Social English expressionsRevision:
Present perfect - adjective + enough Vocabularycan't bear the thought of
- can't accept, can't stand something, i.e.
- I can't bear the thought of having another party next week.
- She can't bear the thought of staying here for the winter; it get's so cold.
- views that are very old-fahsioned and most people would think have no
place in today's worldglad to see the back of
- the speaker is happy someone or something has gone, usually,
(don't) lose (any) sleep over it
- I was glad to see the back of Fiona's boyfriend, he wasn't a nice guy.
- I'll be glad to see the back of this weather; it's rained for days now.
- don't worry about it, i.e.
quite some time
- I failed one of my exams but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. I'll take it again in six months.
- She didn't get the promotion but says she's not going to lose sleep over it. She'll apply for it again later.
- a significant amount of time, depending on context, i.e.
- I haven't seen him for quite some time. (Perhaps six months; used to see him once a week.)
to be brutally honest
- I haven't eaten chocolate for quite some time. (Perhaps two months; used to eat it every day.)
- to speak directly and frankly, i.e.
(a) welcome relief
- To be brutally honest, you are making too many mistakes. I can't employ you any longer.
- Well, to be brutally honest, no, I don't want to date you. We're too different as people.
- the removal of worry or stress, i.e.
- It was a welcome relief when the bank agreed to lend me enough money to *pay off my debts.
- It was a very welcome relief when the doctors said that Sally is now out of danger.
* Phrasal verb: to pay your debts, i.e.
- This week I've paid off all the money I owed for my new car.