Lucy suggests going away for the weekend.

main practice:  Everyday expressions
revision:           going to  -  might  - how about...?


anywhere in mind?   - is the listener thinking of 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.

  • 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
   in an office above the speaker's office.)
Other prepositions can also be used with this phrasal verb meaning, again, a direction of movement, 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.)

peace and quiet - means, literally, peace and quiet, 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.

a good + number    -   at least this but possibly more, i.e.
  • 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.)

Sam's sister, Lucy, suggests going away for the weekend.

Complete the sentences.

  What're you doing this weekend?

Sam:    Nothing planned. Bill and Tim are going to see his brother.

Lucy:   Shall we go away somewhere?

Sam:     Where? 

Lucy:      Somewhere where we can get some  .

Sam:      Well, , Katie said she might come home from *uni this weekend.

Lucy:     Ah, okay, well, if she doesn't come home shall we go away.

Sam:     Fine, do you have ? 

Lucy:    How about to Cornwall?

Sam:    Yes, good idea.

Lucy:    We can go in my car.

Sam:     How long will that take?

Lucy:     three hours, depending on the traffic.

Sam:    All right, let's do that. 

*university,  (colloquial)



Complete the sentences with the language you've practised.

popped out  -  the trouble is  -  peace and quiet  -  a good - anywhere in mind 

1.  - To pass the exam how long should I practise the piano for each day?
    - I'd say three hours.

2.   I would lend Daniel more money but  he hasn't paid back the money he
      borrowed a month ago.

3.   - I don't want to take our holiday in France again this year. Let's go somewhere
     - Fine, do you have ?

4.   - Where's Alice?
     - She's just to get a coffee; she'll be back in a minute.

5.    It's a lovely house, just on the edge of town, and not near any main roads
       so you'll have plenty of .

6.    peace and quiet  -  popped  -  a good  - the thing was

Last weekend we down to Bournemouth to see my wife's grandfather. He's  ninety now but still swims every day. He lives outside the city in a little village where's there's plenty of . We wanted to take him out for a drive in the car and have lunch somewhere but, it rained all afternoon so we stayed in and had lunch at his home.