16 Everyday Conversational Expressions Particular Occasions p.3


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* 16 Particular Occasions (p.3 of 3)


16.12 When you feel hot


It's hot in here. Listen <Its hot in here. Im ready to boil.>

It's like an oven in here.   Listen   <“It’s like an oven in here. I can hardly breathe.”>

It's blistering hot. Listen <Its blistering hot. I need some water.>

It's as hot as Hell. Listen <Its hot as Hell. Lets find a cooler place.>

I'm sweltering. Listen <This heat makes me faint. Im sweltering. Lets get out of here.>

I'm going to melt. Listen <This heat is terrible. Im going to melt.>

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16.13 When you ask how a person survives hot weather


Have you been keeping cool? Listen A Have you been keeping comfortably cool in this extremely hot weather? <Last night the temperature exceeded a hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Have you been keeping cool? Yes. We have been running our air conditioner all night.>

Is it hot enough for you? Listen A I want to be sarcastic in this hot weather. <Hi, Bill. Is it hot enough for you? My God! This heat is awful.>

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16.14 When you feel cold


It's cold in here. Listen <Its cold in here. My cheeks are numb.>

I'm freezing. Listen <Im freezing. I can hardly move. Weve got to find shelter.>

I'm shivering. Listen <Im shivering. Turn on the heater. Give me a cup of hot coffee.>

I'm chilled to the bone. Listen <This snowstorm is really something! Im chilled to the bone.>

I'm going numb. Listen <This frost is fierce. Im going numb.>

My teeth are chattering. Listen <Its nippy. My teeth are chattering. Im chilled to the marrow.>

My lips are blue. Listen <Im frostbitten. My lips are blue.>

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16.15 When you ask if a person likes the weather


What do you think of this weather? Listen < I dont like it at all. Ive seen worse, though.>

How do you like this weather? Listen A Is this weather to your liking? <Good heavens, its hot! How do you like this weather? I cant say I like it. Ive been keeping cool, though.>

Nice weather were having. Listen A This weather is nice and pleasant, dont you think so? <My sister looked out the open window at the wonderful scene and said, Nice weather were having.>

Lovely weather for ducks. Listen A This weather is unpleasant and rainy, dont you think so? <Its been foggy and humid for the good part of the week. Lovely weather for ducks. Oh, I hate this kind of weather.>

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16.16 When you like the weather


Its nice and cool. Listen A Its cool enough to be pleasant. <I like this evening. Its nice and cool.>

Its nice and warm. Listen A Its warm enough to be pleasant. <The weather is fine today. Its nice and warm.>

Its nice and quiet. Listen A Its calm enough to be pleasant. <The rainstorm is over. Its nice and quiet.>

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16.17 When you send a postcard from a nice place


Wish you were here. Listen A I am having a wonderful time. I wish you were here with me. <The hotel is great, the people are friendly, the beach is fabulous. Wish you were here.>



16.18 When a person is dressed up


You're all dressed up. Listen A You are dressed formally in very good clothes. <Wow! Look at you. Youre all dressed up.>

You look like a million dollars. Listen A You look elegant and fashionable. < Thats what a million dollars buys. Im ready for a red-carpet reception.>

You're dressed to kill. Listen A You are dressed in very stylish and noticeable clothes. <Youre dressed to kill. Besides, youre cute as a button.>

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16.19 When you are going to meet with a person for the first time in a busy place


How will I know you? Listen <Lets meet in the Italian restaurant at the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street. OK. How will I know you? Ill be wearing blue jeans and a black leather jacket.>

How will I recognize you? Listen <Ill meet you at the local train station at noon. Is that OK with you? Fine. How will I recognize you? Ill be carrying a large yellow suitcase.>

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16.20 When a person maintains friendly relationships with you


She keeps me company. Listen A She spends time with me, so I dont feel lonely. <Im grateful to my sister. She keeps me company>

She keeps company with me. Listen A She maintains friendly connection with me. <Although some people dont consider me a perfect member of society, she keeps company with me.>

She associates with me. Listen A She is acquainted socially with me. <It might look odd, but she associates with me.>

She consorts with me. Listen A She maintains friendly relationships with me. <She consorts with me because she probably finds me an interesting person.>

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16.21 When you are going to forget about a person whom you dont see


Out of sight, out of mind. Listen A When you dont see a person for some time, you stop thinking about them. <Youll forget about your ex-boyfriend soon out of sight, out of mind.>



16.22 When you are slightly reprimanded


They admonished me. Listen <My offense was not too serious. They admonished me.>

They let me off with just a warning. Listen <I missed a few classes. They let me off with just a warning.>

They let me off easy. Listen A They cleared me without trouble. <I invented a simple excuse. They let me off easy.>

They let me off the hook this time. Listen A They allowed me to go unpunished. <I was late for work. They let me off the hook this time.>

I just got a slap on the wrist. Listen A I received a light punishment. <Although I was involved in the crime, they considered me as an accessory. I just got a slap on the wrist.>

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