Learn English with Sherlock (BBC)

Learn English with TV shows! In this class we’ll focus on Sherlock (new BBC series). This is a show for students who are not scared of fast English, and rich vocabulary. Here are some comprehension, grammar and vocab exercises which I hope will help you. Reporting verbs, past modals and adjectives are the focus for today. These questions are for the third episode of the third season of Sherlock, which is called ‘His Last Vow’. A ‘vow’ is a type of promise, usually associated with those you make when you get married. Please watch this episode, and try the following questions.

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1)     Why was the inquiry investigating Magnussen at the start of the episode?
2)     How did Magnussen threaten the minister from the inquiry?
3)     What kind of help did John’s neighbour want? How did he meet Sherlock?
4)     What deductions did Bill and Sherlock make about John Watson’s shirt?
5)     What was Mycroft’s reaction when Holmes said that he was investigating Charles Augustus Magnussen?
6)     Where did Magnussen keep all his blackmail material?
7)     Why was Sherlock happy, when he saw Magnussen had the letters with him?
8)     How did Sherlock get into Magnussen’s hotel room?
9)     Who Shot Sherlock?
10)  Why didn’t she kill Sherlock?
11)  What kind of offer did Sherlock make Magnussen?
12)  Where did Magnussen actually keep all his blackmail material?


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Here are seven different types of patterns which you may see after verbs. The verbs in italics follow the same pattern as the first verb

1) Want to do (+ to + infinitive)   promise, threaten, offer
2) Tell s.o to do  (object + to + infinitive)   ask, warn, advise, order, persuade, (recommend)
3) Congratulate s.o on doing (object + preposition + gerund) accuse s.o (of), thank s.o (for), praise s.o (for)
4) Avoid doing (+ gerund)  deny, admit, regret, suggest, recommend
5) Insist on doing (+ preposition + gerund) apologise for
6) Say that (+ that + clause) promise, insist, suggest, deny, admit, regret
7) Tell s.o that  assure, persuade, convince, warn, advise (NOT ask)

And here is a quiz



Match the adjectives with their synonyms, and then use them in the sentences

indiscreet Clear headed and well balanced
explicit imprudent
disgusting Uncensored and graphic
obvious Most important
mental Inattentive or incautious
sane Revolting
crucial Crazy
careless Evident or transparent


PAST MODALS (of deduction)

Must have + 3rd = certain this happened
Might/could have + 3rd = possibly this happened
Can’t have + 3rd = certainly didn’t happen

‘Can you recall an occasion when your remarks could have influenced government policy?


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Make deductions.

1) Molly slapped Sherlock after John had met him. She must have
2) John’s shirt has creases, but it is brand new. He must/might have
3) Mycroft warned Sherlock not to investigate Magnussen. Magnussen might have
4) The mirror was behind Sherlock, when he was shot, but it didn’t shatter. The bullet can’t/must have
5) Sherlock put John’s chair back in its place. He must have
6) Mary Watson was going to shoot Magnussen. She must have
7) Mary Watson was an excellent shot. She can’t/must have..



1)  They want to know if he has had an influence over the British Prime Minister
2)  He threatened to reveal an explicit letter which her husband had written to a 15 year old girl
3)  She wanted her son to come back from a house of drug addicts. Jon agreed to help and met Sherlock there. Sherlock had gone undercover to solve a case
4)  John’s shirt was creased which means he must have folded it. All his shirts must be folded because he dressed in a hurry that morning. His shirts must be folded because he packs them and takes them to work (by bike)
5)  He immediately threatened Anderson and his colleague with arrest if they mentioned Magnussen’s name to anyone. He then warned his brother not to investigate Magnussen.
6)  In a sophisticated security system under his house called ‘Appledore’. All on hard copy (not on computer)
7)   He understood that he had brought them to London, and so they would be in his hotel room that same night while Magnussen had other appointments
8)  Sherlock’s girlfriend, Janine, is Magnussen’s assistant. He asks her to marry him, in order to get in.
9)  Mary Watson
10)  She must have felt guilty. She decided to just shoot Sherlock (non fatally), and then call an ambulance
11) He offered to give him his brother if he let him into Appledore
12) He kept it all in his memory

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PAST MODALS (suggested answers)

1)She must have been angry with him for taking drugs
2)He must have folded and packed his shirt before wearing it 3)Magnussen might have had some influence over Mycroft. He could have had some blackmail material
4)The bullet can’t have hit the mirror. It must have got stuck in his body
5) He must have expected him to return
6) She must have been another victim of his blackmail
7) She can’t have been a civilian. She must have been trained as a soldier

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