lesson 81

English Course Online 81

Today’s Focus:

  • Vocabulary related to
  • Grammar point: Modal verbs.


1/ Sentence Practice

You shouldn’t have gone to the cinema without me, you might have told me you were going.

You will do these things and you would see the one film, that is worth going to at the moment.


I have to be considerate and it is you who decides to go off and leave me during the week. What am I supposed to do?

Smacks of double standards, if you ask me.

Alright, let’s enjoy the film.


They should not have cast Russel Crewe in the lead role, he’s far too physical to play that kind of role.

After the film, they go for a drink

You might have told me that you were so tired that you were going to sleep through half the film. You weren’t snoring but the lady next to you kept looking at you. People are over sensitive, although, you did try to put your head on her shoulder twice.

You will eat popcorn every time and come out of the cinema covered in the stuff.

You would start criticising me just when I thought what a nice evening we were having.

I might as well be deaf and dumb for all you care.

Anyway, I thought the attention to deal was approximate at best, the leaves were falling from the trees and you could hear a cuckoo singing in the background. A film does not have to be authentic to be good, I think we are picking holes because the film was substandard.

The likelihood of such an incident not being an accident are somewhat remote.

You don’t need to have a degree to spot a run of the mill film or to appreciate an exceptional one. He has made some really good films it was just the luck of the draw, you seem to be going down with something. Are you going to take something for it?

No, I will let nature take its course although it would be a bit of a blow to fall ill just now. I have an essay to hand in next Friday and I will have to do quite a lot of research before I write it.

I’m glad I don’t have to write any more essays. I was never any good at them.

We had to come up with new ideas all the time which is not my forte.

In the past, students did not have to deal with all this information online. They could come up with a new and above all new original angle, far easier than today. You don’t have to have the internet to study but it makes it a lot easier.

Your phone is vibrating. That will be your mother.

It can’t be. I have already spoken to her twice today.

It’s a phone company, ignore it.

Have you spoken to Janet by any chance?

Then you won’t of heard the news then will you?

I thought you must have heard by now that we have been invited to a dinner party next week.

The food should be good, shouldn’t it?

Actually, I have a feeling it will be excellent because she has bought one of those ARGER ovens.

She should have mastered that by now, shouldn’t she?

She may well have done but the proof is in the eating.

Fancy a nightcap, we might have a cup of cocoa before bed.

Have you speculated on your chances of a promotion or a raise of salary?

That’s funny you have foreseen what my major preoccupation is at the moment because I delivered an ultimatum to my boss today.

Was it fate or was it your instincts that led you to mention that?

As it happens neither we discussed it a lot and then your interest seemed to die down.

It was not a coincidence, in fact, it was rather a safe bet that you would be dwelling on that. I just wanted to make sure



2/ Vocabulary Practice

  • approximate
  • to assign
  • authentic
  • a blow
  • coincidence
  • deliberate
  • to die down
  • fate
  • to foresee
  • to dwell on
  • hazard
  • instrument
  • likelihood
  • deaf and dumb
  • to master
  • to pick
  • run of the mill
  • to speculate
  • to startle
  • stray
  • superstitious
  • substandard
  • uncertainty
  • to appreciate
  • instinct
  • popcorn
  • chance upon
  • to cool down
  • to die out
  • to dry up
  • to heat up
  • to put down to
  • spring up
  • to throw out
  • safe bet
  • to make certain
  • as it happens
  • at lightning speed
  • winds of change
  • the odds are in favour
  • the luck of the draw
  • come rain or shine
  • the proof is in the eating
  • let nature take its course
  • no rhyme or reason
  • mystery-mystify-mysteriously
  • cause-causation-causal

4/ Practice Quiz

Complete the quizzes below.

  1. Today’s comprehension interactive video: 
  2. Today’s sentences drag and drop: 
  3. Today’s grammar fill in the right words: 

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