At the Mall

Todd and Katie discuss the shops at the local mall and what people can do there.

At the Mall

There is / There are

Point 1: Use ‘there is‘ with singular countable nouns .
  1. There is a department store in town.
  2. There is a big mall in this city.
  3. There is not a place to sit.
  4. There is no park near my house.
Point 2: Use ‘there are‘ with plural countable nouns.
  1. There are two cars parked outside my house.
  2. There are some books on the table.
  3. There are not many tall buildings in my town.
  4. There are no new students this year.
Point 3: Use ‘there is‘ with non-countable nouns.
  1. There is crime in the city.
  2. There is money on the table.
  3. There is not any cheese in the fridge.
  4. There is no ice-cream in the freezer.
Point 4: We usually use ‘some‘ in positive statements with plural count nouns or uncountable nouns.
  1. There are some stores on Cane Street.
  2. There are some trees outside.
  3. There is some food in the kitchen.
  4. Three is some snow on the mountains.
Point 5: We usually use ‘any‘ in questions and negative statements with plural count nouns or uncountable nouns.
  1. Are there any students in class?
  2. No, there aren’t any students. They left.
  3. Is there any snow on the mountain?
  4. No, there isn’t any snow. It melted.

Audio Script

At the MALL

Todd: So Katie, I want to go to the mall.

Katie: Okay.

Todd: Have you been to the new mall?

Katie: Yeah, I actually went there just yesterday.

Todd: Okay. So I want to buy some computer stuff. Is there a computer store?

Katie: There are two computer stores.

Todd: Really? Ooh, that’s good.

Katie: There’s a computer store on the first floor, and then very close to that there’s also a Mac store.

Todd: Ooh, that’s perfect. I want to buy a new Mac.

Katie: Oh, me too.

Todd: They’re so expensive, though.

Katie: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Todd: Okay, what about books? I really like books. Is there a bookstore with English books?

Katie: There’s a huge bookstore on the fourth floor.

Todd: Ooh, that’s good.

Katie: It’s really big. And there are lots of English books you can read there.

Todd: Oh, great. Nice. And how about the food there?

Katie: The food’s okay. There’s a big food court on the third floor, and you can get a variety of food. You can get a Subway.

Todd: Oh, that’s good. I love sandwiches. Is the food good there, though?

Katie: They don’t have any sandwiches that I like, basically.

Todd: Oh, really. Okay. So what else is there at the mall?

Katie: Oh, there’s so much at the mall. There’s a café on the ground floor.

Todd: Oh, nice.

Katie: If you like drinking coffee.

Todd: I do. I like to go and study and just relax.

Katie: That’s the perfect place for you, then.

Todd: I like to people watch. Is it a good people-watching place?

Katie: Oh, it’s a great people-watching place.

At the MALL

Todd: Oh, cool.

Katie: The windows are really big, and you can see out onto the street.

Todd: Oh, cool. What else is there? Is there a movie theater?

Katie: Mm-hmm (affirmative). There’s a movie theater on the fourth floor.

Todd: Oh, great. Now, do they have English movies?

Katie: They have English and Japanese movies.

Todd: Oh, that’s good. I should watch some Japanese movies too.

Katie: They’re interesting.

Todd: And how about food? I hear there’s a new supermarket, a big supermarket there.

Katie: It’s pretty big. And you can get lots of food there. It’s on the first floor.

Todd: Okay. Is there anything else I should see?

Katie: What about the roof garden?

Todd: Oh, what is the roof garden?

Katie: It’s on the fifth floor, and it’s, well it’s on the roof, and you can see a beautiful view of the city. And there’s also places for you to sit and just enjoy the view.

Todd: Oh, nice. A roof garden, I like that.

Katie: It’s really nice.

Todd: Now, do you buy clothes at the mall? Do they have nice clothing shops?

Katie: Yeah, they have nice clothing shops. Some of them are a little bit expensive.

At the MALL

Todd: Ah, yeah.

Katie: And I like buying cheap clothes.

Todd: Okay. When’s a good time to go?

Katie: I think the best time to go is probably weekdays.

Todd: Okay. Why?

Katie: If you go on the weekend, there are so many children there.

Todd: Oh.

Katie: Ugh. It’s hard to walk around.

Todd: Yeah, and we’re teachers, we teach kids all day.

Katie: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Todd: Okay. I don’t want to go then.

Katie: No, me neither.

Todd: Well, I want to go there next week, maybe Thursday night.

Katie: Okay.

Todd: Do you want to join me?

Katie: Yeah, that sounds good. Maybe we can watch a movie.

Todd: Cool. I’ll buy you dinner.

Katie: Sounds great.

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