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Episode 27 - Transcript
ANNE sees JOHN and describes her brother’s possessions.
ANNE is sitting in JOHN’s office.

ANNE
I thought I saw David at the market. But I didn’t get a very good look and I lost him in the crowd.

JOHN
When was this?

ANNE
Just yesterday.

JOHN
How long since you’ve seen him?

ANNE
Nearly two years.

JOHN
Are you sure you’d recognise him now?

ANNE
Of course! He’s my brother.

JOHN
It’s just, I’m thinking he might have changed his appearance – if he didn’t want to be found.

ANNE
Mr Barbour, I would recognise my brother. Believe me.

JOHN
Of course. I’m sorry. Maybe you did see him at the market. It’s just you’ve been thinking about him a lot. The mind plays tricks, you know.

ANNE
I suppose so. Maybe it wasn’t him. I don’t know.

JOHN
Is there anything that would positively identify him? Jewellery, a scar, anything?

ANNE
His watch. My father gave it to him. He always wears it.

JOHN
Can you describe it?

ANNE
It’s an old fashioned watch. An Omega. It was our grandfather’s

JOHN
What’s the band made of?

ANNE
Silver. And the watch has an inscription. It says ‘To my son Norman’

JOHN
Norman?

ANNE
That’s our father’s name. Grandfather gave it to him.

JOHN
Aha! (writes) Norman.

ANNE
In Chinese.

JOHN
In Chinese.

ANNE
He might have a neckband. I gave it to him as a going-away present.

JOHN
What’s it like?

ANNE
It’s made of tortoise-shell. It’s a disc with a design, like this.
She draws a ‘yin-yang’ design on a piece of paper.

JOHN
Ah, Yin Yang.

ANNE
That’s right. You know it. The band is made of leather. He said he’d always wear it.

JOHN
Yes, well it’s not much, but it’s something I suppose. I’ll call you next week with some news.

ANNE
I hope so.

Episode 27 - Notes


1. POSSIBILITIES

You say:
It will rain today
if you are certain or sure it will rain.

If you are not certain you say:
It might rain today.
or
Perhaps it will rain today.
or
Maybe it will rain today.
ANNE
He might have a neckband.
   
2. POSSIBILITY IN THE PAST
When we use might to talk about the past we always use it with have
I might have thrown the cup in the bin.
This means that you are not sure if you have thrown the cup in the bin.
Notice that we use might have with the past participle of the verb throw.
I might have thrown the cup in the bin.
The past participle is the form of the verb used with forms of have.
I have thrown it out.
She has seen your work.

Most of the time the past participle is the same as the past tense.
You might have studied this before.
JOHN
It’s just, I’m thinking he might have changed his appearance – if he didn’t want to be found.

The other words we use for possibilities in the past (maybe and perhaps) are used with the simple past tense.
Perhaps I threw the cup in the bin.
Maybe I threw the cup in the bin.

Perhaps I did throw the cup in the bin.
Maybe I did throw the cup in the bin.

JOHN
Maybe you did see him at the market.
John could have said:
Maybe you saw him at the market.
or
Perhaps you saw him at the market.
or
You might have seen him at the market.
 
   
3. TALKING ABOUT MATERIALS
The wallet is made of leather.The wallet is made of leather.
It’s a leather wallet.
The cup is made of china.The cup is made of china.
It’s a china cup.
The spoon is made of metal.The spoon is made of metal.
It’s a metal spoon.
The t-shirt is made of cotton.The t-shirt is made of cotton.
It’s a cotton t-shirt.
The vase is made of glass. The vase is made of glass.
It’s a glass vase.
The frames are made of tortoise-shell. The frames are made of tortoise-shell.
They’re tortoise-shell frames.
The spoon is made of wood.The spoon is made of wood.
It’s a wooden spoon.
 
Properties
Something that is transparent is clear, or can be seen through.
The vase is transparent.
Something that is opaque can’t be seen through.
All the other objects are opaque.
Something that is pliable is easily bent.
The leather wallet is pliable.
   

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