Lesson 36 – Food Court – Remember: The, Some, Simple Present

Curso de Inglés Gratuito A2




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  • Laura and John have me up
  • To meet up
  • It is full of people
  • On their lunch break
  • To decide what to eat for lunch
  • Fast food restaurants
  • To opt for a healthier option
  • To have some Asian food
  • I really love Asian food
  • That is a tremendous idea
  • Some dumplings
  • Some egg fried rice
  • A fortune cookie after the meal
  • A terrible argument
  • To have an argument
  • She was complaining
  • I was in such a bad mood
  • To be in a bad mood
  • I had a fit
  • Some pretty nasty things
  • Sophie can be a little difficult
  • You can sort it out
  • To sort out
  • To move on
  • Sophie complained about
  • Sores on her feet
  • I offered to lend her
  • To offer
  • To lend
  • She refused
  • Cheap knock off designer shoes
  • She can be such a snob
  • She has some good sides too
  • Part of her character and charm
  • To accept them the way they are
  • Let’s order some food!
  • Chicken with a coriander sauce
  • Pork in a sweet and sour sauce
  • Noodles


– The food cours –

Lesson 36 – The Food Court

Laura and John have met up at a food court for lunch. The food court is very big with hundreds of restaurants and it is full of people on their lunch break. Laura and John are trying to decide what to eat for lunch. Laura suggests they have some Mexican food, but John would rather go to a Greek or an Arabic restaurant. There are some fast food restaurants in the food court as well, but Laura and John both want to opt for a healthier option.

Laura: I think we should go to an Asian restaurant and have some Asian food. I really love Asian food!
John: Yes, that is a tremendous idea! What about the Chinese restaurant over there? We can have some dumplings and some egg fried rice. And maybe a fortune cookie after the meal!
Laura: Great! I actually have some news, John. I had a terrible argument with Sophie on the night of Michael’s party. She was complaining about things all night and I was in such a bad mood. I had a fit and Sophie said some pretty nasty things to me.
John: Oh, that’s too bad. Sophie can be a little difficult at times, but you two have been best friends for a long time. There must be some way you can sort it out. What did you argue about?
Laura: I just want to apologise and move on. Sophie complained about some sores on her feet from her high-heeled shoes, and I offered to lend her a pair of flat shoes. But she refused and said that the shoes looked like some cheap knock off designer shoes. She can be such a snob!
John: Yeah, I know, but she has some good sides too and it’s part of her character and charm. Some people are different and you have to accept them the way they are. You should talk to Sophie and tell her how you feel.
Laura: You’re right! I’ll talk to her calmly. Now, let’s order some food! What are you going to have?
John: I’m going to have some chicken with coriander sauce and some egg fried rice. What about you?
Laura: Pork in sweet and sour sauce and some noodles, I think!

Facts: Nearly, 15% of all curries sold in Britain are the Chicken Tikka Masala. It is believed by some to have been created in Glasgow, originating from the Chicken Tikka, to appease a disgruntled customer.


Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1

Summary Statements Comprehension Quiz 2

Drag and Drop Quiz 3: 


The definite article “The”

While the indefinite article (a and an) points to unknown elements, the definite article points out elements already known by the speaker.


The Moon is silver.

The capital of Finland is Helsinki.

Do not use the in the following cases:

a) Days of the week:

I work from Monday to Friday.

b) Colors:

My favourite colour is black.

c) Food:

I have lunch at 12.

d) Treatments. The most common are:








Do you know Mr Atkinson?

Doctor Queen is my surgeon

e) With next or last

Using the with media

a) When it comes to radio, the use of the article is mandatory.


My father listens to the radio every day.

b) It is also mandatory when it comes to Internet


I don’t use the Internet much.

c) In the case of the word television, we put before the article only when it has the meaning of television (the device), but not in the rest of the cases.


Where is the television in this house?

I don’t like television in Spain. It’s rubbish.

Review and extension of the uses of some

Remember that some is used in the following cases:

1. Countable nouns in plural

some books

some pears

(For the countable nouns in the plural we use: a/an: a book, a pear)

2. Uncountable nouns 

some water

some salt

The problem is that there are many cases in which certain names can behave as countable or uncountable. For example when we say a cake we are referring to a complete cake. Its plural would be some cakes. But we can also say some cake and translate as a piece of cake in this way cake would become in the latter case as uncountable.


a cake;  some cakes 


some cake

Also note the paper case, as the meaning may be different depending on the noun whether it is countable or not:


a paper 


some paper

Words that are always uncountable in English

Advice -> I need some advice to resolve my problem.

Bread -> We have to buy some bread to eat.

Furniture -> You have some beautiful furniture in your house.

Hair -> Jimmy has very short hair.

Information -> I’d like some information about Spain.

News -> I’m glad to hear some good news.

Weather -> It’s fantastic weather today.

Work -> Thanks for your hard work.


Simple present

The simple present is the time that indicates habitual actions. That is why it is also known as the usual present.

Afirmative form

The conjugation is very easy. You just have to put the pronoun or subject of the verb and then the infinitive without to. In the third persons of the singular (he, she, it), a final -s is added.


To work

I work

You work

He works

She works

It works

We work

You work

They work

Remember that in the verbs ending in -ch, -s and -sh the ending of the third persons of the singular is -es


To finish

I finish

You finish

He finishes

She finishes

It finishes

We finish

They finish

When the verb ends in – consonant + y, the third person ending of the singular was transformed into -ies.


To study

I study

You study

He studies

She studies

It studies

We study

You study

They study

The ending -is also present in the third persons of the singular of the verbs to go and to do.

To go

I go

You go

He goes

She goes

It goes

We go

You go

They go

To do

I do

You do

He does

She does

It does

We do

You do

They do


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