lesson 85

English Course Online 85

Today’s Focus:

  • Vocabulary related to
  • Grammar point: Adverbs.

 

1/ Sentence Practice

What are you doing?

I am writing to the university to inform them of my decision to discontinue my studies at Christmas.

So you have made an irrevocable choice. There will be no going back on it, once you’ve posted that letter.

I have given considerable thought to the matter and my mind is made up. And don’t try and tell me that you are not secretly pleased.

I am taking the fifth amendment as I do not want to incriminate myself.

I was thinking that if your uncle was disposed to giving us a bit more money, we could improve the double glazing on the first floor.

This area has become considerably more crowded and far noisier in the last ten years. If you ask me, where we live is easily the noisiest place in town.

You exaggerate, but it is true, some of the soundproofing available on the market today is amazing. Our house is bigger and more comfortable than that of your sister, but hers is the best place for peace and quiet.

Where she lives, however, is my least favourite zone.

So, let’s look at the cost of sound proofing the house.

Buying made to measure windows are about twice as expensive as buying them off the shelf.

And what about changing the house? Perhaps, at the end of the day, we could find something better which did not need any work done on it.

Leave home sweet home? That would really be a wrench.

Look, if your not going back to college and so you can devote more time to the web page, we could easily afford a bigger mortgage.

Then the money from your uncle would be absorbed by the Stamp duty and moving expenses.

There is nothing stopping us having a look anyway.

Think about it. We are paying a premium for living in a commuter zone and we don’t commute.

The majority of jobs, I have been looking at, are on offer outside of London.

Prices aren’t nearly so high outside London.

Prices in Redhill are nothing like the prices around here.

The nearer to London centre, the higher the prices are.

With this Brexlax, prices are quite as high as they were.

That means our house is not nearly as valuable as it was.

Yes, we would get less money but we would pay less, it is all swings and roundabouts.

Well with all this going on, I am absolutely exhausted. I forward the motion that we go out on the town and talk about this tomorrow.

One thing is for sure, I am sending this letter tomorrow and I am totally convinced that my future lies in online education.

For my part, I have had enough of my current work situation and I agree with you that we should lose ourselves in some kind of distraction and take up this discussion at a later date.

I am going to get changed. Are you going to take a shower or a bath? A shower, why do you ask?

Its very simple, if we moved out to the suburbs or even the country, we could easily afford a second bathroom.

Point taken, we will talk about it tomorrow.

How was your day anyway?

I am bit tired of doing a job that my heart is no longer in but i’m not feeling too bad.

Our house is quite nice but it is not perfect.

Let’s go and try that new Italian, it is widely believed to be the best in town.

Freely, I love good Italian food especially if it is run by the owners. Trattorias take a lot of beating, however, franchises are invariably disappointing.

Our problem is that having been to Rome, we have tasted the authentic cooking and after that there is no going back.

I will be ready shortly. Do you want to call a cab for about eight o’clock? And if I were you, I would phone up to reserve.

As I said previously, the restaurant is making quite a name for itself. There is a risk that it is already fully booked.

In fact, you can book on line www.luigisrestoputney.com

I am impressed you should work for “trapadvisor”.

 

2/ Vocabulary Practice

 

  • to inform them
  • of my decision
  • to discontinue my studies
  • an irrevocable choice
  • no going back on it
  • to post a letter
  • considerable thought
  • my mind is made up
  • to be secretly pleased
  • to take the fifth amendment
  • to incriminate oneself
  • to be disposed to
  •  the double glazing
  • This area has become
  • considerably
  •  more crowded
  • far noisier
  • the noisiest place in town
  • to exaggerate
  • the soundproofing
  • available on the market
  • the best place for peace and quiet
  • my least favourite zone
  • made to measure windows
  • off the shelf
  • any work done on it
  • That would really be a wrench
  • you can devote more time
  • to afford a bigger mortgage
  • to be absorbed by
  • the Stamp duty
  • to pay a premium
  • living in a commuter zone
  • to be on offer
  • to be nothing like
  • The nearer to
  • as valuable as
  • it is all swings and roundabouts
  • to forward the motion
  • to go out on the town
  • I am totally convinced
  • my future lies in
  • my current work situation
  • to lose oneself  in
  • some kind of distraction
  • to take up the discussion
  • at a later date
  • to get changed
  • we could easily afford
  • Point taken
  • a job that my heart is no longer in
  • it is widely believed
  • Trattorias take a lot of beating
  • franchises
  • to be invariably disappointing
  • to taste the authentic cooking
  • As I said previously
  • to be making quite a name for itself
  • to be fully booked

 

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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