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Andy and Sheena meet at college and talk about someone that Andy saw Sheena with yesterday.

Andy: Hey Sheena, who is that girl I saw you with yesterday?

Sheena: That's Laura.

Andy: Oh, wow! She's stunning! Where is she from?

Sheena: She is from Canada. Yes, she is beautiful.

Andy: So, what is she studying?

Sheena: Actually, she's not a student here. She’s taking a year off after finishing college.

Andy: Oh, really! So why is she here?

Sheena: Oh, she's visiting her aunt Jane. She lives next door to me.

Andy: Really, that's good to know. Uhm well, when does she leave?

Sheena: Next Friday, I think. Why? Do you want me to introduce you to her?

Andy: Yeah, that would be great but Friday is so soon.

Grammar Notes

Point 1: When an activity is a scheduled event that is open information to many people, we use the present simple even when talking about the future. Events like work schedules, bus times and movie times are common examples.
  1. The movie starts at three.
  2. My plane departs at noon and arrives at five.
Point 2: When talking about scheduled events, we often talk about starting times with the negative construction 'not ... until'
  1. The bus does not leave until 5 o'clock.
  2. My vacation does not start until July.
Point 3: We often use the verb 'end' to talk about when something finishes.
  1. The movie ends at ten.
  2. My shift at work does not end until midnight.
Point 4: Be careful to use the third person singular when necessary.
  1. The movie starts at 7. (It starts at 7)
  2. The game doesn't begin until noon. (It doesn't begin until noon.)
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  2. is the HR seminar in Tokyo?
  3. I am bored, can we do?
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  5. did you go on vacation last year?