main practice: Everyday expressions
anywhere in mind? - is the listener thinking of
revision: going to - might - how about...?
one special place? i.e.- I'd like to go away next weekend.- Oh, do you have anywhere in mind?- Let's go to a really good restaurant tonight?- Fine. Anywhere in mind? the trouble is / the thing is - the problem is, i.e.
- Can you give me a lift to the airport tomorrow morning, please?
- Well, the trouble is / the thing is I promised to take my mother shopping tomorrow
- Do you think we should promote Clive to restaurant manager? He works very hard.
- He does when he's here. The trouble is / The thing is he often comes to work late; it's not a
good example to other staff.
pop down / popping down - Phrasal Verb, (informal): travelling to somewhere, i.e.
- Where're you going?
- I'm just *popping down to the supermarket. I won't be long.
'down' suggests a physical movement downward or, possibly south, with 'up' being the
opposite , i.e.
in an office above the speaker's office.)
- Let's pop up to London next week. (Suggests moving north for a short visit to London.)
- I'm just popping up to see John. (John lives on a higher level than the speaker; or could be
Other prepositions can also be used with this phrasal verb meaning, again, a direction of movement, i.e.
peace and quiet - means, literally, peace and quiet, i.e.
- Let's pop over / across to France next weekend. (From the UK to France for a short visit.)
- I'm popping over to see Susan tonight. (Susan lives over the road, or over the other side of town.)
a good + number - at least this but possibly more, i.e.
- Now the children have gone to school I can have some peace and quiet.
- The office is so noisy that I always eat my lunch in the park to get some peace and quiet.
- She's a good fifty. (The speaker thinks she's at least fifty years old but possibly more.)
- It'll take us a good three hours to get to the city. (At least three hours but possibly more.)
- The coast is a good thirty kilometres from here. (And possibly more.)