12. Social English expressions

12. Social English expressions

The family discuss Julian and Bianca's visit

Main Practice:  Social English expressions
Revision:             Present perfect  -  adjective + enough

can'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.

dinosaur views  - views that are very old-fahsioned and most people would think have no 
                                   place in today's world

glad to see the back of - the speaker is happy someone or something has gone, usually,
                                                 permanently, i.e.
  • 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) lose (any) sleep over it - don't worry about it, i.e.
  • 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.

quite some time - 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.)
  • I haven't eaten chocolate for quite some time. (Perhaps two months; used to eat it every day.)

to be brutally honest - to speak directly and frankly, i.e.
  • 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.

(a) welcome relief - 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. 
Bill's brother, Julian, and his wife, Bianca, came for lunch earlier. During the lunch they expressed some rather upleasant views about homeless people and Katie and Tim - Bill and Sam's children - were especially upset and angry about their Uncle and Aunt's remarks.

Complete the sentences.

Katie:  Your brother and his wife are just awful, Dad. I of seeing    
               them again.

Bill:      Well, they don't visit us that often.

Tim:     Thank God. I was really them.

Sam:     Well, they've gone. .

Katie:   , I think Uncle Julian and Aunt Bianca are the most unpleasant
               people I've ever met.

Bill:      Well, lunch was bad enough. It was they didn't stay for dinner.

Tim:     They've got the most dinosaur views of anyone I know.

Sam:     Well, hopefully, they won't visit us again for .


Complete the sentences with the language you've practised.

1.  Our terrible neighbour, who was rude and always played her music very loud, moved    
     yesterday. I was so her.

2.  - I let the guy buying my car persuade me to cut the price by five hundred pounds. A big
        mistake, I think.
     - Well, it's done so .

3.   - I've had my living room decorated. Do you like it?
       - Mmmm, , no. The colours are too bright and don't really go well

4.    It was to sell the house. It was on the market for six months, I thought it
       would never sell.

5.     I'm going to visit my grandma. I her being lonely and she's got
        no friends and no one else in the family visits her.

6.    My daughter's been vegetarian now for but the rest of the family still 
       enjoy eating meat.