumper again. Look at what your mom said to Stephen.



D: Oh, you're lovely, I knew you would. It really suits you.



B: It doesn't really suit him, does it?

A: Not really. Because when something suits you, it looks really good on you. My students sometimes get "it suits you" mixed up with "it fits you". If something fits you, it's the right size. If it suits you, it looks good.

B: So that jumper doesn't fit Stephen and it doesn't suit him either.

A: No, it doesn't for Stephen.

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