Monday, 4 November 2013

Speakout Advanced p 35. Housework Gets You Down. Cloze. Vocabulary

Get somebody down: to make somebody feel sad or depressed. E.g. Don't let it get you down too much.

chore:  /tʃɔː(r)/ 1. a task that you do regularly. E.g. doing the household/ domestic chores.
2 an unpleasant or boring task. E.g. Shopping's a real chore for me.

1. to (the verb "suggest" would need to be in the third person singular form for a relative pronoun to be possible)

2. are

Mood swing: a change from being very happy to being very sad. Sp. Cambio de humor. E.g. the occasional mood swing can be expected and tolerated.

3. is
bound to do/be something: certain or likely to happen, or to do or be something. E.g. There are bound to be changes when the new system is introduced. It's bound to be sunny again tomorrow. You've done so much work—you're bound to pass the exam. It was bound to happen sooner or later (= we should have expected it). You're bound to be nervous the first time (= it's easy to understand).

4. without

5. how

6. for
The lion's share: the largest or best part of something when it is divided. E.g. the lion’s share of his money went to his grandchildren.

7. no
pride yourself on something/on doing something [no passive] to be proud of something. E.g. She had always prided herself on her appearance.

spotlessperfectly clean. Immaculate. E.g. a spotless white shirt. She keeps the house spotless.

8. out

9. from
shy away (from something) to avoid doing something because you are nervous or frightened. E.g. Hugh never shied away from his responsibilities. The newspapers have shied away from investigating the story.

10. some  

Strenuous: /ˈstrenjuəs/ needing great effort and energy. Sp. Agotador, arduo. E.g. avoid strenuous exercise immediately after a meal.

11. lot

12. too

13. may/ might/ could/ can

14. we
get rid of somebody/something: to make yourself free of somebody/something that is annoying you or that you do not want; to throw something away. E.g. Try and get rid of your visitors before I get there. The problem is getting rid of nuclear waste. I can't get rid of this headache. We got rid of all the old furniture.

15. under
Clutter: a lot of things in an untidy state, especially things that are not necessary or are not being used; a state of confusion. Mess. E.g. there's always so much clutter on your desk!

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