Main Practice: Everyday expressions
Revision: Present Perfect - Present Perfect Continuous
to break up a fight - to stop a fight, i.e.
Two of my students were fighting. I had to break it up and got punched in the mouth.
(to be) in trouble - to be facing difficulties or problems, especially with someone in
- Where're you going, the movie's not finished?
- I'm in trouble: I spilt ink all over our new sofa.
- She's in big trouble: she was caught cheating in her university exams.
- He's in trouble with the police again; stealing cars, this time.
I've had enough of - to have had as much, or too much, of something, i.e.
- I've had enough of studying; I'm going to take a gap year before going to university.
- I'm going home. I've had enough of this movie, it's boring.
(to) make matters worse - to make a situation worse, i.e.
- My boss keeps attacking me, saying my work isn't good enough, but I know it is.
- Firstly, we missed the bus and then, to make matters worse, it poured with rain.
- He was late for her birthday dinner but, also, to make matters worse, he forgot her present.
(to) stand up for yourself - to defend yourself, fight for yourself, defend your opinion, i.e.
- Then stand up for yourself, tell him he's wrong.
(to be) suspended from school
- I grew up with five brothers. I soon learnt that you have to stand up for yourself.
- a punishment for bad behaviour: the student cannot go to
school for a set period of time, i.e.
- She's been suspended for a week for damaging school equipment.
*who on earth...? - (Informal)to express surprise, annoyance, i.e.
- She designed an app, which she sold for a half a million pounds.
- Who on earth has taken my newspaper, I was still reading it?
- Who on earth told you that? It's not true.
*Also with other pronouns:
-Where on earth have you been?
-Why on earth did you do that?
-How on earth have I spent so much money?