Sainsbury’s has revealed its first quarterly sales growth in more than two years, raising hopes that the supermarket will make a new bid for Argos owner Home Retail Group this week. Sales at established stores, including online, rose 0.1% in the nine weeks to 12 March. Total sales were lifted by a 14% rise in online grocery sales, 10% rise in sales of clothing and 11% lift in sales of entertainment products, such as CDs and DVDs, buoyed by the release of Adele’s latest album and the Bond film Spectre. Read more >>
The scene is MI6 headquarters. M, the head of MI6, tells James Bond, "When you've finished saving the world, Bond, I'd like you to rescue Sainsbury's". We have to assume that this is a flashback, as Bond has now accomplished his mission.
1. "When you've (you have) finished" is the present perfect tense. Note that we do not use a future form after conjunctions like 'when', 'after', 'as soon as', and 'until', even though we are referring to future time. • I'll let you have the book as soon as I've finished reading it. Read more >>
2. After the verb 'to finish' we use a gerund. You cannot say 'finish to do'. Read more >>
3. "I'd (I would) like you to do this" is a polite way to give an order or instruction to someone. Not to be confused with "I'd like to do this", which refers to a personal desire. Compare:
• I'd like to clean the house this weekend".
• I'd like you to clean the house this weekend".
French speakers often have problems with this construction since they use the subjunctive: J'aimerais que vous le fassiez.
4. The official name of the company is J. Sainsbury, but the supermarket chain refers to itself as Sainsbury's. See here for a discussion about that apostrophe.