13. Making decisions (2)

Sam makes her decision.

Main practice:  Language for decisions.
Revision:            absolute nightmare - third conditional

absolutely certain - makes 'certain' sound stronger, i.e.
She's absolutely certain he's the man she saw steal the car.

not to mention  -  (idiom) introduces a further point to strengthen the point being made, i.e.
  • We had a disastrous holiday. Terrible weather. A dirty hotel. Not to mention, our flight home being delayed for six hours. 
  • It's a great job: a big salary, a free apartment, good promotion possibilities. Not to mention, I get a top-range Mercedes and my own driver.

once in a blue moon  -  (idiom) something happens very rarely, i.e.
  • My brother lives in Australia. We only see him once in a blue moon.
  • I prefer to watch football on TV now. I only go to a match once in a blue moon.  

(to have) second thoughts - to reconsider a decision, i.e.
  • I told my boss I would take the job in the Berlin office but now I'm having second thoughts: it means moving away from my family.

the fact is - the truth, the reality is, i.e.
  • The fact is, you have a very bad cold, you need to be in bed, not playing football.

a tough decision - a difficult decision, i.e.
  • Selling the house was a tough decision but it was too big for us now the children have all left home.
Sam has made up her mind not to take a Chief Reporter's job on another newspaper because she likes her home town so much and the new job would have involved a lot of travelling each day. 

Complete the sentences with the correct expression.

Sam:  Well, I've decided. I won't be taking the chief reporter's job.

Bill:    Are you sure?

Sam:  .

Tim:  Why, Mum, it sounds like a great career move?

Sam:  It would be. But I really like working for the Downhaven Gazette and this is
            my town, it's where I belong. Not to mention, all that travelling each day on crowded
            roads would be .
Bill:   You won't have ? You know, you'll only get a chance like this once in a
            blue moon.

Sam:  I know, Bill, but I've and I won't be changing it.

Tim:  I'm glad. If you'd taken the job, you would've had to leave so early I'd have to
           make my own breakfast.

Sam:  Right, Tim, you make your own breakfast from now on; you're old enough to do it.

Tim:   Oh, mum...please.


Fill the gaps with the language you've practised.

absolute  -  once in a blue moon  -  made up my mind  -  the fact is  -  
absolutely certain

One side of a phone call. 

I've .
Yes, I'm , we're going to buy the coffee shop.
It's an *goldmine. We'll make *loads of money. In this town a shop like that only *comes on the market .
Yes, I know it's expensive but we'll be *making a good profit by the second year.

* goldmine  -  a business that will make a lot of money
  loads of     -  (informal) a lot of
  to come on the market  -  is up for sale
  to make a profit  -  to make money after all expenses and costs have been paid