Check or Control?

Check – Control, Version 2: Simple English Videos One Minute Lesson

Is something wrong, officer? Is this your car? Yes. When was the last time you checked the air in these tires? I can’t remember. Hey, where are the kids? Oh they’re fine. They’re playing upstairs. I’ll go and check on them. Checking something: making sure that it’s OK or correct. Check the list and see if we’ve forgotten anything. Is this receipt correct? I’ll check. OK, are we ready? Underwear. Check. Socks. Check. Medicines. Check. Passports. This is a check mark in American English. In British English it’s a tick. Good boy. I have to put a leash on Carter when I take him out, or else I can’t control him. Let’s go. Control generally means manage or direct. A roundabout controls the traffic. It manages and directs it. Ten thousand people gathered in Chestnut Square today for the pro-jobs rally. Police were called in to control the crowds. And now in financial news, the Central Bank has announced new measures to control inflation. No, I don’t want to buy any life insurance. Stop calling me! I know. I must learn to control my temper. If you’re talking about inspecting something, use ‘check’. So at passport control, they check people’s passports. Brrrr. I’m cold. I’ll check the thermostat to see if it’s working. The thermostat controls the temperature. Are you cold, Jay? No.

4 thoughts on “Check or Control?

  • February 18, 2014 at 5:56 am

    dear sir,

    hope you will be ok sir my english is week please need some great help.will be thanks

    sher ahmad from pakistan

    • February 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Hello Sher!
      We hope you will find all the videos on this site helpful. It’s really important to listen and read a lot if you want to improve your English, so you’ve come to a good place.

  • April 18, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Hello Vicky,
    Another great video. But can you tell me why it is then called ‘passport control’ if passports are checked there? It’s a bit confusing…
    Thank you

    • May 5, 2016 at 12:43 am

      Hi Katrina – great question! Yes, it is confusing, but then sometimes English is. I guess we call it passport control because it’s about managing the flow of people into a country.


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