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1. Discuss in trios. a) What do you think of life as an adult? b) Is it any different from what you imagined as a kid? In what ways? c) Is it similar to what your parents told you it was? To what extent? d) Which age would you rather be? Why? 2. Rewrite the sentences in bold. Use indirect speech.

I’ll be there for you - Rembrandts
So no one told you, “Life is gonna be this way.” Your job’s a joke, you're broke, your love life's D.O.A.
(1.)

Glossary a) __________ - short of cash, having little or no money b) ___________ - informal way of spelling “because” c) __________ - Dead on Arrival, acronym used by hospitals to indicate that the patient had died before arriving. d) ___________ - informal pronunciation and spelling of “going to” e) ___________ - survive a difficulty f) ___________ - flow quickly and in large amounts (e.g.: rain) g) ___________ - the second slowest forward gear ratio in a car

brought you down to your knees that... I'll be there for you When the rain starts to pour I'll be there for you Like I've been there before I'll be there for you 'Cuz you're there for me too... No one could ever know me No one could ever see me Seems you're the only one who knows What it's like to be me Someone to face the day with Make it through all the rest with Someone I'll always laugh with Even at my worst I'm best with you, yeah It's like you're always stuck in second gear And it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year...

It's like you're always stuck in second gear And it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year but.. I'll be there for you When the rain starts to pour I'll be there for you Like I've been there before I'll be there for you 'Cuz you're there for me too... You're still in bed at ten And work began at eight You've burned your breakfast So far... things are going great Your mother warned you, “There’ll be days like these.” Oh but she didn't tell you when the world has
(2.)

3. In what aspects is this person’s adult life a bad surprise? In what way(s) is it a good one? 4. What would you like to have been told about adulthood when you were a child? 5. Rewrite the sentences using indirect speech.

a)

My mother warned me, “Expect bad days.” My mother warned me _____________________ bad days.  My father told me ______________ life to be a bed of

b) My father told me, “Don’t expect life to be a bed of roses.”
roses.

c) Fortunately, my friend promised, “I’ll be there for you.”  My friend promised me (that) __________________________________________________________.  My friend promised to ____________________________________________________________.

d) When I arrived 3 hours late at the office, my boss asked me, “Did you oversleep again?”
late at the office, my boss asked me _______________________________________ again.

 When I arrived 3 hours

e)

I replied, “Of course I didn’t oversleep.”  I denied _____________________.

My friend promised to be there for me. having little or no money b) coz .informal way of spelling “because” c) DOA .”  I denied having overslept// oversleeping.Dead on Arrival. . My father told me. Glossary a) broke .the second slowest forward gear ratio in a car 3) Pretty much everything “sucks” (his love life.g. my boss asked me if I had overslept again.: rain) g) second gear . “Don’t expect life to be a bed of roses.” My mother warned me to expect bad days. but he has a friend he can count on.survive a difficulty f) pour . acronym used by hospitals to indicate that the patient had died before arriving.”  My father told me not to expect life to be a bed of roses.flow quickly and in large amounts (e. “Of course I didn’t oversleep. When I arrived 3 hours late at the office. Fortunately. his job. “Expect bad days. d) gonna . Your mother warned you there’d be days like these.short of cash. “I’ll be there for you. 5) a) b) c) My mother warned me.”   d) e) My friend promised me (that) he’d be there for me. my friend promised.Answer Key 2) So no one told you life was gonna be this way. I replied. my boss asked me.informal pronunciation and spelling of “going to” e) make it through . “Did you oversleep again?”  When I arrived 3 hours late at the office. his tight budget).

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