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Episode 25 - Transcript
ANNE goes shopping at the Market.
ANNE waits at the counter of the fish shop.

ATTENDANT
Who’s next please?

ANNE
Could I have some prawns please?

ATTENDANT
Fresh, frozen or cooked?

ANNE
Frozen please.

ATTENDANT
How much do you need?

ANNE
About five hundred grams please.
He weighs and wraps the prawns.

ATTENDANT
That’ll be ten dollars thankyou.

ANNE
Thankyou

ATTENDANT 2
Can I help you?

ANNE
Some of these leeks.

ATTENDANT 2
How many love?

ANNE
Three.

ATTENDANT 2
Something else?

ANNE
Some ginger.

ATTENDANT 2
Right there love.

ANNE
Oh, right. Just this piece please.

ATTENDANT 2
Okay.

ANNE
Do you have any bean sprouts?

ATTENDANT 2
Yes we do. How much would you like?

ANNE
About a hundred grams.

ATTENDANT 2
Will that be all?

ANNE
Yes thanks.

ATTENDANT 2
That’ll be four dollars thanks.

ANNE
Thankyou.
Through the crowd Anne sees a young man who looks familiar. Could it be David, her long-lost brother?

Episode 25 - Notes


1. SHOPPING
When shopping, the attendant often asks
Can I help you?
You can now ask for what you want.

ATTENDANT 2
Can I help you?

ANNE
Some of these leeks.

The attendant also might say
Who’s next, please?
If it’s your turn to be served, you can now ask for what you want.

It’s polite to say
Could I have......
or
Can I have......

ATTENDANT
Who’s next please?

ANNE
Could I have some prawns please?
If you are buying a number of things, the attendant will ask:
Is that all?
or
Will that be all?
or
Something else?
This means you can ask for more things:

ATTENDANT 2
Will that be all?

ANNE
Yes thanks.

ATTENDANT 2
Something else?

ANNE
Some ginger.
We say no if we want more when asked Will that be all?:
Will that be all?
No, I’ll have some apples as well.
You reply yes or just say what you want for more when asked Something else?
Something else?
Yes, some apples.
You reply like this when you don’t want more:
Will that be all?
Yes thanks.
or
Something else?
No, that’s enough.

To pay, you say:
How much is that, please?
The attendant will reply or just tell you
That’ll be five dollars thankyou.
or just
That’ll be five dollars thanks.
That’ll be means “the price is..”, or “could you please give me…”

ATTENDANT
That’ll be ten dollars thankyou.

ATTENDANT 2
That’ll be four dollars thanks.
   
2. SOME & ANY
We use some for amounts that are not definite or exact.
I want some sleep.
I want some ham please.

ANNE
Could I have some prawns please?

ATTENDANT 2
Can I help you?

ANNE
Some of these leeks.

ATTENDANT 2
Something else?

ANNE
Some ginger.
You can use some and any in questions about amounts:
Do you have some milk?
Do you have any milk?

ANNE
Do you have any bean sprouts?
For positive replies use some:
Do you have any milk?
Yes we have some.

Positive statements also use some.
I want some dinner.
We use any for negative replies
Do you have some milk?
No, we don’t have any.

or for negative statements
You’re not getting any dinner.
   
3. HOW MUCH & HOW MANY
We ask how much? for things we measure and weigh.
Scales measure weight
Measuring Tape measures length
A clock measures time
How much sugar do you want?
One kilogram.

How much of this cloth do we need?
Two metres.

How much time does it take?
An hour.

ATTENDANT 2
How much would you like?

ANNE
About a hundred grams.

ATTENDANT
How much do you need?

ANNE
About five hundred grams please.
You ask how many? when you want the number of things.
How many presenters are there on Living English?
Two

How many bananas do you want?
Six.

ANNE
Some of these leeks.

ATTENDANT 2
How many love?

ANNE
Three.
   
4. A FEW, MANY & A DOZEN

We say a few for a small number of things.
I need a few minutes to get dressed.
I only want a few apples.

We use few for things that can be counted.
There’s only a few clouds in the sky.

We use many to mean a lot.
There are many matches in a box.
There are many fish in the sea.

We say a dozen to mean twelve (12).
Eggs are sold as a dozen (12) or a half a dozen (6).
Can I have a dozen eggs please?
 
   

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