9. Phrasal Verbs, (3)  Idioms

9. Phrasal Verbs, (3) Idioms

Katie and friends discuss life after university

Main practice:  Phrasal Verbs, Idioms
Revision:            it all depends on  -  How about…?  -  Present Perfect


Vocabulary

at the end of the day - (Idiom) when everything else has been considered, i.e.
  • Yes, the flat is expensive and not in the centre of town but, at the end of the day, you need somewhere to live immediately and it's the best choice.
  • We interviewed many applicants for the job but, at the end of the day, none were suitable. 

(to) come up with - (Phrasal Verb) to think of an idea or option, i.e.
  • Jamie came up with some great ideas for the party.
  • My nieces are coming next weekend. I need to come up with some fun activities to entertain them.

*depends on  -  to be affected or decided by, i.e.
- Are you going sailing tomorrow?
- Maybe, (it all) depends on the weather.

- Can he get healthy again?
- (That) depends on him. If he gives up smoking, improves his diet, and exercises,
   then yes, I think he can. 

Also  -  to rely on, i.e.
- She depends on her son to do her shopping for her.
- I know I can depend on my friends for support, if I need it.

(to) get into - (Phrasal Verb) to work in a certain field, i.e. 
  • He's hoping to get into film making. 
  • She got into software design by helping friends with their computer problems.

it's a long story - (Idiom) it will take a long time to explain something, i.e.
- Why did she leave the UK to go and live in Australia?
- Well, it's a long story.

(to) set up -  (Phrasal Verb) to start a business,  i.e.
She set up a garden design business last year; it's doing very well.
Also: to put equipment into place, ready to use, i.e.
  • Set up the computer in the living room, please. 

Conversation

Katie is at university. She and her friends discuss their plans for when they leave the university.

Complete the sentences.


Katie: What are your plans for after university, Rob?

Rob:    It all depends on my parents?

Sue:    How?

Rob:    Well,  but to make it short: if they agree to lend me
              the money - and that depends on me getting a good degree - then
              I'll my own web company. How about you guys?

Katie:  I feel I need a break. A six-month holiday would be great but,
              , I have debts and I need a job. So I'll get a
              part-time job, take a journalist course and then I hope to
               journalism, like my mum. What about you, Sue?

Sue:     I don't know yet. Maybe you guys can some ideas.
              Actually, what I've really loved here at university is drama. I think
              I might go for a Masters degree in drama and then try and act.

Rob:     Good luck, getting into acting is really tough, though.

Katie:  Hey, follow your dreams, Sue, follow your dreams.


Exercise

Complete the sentences.

at the end of the day  -  come up with  -  it's a long story  -  get into  -  set up

-  So, you lived in Stockholm, how come?

-  Well, but when I was twenty I had a Swedish girlfriend and I
    moved to Sweden to live with her. I learnt Swedish and was hoping to
    computers but my Swedish wasn't good enough to study computer science.
    So I had to  something else and when an uncle died and left me
    some money I decided to  an English tea shop in the centre of
    Stockholm. The business went well for a couple of years but then  I broke up
    with my girlfriend and, , I was missing my family and 
    life in England so I sold the tea shop and moved back here.