8. Discussion Language (2)

8. Discussion Language (2)

The family discuss footballers' wages.

Main practice:    Discussion Language
Revision:               should  -  shouldn't

(to) have an off-day  -  to perform an activity less well than you usually do, i.e.
- I'm surprised Jackie lost that chess match.
- Don't worry, she's just having an off-day

I couldn't agree more - to agree very strongly, i.e.
- There's too much sugar in some soft drinks.
- I couldn't agree more, the government should force companies to reduce it.

in my view  -  in my opinion; I think, i.e.
In my view, the government is making a mistake with this policy.
Perhaps you are right, but only time will tell.

perhaps you're right  -   you maybe right, see above.

that may be the case  -  reluctantly agreeing with one part of the speaker's argument, i.e.
- He has worked consistently hard for the company.
- That may be the case, but he has frequently taken time off for illness and, therefore, I don't
   want to give him a full-time contract.  
- You've got a point, however, his doctor now says he's recovered and he hasn't had any time
 for five months.

you've got a point -  I agree / I agree with that part of your argument, see above. 


Bill and Sam and their son, Tim, are watching football on TV when they start discussing whether premiership footballers should be paid so much money. 

Complete the sentences.

Where two answers  are possible choose the answer not already spoken by your partner.

Bill:    Look at that, he's missed another goal.

Tim:   He's a great footballer. He's just having an

Sam:  Tim, he's paid a hundred and fifty thousand pounds a week. He shouldn't have off-days.
             Footballers get paid far too much.

Bill:    .  A young nurse only gets about a sixth of that in one year.

Tim:   , but remember, footballers are only paid that
             much because their team makes the money to pay them. And they don't have long

Sam:   Well, I don't blame players for taking the money. But  society's got a
             wrong sense of values when a man is paid in a week five or six times what a nurse or  
             teacher might get in a year, and just to kick a ball.

Tim:    I see what you mean, but what's the difference between a top footballer and a pop
              star or an actor who make similar amounts of money?

Bill:     , but I think your mother's right. We should
              value professions like nursing and teaching more.

Tim:     Well, , you're a teacher, Dad, if they pay you more you can
               increase my pocket money.


Complete the sentences. 

Note: You've got a point and That may be the case are sometime used to mean the same:  
             I accept that X is true or likely to be true.
             But That may be the case is also used to mean: I accept that X true but I don't think it
             should influence or change what I think the outcome or result should be. 

             And in the answers to 1. and 2. below this subtle difference is brought out. 
 Use each answer only once.                                          
off-day  -  You've got a point - That may be the case  -  perhaps you're right 

1. -   They should make all drugs legal, then you wouldn't have any criminals involved.
         There would be no more gang wars over drugs.
    -   . However, don't you worry that if drugs were made legal more
         people would use them?
2. -  Your son is late every morning.    
    -   but that's no reason to expel him from the school.

3. -  That's the only time I've ever beaten you at tennis.
    -   Yes, I guess I'm having an .

4. - No, her birthday' s in November not December.
    - Oh, okay, .