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