14. Surprise, Disbelief, Strong Refusal/

Oh, no, Julian! An unexpected visit.

Main Practice:   Surprise / Disbelief; Strong Refusal
Revision:            Phrasal Verbs

Vocabulary
Really?  -  surprise / disbelief, i.e.
- Come and look, it's snowing. 
- Really? It can't be, it's May, Spring time.

- I've decided: I'm not going to take the job.

- Really? Are you serious, it's a great opportunity.

out of the question  -  (Idiom) a strong refusal; impossible; definitely not.
-  Can I borrow the car this weekend, Mum?'
-  That's out of the question: you've had two near-accidents in the last month. You must take
    your
 driving test again before you can borrow the car.

-  Most members of the Town Council consider it out of the question to build five hundred

    houses on the site; it's too many for such a small area. 

I don't believe it  /  You're joking  /  You can't be serious -  disbelief / surprise, i.e.
-  They're getting married.
-  I don' t believe it: they've only known each other six weeks. 
-  *You're joking: they've only.........
-  *You can't be serious: they've only.........

   * Possibly rude if you don't know the person well. 

no way  -  disbelief  /  surprise, but also refusal, i.e.
- She actually met the Prime Minister.
- No way... I don't believe it.

- Mum, can I stay over-night at Lin's party?

- No way, you've had three very late nights this week. I want you home by midnight. = refusal

going on about  -  speaking repeatedly about something; the remark hints of criticism, i.e.
-  Jack keeps going on about us having a swimming pool built in the garden. It's crazy: we
    can't
afford it. 

-  Will stop going on about your birthday, it's not for another three months. Your mother and
    I
 will think about presents nearer the time.

to come over / go over  -  to visit someone in their home, i.e.
-  Come over for coffee tonight. = to the speaker's home

- I'm going over to Ann's. I won't be long. = to Ann's home

I'm afraid not  -  I'm not happy to say this, (always contracted, I'm) i.e.
- Are you coming over to see me today?
- I'm afraid not, I don't feel very well.

- Did you win?
- Afraid not (or: I'm afraid not), we lost four one.
Sam and Bill don't really like Bill's brother, Julian, and his wife, Bianca. Now, Julian and Bianca have phoned Sam and invited themselves for a surprise visit and Bill is not happy about it. 

Complete the sentences.

Sam: Bad news.

Bill:  Oh, no, what?

Sam: Your brother, Julian, and his wife, Bianca, are coming over tonight.

Bill:  You're

Sam: I'm afraid not.

Bill:  I  . They always warn us when they're coming.

Sam:  They were in Downhaven for shopping and thought they'd surprise us. But it gets
             worse: they're expecting dinner.

Bill:   You .

Sam: “Get Bill to cook us up one of his lasagnes,” your brother said.

Bill:  Out . I've had a hell of a day. I just want to chill out with a DVD. I'll
           phone Julian and tell him .

Sam: That would be very rude, Bill: he is your brother, and Bianca is your sister-in-law.

Bill: Well, they're rude to us all the time, always going on about how much money they have
          and how big their house is compared to ours.

Sam: Yes, but Julian also has something he wants to discuss with you.

Bill:  .

Sam: Yes, but he wouldn't say what.


Exercise

Complete the sentences with three of the terms you've practised.

Joe:  Hi, Sue. I was wondering if could you lend me five hundred pounds?

Sue:  Five hundred? What for?

Joe:   I've worked out a perfect system for winning at roulette. If I have
           five hundred pounds I can win a fortune at the casino.

Sue:  You : nobody has a "perfect system" for winning at roulette.

Joe:   I do. Pleeeeeeese. Just five hundred.

Sue:  Out .

Joe:  Three hundred?

Sue:  No . Forget it.

Joe:   I thought you were a friend.

Sue:  I am: I'm saving you a lot of money.