English In Use – ‘I’ve Bean Here All Along’

A selection of headlines from stories in the news. They use English in a way that you might think is intended to confuse but it’s all perfectly clear to the native speaker.


The Daily Mirror reported on a story of a missing child. Luckily this story had a happy ending as following a massive police search for the boy, aged 5, he was found fast asleep at home under a bean bag.

I guess they couldn’t resist changing “been” to “bean” in their headline.



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