lesson 82

English Course Online 82

Today’s Focus:

  • Vocabulary related to
  • Grammar point: Conditional Mood

1/ Sentence Practice

Have you ever noticed how sometimes we use the past simple and continuous to refer to the present, the future or a general situation?

Sometimes we use the past perfect simple and continuous to refer to a hypothetical past that didn’t actually happen.

It wouldn’t add up to just walk out on the job without securing another.

Don’t worry I looked around and there is an abundant number of jobs I could apply for in the area. There seems to be only a fraction of the number of applicants necessary to meet the demand.

I thought the number of positions would be finite but the sector is expanding, there was a new batch of adverts placed on the internet this morning. The only imbalance in the equation is the meager rates that are offered to women. As women have all the same capabilities as men why have they not been able to achieve the same salaries? If we were to think about this logically we would not be able to find an answer. However, with lateral thinking, it is easy to find the answer

What is the answer then? you have obviously spent a considerable time thinking about it with an intensity that does not bear thinking about too much.

It’s because us men are egotistical and inconsiderate and women are too easy going.

I could not agree more and we all know whose fault that is.

Mothers, of course, they overindulge their sons and only discuss detail with their daughters.

You are not taking this conversation seriously. I have to listen to you and your certain reservations about going back to study.

Alright, whereas I am not in the mood to talk about inequalities and gender discrimination  I am more than willing to examine your personal predicament.

Let’s look at your situation in the context of our situation and treat it hypothetically as if it were a company.

First of all, if we look at the outgoings and the income, we would not be able to survive for long financially if you were to stop working. In between the direct debits for the insurance, the mortgage, and the pension, your salary has already been accounted for. The money that comes from our investments and the revenue from the web page, allows us to live.

That is a given, I wouldn’t accept the job unless I was absolutely sure that the salary was as good if not better than the current one.

If you were so fed up with your current job would not you be so fussy before you looked for another job?

If you were working for me I would have given you a raise.

Supposing you handed in your notice and he improved your salary would you stay?

Suppose he offered me a raise yesterday, what would I have done?

It didn’t happen and it’s not going to happen.

What if I were unhappy with my new job would you ask for your old post back?

I must not act as if I don’t need the money.

There again I am hardly behaving as someone who is really wealthy.

All this is not easy and it has not come at a good time.

This promise of a gift from your uncle has not influenced your decision has it?

That could be just a pie in the sky.

I may have a plan which we will discuss tomorrow.

If I were you I would not let this frustration build up anymore and I know that the behaviour of your boss falls short of your expectations. I think I have found a way we can line our pockets

and more than keep up with the Joneses.

Let’s get a takeaway and go back and talk about something different.

What do you fancy, we will go halves.

No, I just got a cheque from googla, it is my treat.

Unless I am very much mistaken what we are talking about is just a drop in the ocean.

If we club together we can build something up so that a big company will buy us out.

Indian or Chinese? I love them both but they both give me indigestion. So it’s six of one and half a dozen of the other.


2/ Vocabulary Practice

  • to carry over
  • to mount up
  • to pay out
  • six of one and half a dozen of the other
  • abundant
  • area
  • batch
  • considerable
  • dimension
  • easy going
  • egotistical
  • equation
  • to expand
  • finite
  • fraction
  • imbalance
  • intensity
  • major
  • lateral thinking
  • meagre
  • minute
  • predicament
  • proportion
  • reservations
  • rate
  • ration
  • sufficient
  • uneven
  • volume
  • benefit
  • damages
  • to deduct
  • direct debit
  • downpayment
  • insurance
  • investment
  • mortgage
  • pension
  • to speculate
  • to add up to
  • to build up
  • to buy out
  • to carry over
  • club together
  • to mount up
  • to pay out
  • to take away
  • a drop in the ocean
  • fall short
  • to go halves
  • to keep up with the Joneses.
  • to line your pockets
  • six of one and half a dozen of the other
  • draw-withdrew-overdraft
  • highbrow
  • pay -underpay-payroll
  • broad-broaden-breadth
  • that’s your lot
  • a fat lot of good.


3/ Grammar Practice


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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