11. Vague language (2)

Tim has a 'yes and no' evening.

Main Practice: Vague language - (vague = not precise, not clear)
Revision:          Past Simple  -  I guess


around -  
approximately, about, usually with figures for time, age, money, i.e.
  • We got to the station around eight.
  • It cost around three hundred pounds.
  • She's around fifty.
* You can also say about and around about.

(a) bunch of us / people  -  a group of people, i.e.
  • A bunch of us went out last night for Sally's birthday. We had a great time. 
  • A bunch of people *turned up uninvited to Dave's party. We had to call the police.
* turn up  -  (Phrasal verb) = to arrive

ish  -  (a suffix) information is not precise or exact; often used about colour, time,
            and age, i.e.
  • His shirt was blueish, with black dots. (mostly blue)
  • I should be there threeish. (about three o'clock)
  • She's forty-fiveish. (about forty-five)

pretty much
 -  mostly, almost, i.e.
- How was the journey?
- Pretty much okay, we missed one train but everything else was fine.  

  • I was pretty much happy with my exam results.

sort of  -  when the speaker is not being exact or precise, i.e.
  • Her suit was a sort of cream colour. (= not exactly cream but similar)
  • The music was sort of (like) jazz. (not exactly jazz but having a smiliar sound)

yes and no  -  something is partly true, i.e.
- Was the party good?
- Yes and no: great food, terrible music.

- Is he a good boss?

- Yes and no. He's improved our working conditions, but his instructions are not clear enough.

Tim went to a movie with friends last night. Then they went back to Jilly's house for coffee but her parents were not happy to find fifteen young people in their house.

Complete the sentences. (Hint: as you know, sentences start with capital letters.)

Bill:    What time did you get in last night, Tim?

Tim:   Twelve.

Sam:   Did you have a nice time?

Tim:   . The movie was good but when went back
            to Jilly's house for coffee her parents came home and they weren't happy
            to see us there.

Bill:    How many were you?

Tim:   Oh, fifteen, I guess.

Sam:  That's quite a lot for "coffee". Were Jilly's parents angry?

Tim:  Well, yes, I mean, , they didn't shout at us, but you could tell they
            weren't pleased that we were there.

Bill:    So you all left quickly.

Tim:   Yeah, , about ten minutes after her mum and dad got there.

In this conversation yes and no and sort of could be interchangeable.


Complete the sentences. 

sort of  -  around -  ish  -  a bunch of us  - yes and no  - pretty much 

Don't forget to use capital letters at the start of sentences.

1.  - What colour was her dress?
     - Green, with some pink and blue bits, I think.

2.  - Did you have a good weekend?
     - Yeah, hired bicycles and rode out of town for a picnic.

3.  - How many people turned up for the meeting?
     - forty.

4.   - What was  the movie like?
      - Well, it was a horror film, but there were some comedy scenes in it too. 

5.  - Are you sure Ann's moving to Australia?      
     - Mmm, . Sue told me she's sold her house, and Dave said        
        she's bought the tickets.

6.  - Do you *get on with your brother?
     - , some days it's good, some days we **fight a lot.
Note: sort of would also work for 6.

*get on with - (Phrasal verb) = to have a good relationship with 

** fight, here, probably, means to 'argue'.