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I couldn't help it!!!
Daryl Smith Daryl Smith Daryl Smith Explanation : I am upset. Somebody told my boss I have a part-time job. And he doesn't like that ? No, he doesn't. He thinks that I am too tired to work. I am sorry. I have to admit I told him. You told him? Why? I couldn't help it. He asked me point-blank.
If you can't help the way you feel or behave, you cannot control it or stop it from happening. You can also say that you can't help yourself. If you say something point-blank, you say it very directly or rudely, without explaining or apologizing.
Everything went like clockwork!!!
Mary Julia Mary Julia Mary Explanation : If you say that something happens like clockwork you mean that it happens without any problems or delays, or happens regularly. Example : He reorganized Standard Brands twice a year, like clockwork. I've just popped in to thank you very much for organizing last weekend's trip to the seaside for the old folk. That's very kind of you. They all seemed to enjoy it. They certainly did. Everything went like clockwork, in fact I don't think you could have done it better. I'm not sure about that, there were one or two things that could have been improved. In a perfect world perhaps, but as far as I'm concerned it was a great success. So thank you again.
You've done a fantastic job!!!
Gordon James Gordon James I've just been reading through your last project report. I hope you didn't find too much wrong with it. On the contrary, you've done a fantastic job. Well, I'm not sure about that.
Well I must say that outfit really suits you. It's really well organized and written and offers some very well thought out conclusions. Where are you off to ? I'm going to a civic reception at the town hall. Who's it for ? It's for a delegation from our sister city in Germany.. You look really chic !!! Gina Alison Gina Alison Gina Alison Explanation : Something or someone that is chic is fashionable and sophisticated. I'm glad you like it and hope it proves useful. If that's the case it should be a very good-natured dog. Thank you. Have you seen Peter's new dog ? Yes I have but couldn't recognize the breed.. ....Gordon James You're too modest. Well.. I want to look my best for the foreign guests. he really enjoys teasing her with that piece of string. Ah. Kittens are always playful !!! Sam Lara Look at your brother playing with the kitten. It's a cross !!! Josie Lara Josie Lara Josie Lara Explanation : Something that is a cross between two things is neither one thing nor the other. that explains it. What kind of a mixture is it ? I think it's a cross between a collie and a retriever. it's a mongrel.. That's not surprising because it's not a thoroughbred. Example : Her gown was very French and very chic. You look really chic. but a mixture of both. Yes. Example : Ha ! It was a cross between a laugh and a bark ...
Do you take him out every day ? Of course. It's very attached to him so it perches on his shoulder and behaves itself when he's around. I'm sorry that the parrot is squawking its head off.. Would you ever let it out ? Oh no. Kittens are always playful.. but I like to tease him a bit by pretending not to notice.. Example : She is very attached to her family and friends. that's why they're such fun.. Are you going to ? Oh yes. you are very fond of them. You have to walk a dog every day !!! Tania Barry Tania Barry Tania Barry Tania Barry Why is your dog whining and looking at you so expectantly ? It's the time of day. He always does that around now. a playful puppy. It's a pity they seem to lose much of their playfulness when they get older. . What's the matter with it ? Well it's just spotted a cat outside the window and it really doesn't like cats. Do you ever let it out of its cage ? My father does. A playful animal is lively and cheerful. Example : . It's very attached to him !!! Eddie Denise Eddie Denise Eddie Denise Eddie Explanation : If you are attached to someone or something.Sam Lara Sam Lara Explanation : He's holding it up so she has to jump for it. aren't they ? Yes they are. because it's more than likely to give me a nasty nip if I do. you have to walk a dog every day because it needs the exercise to stay healthy. What does he want ? He wants me to take him out for a walk.
it is painlessly killed by a vet. That's very impressive. Yes. Let's have a demonstration. Explanation : If a sick or injured animal is put to sleep. but I'm also giving her obedience training. you take it for a walk in order to keep it healthy. which is quite old for a cat. But she really was like one of the family. That was for the best !!! Dan The parents of children in our street are a lot less worried these days. How old was she ? She was 15. She came to heel and sat straight away.Explanation : If you walk your dog. Example : I'm going take the dog down to the vet's and have her put to sleep. That's why we're all so upset. here we go : [ To the dog ] Heel girl. . she's a very obedient dog. heel ! sit !!! There's a good girl. She had a tumor which was incurable. she's a chow chow and only six months old. Heel girl. We had to have our cat put to sleep !!! Cindy Betsy Cindy Betsy Cindy Betsy What's the matter. Oh dear ! I'm really sorry to hear that. you look as if you've been crying ? I have. All right. I've just come from the vet's. Example : I walk my dog each evening around my local streets. heel ! Sit !!! Zoe Fay Zoe Fay Zoe Fay Zoe Fay Is that your new dog ? What is it ? Yes. What happened ? We had to have our cat put to sleep. Are you taking her for a walk ? That too.
Well I'm sure that was for the best. Don't tell me you've won the lottery this week. you mean it is the most desirable or helpful thing that could have happened or could be done. That's my aim !!! Danny Fred Danny I've just had a great piece of luck.... it was for the best .. which you attach to the dog's collar so that you can keep the dog under control. . Oh I see. considering all the circumstances.. Yes. Here boy ! Thank goodness you managed to catch him before he spotted the sheep and started chasing them. Explanation : A dog's leash is a long thin piece of leather or a chain. Example : In the long run. we must keep him on leash from now on.. there are sheep in the next field ! I'll grab him straight away and put him on the leash. But why did you say they are not worried now ? Well they complained about the dog to the police and the police forced the owner to put it down. there and everywhere... That must have been an awful experience for the little girl.. Yes... We must keep him on a leash !!! Martha Hank Martha Hank Martha Hank I'm really enjoying this walk in the country and so is the dog. Last week it bit one of the children so badly. he's running here. she had to be treated in hospital.. Farmers around here are likely to shoot on sight any dogs they catch worrying their sheep. If you say that something is for the best.. Oh look. Not quite. Example : All dogs in public places should be on a leash.Chris Dan Chris Dan Chris Explanation : Why's that ? One of the neighbors had a very fierce dog which scared everyone. I've got a free weekly riding lesson at the local riding stables.
they're only a few hours old and their eyes haven't opened yet. There are five ! Aren't they tiny and so sweet ? Yes. Is this the mother cat's first litter ? Yes it is. but he's got a taste for exotic pets. Why's that ? He's such a nice chap.. its reproductive organs are removed. we'll be taking her to the vet to be neutered as soon as she has recovered from the birth. How did you manage that ? I offered to muck out the stables and to help groom the horses for four hours every week. and happily they all seem to be healthy.. a research program that has largely failed to achieve its principal aims.Fred Danny Fred Danny Explanation : I know you love horses. Example : . To be neutered !!! Mary Isobel Mary Isobel Mary Isobel Mary Isobel Can I see the new kittens ? Of course. He is. I didn't know that.. they're over here with their mother in this basket. Explanation : When an animal is neutered. such as ? . Do you expect her to have more in the future ? No. That's not a bad bargain. That's my aim. He's got a taste for exotic pets !!! Hughes Jeanie Hughes Jeanie I'm always a bit apprehensive about visiting Peter. It won't be long before you're an accomplished horseman if you can keep the arrangement going for any length of time. Example : We ask the public to have their dogs neutered and keep them under close supervision. The aim of something that you do is the purpose for which you do it or the result that it is intended to achieve..
I can't disappoint him. That's a good name for a dog. They get out of condition !!! Jack Eric Jack Eric Jack Eric Jack Explanation : If someone is out of condition. otherwise they get out of condition. How sweet ! How old is she ? Only six weeks.Hughes Jeanie Hughes Jeanie Explanation : Well. Example : That gave me a taste for reading. ( throw stick ) go fetch ! Our cat had a litter !!! Millie Janet Millie Janet Millie Janet What a playful litter kitten! Is it a boy or a girl ? It's a girl. Example : He was too out of condition to clamber over the top. A lizard ! Ugh. Did you get her from a pet shop ? No. What's his name ? Rover. you have a linking or preference for it. our cat had a litter for four and she's the only one left. . Come on boys. He ought to get a job in a zoo. last week when I was there he had a baby iguana running around the place. He's had a three-foot python for quite a while now as well. that would give me the creeps. Why is he woofing and wagging his tail ? Can't you see ? He wants one of us to throw that stick as far as we can for him to fetch. because they have stopped exercising regularly. We've decided to call her Winkie. they are unhealthy and unfit. But that's not the only thing he's got. Yes. If you have a taste for something. It's not my idea of a pet. You're out exercising your dog I see. dogs have to be exercised daily.
we've only had him a week. Why was he so expensive ? He's a thoroughbred Boxer with an outstanding pedigree that's why. And she complained about every single one. He should be. we'll take a breeder's advice on that. Do you intend to show him ? We're not sure. but she didn't leave before getting me to bring her every single pair we had in the shop. Did she buy a pair ? No.Millie Janet How do you mean ? Well we've given the other three to friends but decided to keep her. He's really handsome and very lively. She is impossible to please !!! First clerk Second clerk First clerk Second clerk First clerk I've just had a terrible hour and a half. We got him from a top breeder. and is therefore considered to be of good quality. We certainly do. And you know we've got a really good range. Why. . Example : a pedigree dog Is that your new dog ? Yes. what happened ? Well I had a lady customer come in who wanted to buy a pair of shoes. he cost a fortune. Example : a litter of pups He's a thoroughbred Boxer with an outstanding pedigree !!! Jack Jill Jack Jill Jack Jill Jack Jill Explanation : A pedigree animal is descended from animals which have all been of a particular type. as she was the prettiest of the bunch. Explanation : A litter is a group of animals born to the same mother at the same time.
I've got it on thirty days' free trial !!! Alistair David Alistair David Alistair David Alistair David Why are you talking to your computer. Is it lonely ? No. How come ? I've got it on thirty days' free trial. don't be silly. I know. Example : Ella showed her the best places to go for a good buy. you argue about something before reaching an agreement... so I reckon I've got a bit of a bargain. That would have been a bit steep. but no I didn't. I can return it free of charge as long as I do so within 30 days.Second clerk I'd say she was impossible to please. I like your new anorak. It's not cheap but I haven't actually paid anything yet. I got it in the market. How does it work ? Well. It's magic ! It must be very expensive. I'm trying out some new speech recognition software. it's almost the shop price. If I'm not satisfied with it. Have you got them in my size ? . How much did you pay for it ? Not as much as the man asked for.in that upscale sports shop in the mall ? Well thanks. but I haggled him down to $25. He wanted $45. and taught her how to haggle with used furniture dealers . it looks really expensive. I just speak what I want to say into the microphone and my words appear on the screen. where did you get it . especially about the cost of something that you are buying. I haggled him down to $25 !!! Danielle Russell Danielle Russell Danielle Russell Explanation : If you haggle..
Did you get what you want ? I did. please come this way. You've been ripped off ! Explanation : If someone rips you off.. I like the wide lapels and the pant cuffs. What have you been doing ? Shopping for some new outfits. My feet are killing me !!! Marie Yvonne Marie Yvonne Marie Yvonne Explanation : If you say that something is killing you. What do you want to do now ? I just want to sit down somewhere and relax. What ? You could have got the one from the department store for $200. Just a moment . We appear to be temporarily out of stock. How much did it cost ? Three hundred and fifty dollars. Ah! these are just what I've been looking for. ! I'm afraid not madam.. you mean that it is causing you physical or emotional pain. You look a bit tired. It reminds me of one I saw in the department store the other day. they cheat you by charging you too much money for something or by selling you something that is faulty . I got it at that new outfitters on the main street. Have you got them in my size ? I'm a size 8.. My feet are killing me ! You've been ripped off !!! Terry Michael Terry Michael Terry Michael What do you think of my new suit ? Not bad.. could you show me to the skirts section please ? Certainly madam. Oh.Shopper Clerk Shopper Clerk Shopper Clerk Excuse me. Did you get it there ? No. but it took me all day. how disappointing ! When will you next have some in ? We should be getting a delivery at the beginning of next week..
Yes. you really must take me to see her play sometime. What a bargain ! You'll have to take me with you next time. that's the snazziest looking handbag I've ever seen. She's got a really useful right foot !!! John Eric John Eric John Eric My sister's really keen on soccer.. Look what I've got. When I say keen. She doesn't support any in particular. Well if that's the case.. Really. Where did you get it ? I got it in Paris on my last trip.. I got it for half price because the shop was having a clearance sale. I can't wear it any more. what team does she support. I bet it cost a fortune ? No it didn't.Example : The Consumer federation claims banks are ripping you off by not passing along savings on interest rates .. She's got a really useful right foot. usually because it has been sold at a lower price than normal. Is she any good ? Well.. She plays for a local women's team. Wow. she's scored ten goals so far this season. I mean she's an enthusiastic player. Example : At this price the wine is a bargain . What a bargain !!! Jenny Fay Jenny Fay Jenny Fay Explanation : Something that is a bargain is good value for money. I must have lost six pounds over the last two months. . my best dress is now too big for me. My sister's hobby is dress making !!! Marion Hettie You look slimmer than when I saw you last.
What a beautiful garden your parents have ! I'm glad you like it. which really made it impossible. even though you know that it is impossible or unlikely. . You should take some lessons. Why was that ? I found that I was tone-deaf. I'll ask her. She's got a really green thumb !!! Gordon Fiona Gordon Fiona Gordon Fiona Explanation : If you say someone has green fingers.Marion Hettie Marion Hettie Don't say that. I'm no good at sewing myself. Never mind. How do you mean ? Well. Good heavens. Example : You don't need green thumb to fill your home with lush leaves. how does she do it ? She's got a really green thumb. why don't you try learning the drums? Then being tone-deaf shouldn't matter. Some of them are nearly twenty years old. you would like it to be true. I wish I could play the piano like you !!! Andy Dee Andy Dee Andy Dee Explanation : If you wish something were true. I think I can help you. That would be fantastic. They're my mother's specialty. And the houseplants are also very attractive. I took some when I was younger but I was hopeless. or green thumb. I wish I could play the piano like you. you mean that they are very good at gardening and their plants grow well. plants seem to respond to her. my sister's hobby is dress making and I'm sure she wouldn't mind taking it in so that it'll fit you again. I'm sure you could if you tried. They certainly spend a lot of time on it.
. How does she do it ? She sight-reads really well. Well. She sight-reads really well !!! Clare Angie Clare Angie Clare My elder sister is always in demand at family parties. what a game ! Three goals each. Why. Who do you support ? Real Madrid. because I'm a Beckham fan. Example : He panned over the crowd for a few minutes before swiveling back to the right. but I couldn't do that. Your vacation video is really interesting.Example : I wish it weren't true. The Real goalie made a fantastic save !!! Larry Phillip Larry Phillip Larry Phillip Did you see the Barcelona-Real Madrid match on TV yesterday ? Of course. Only they didn't because the Real goalie made a fantastic save. That helps you to see what a really large area they cover. Mexico is a fascinating country. What are we looking at now ? These are the remains of a Mayan city. is she a good singer ? No. it moves slowly across an area in a wide sweep. she plays the piano really well and she can play whatever music anyone puts in front of her. I like the way you pan across the ruins very slowly. I like the way you pan across the ruins !!! Carrie Donald Carrie Donald Carrie Donald Explanation : If you pan a film or television camera or if it pans somewhere. I can play the piano. Barcelona should have won it with that great shot on goal in the last minute.
He's clearly over the moon about something !!! Gordon Have you seen Johnny today? . but I'm no good . without practising it beforehand. it's a great skill. but she also enjoys doing still lifes.a type of painting or drawing of an arrangement of objects that do not move. I wonder if we'll be hearing wedding bells soon. they clearly like the same things. fruit. Yes that's true. My sister started a new hobby a few months ago. Someone who can sight-read can play or sing music from a printed sheet the first time they see it. They go on regular bike rides together too. bowls. etc Example : We went to an exhibition of 17th century Dutch still lifes. She enjoys doing still lifes !!! Cindy Heather Cindy Heather Cindy Heather Explanation : still lifes ( plural ) . Example : Symphony musicians cannot necessarily sight-read. How interesting. What are her favorite subjects ? She likes painting landscapes best. Yes. I envy her. They seem to have a lot in common !!! Theresa Yvonne Theresa Yvonne Theresa Yvonne Mandy and Tom seem to be spending a lot of time together lately. such as flowers. I've seen them at the swimming pool lately and at the cinema. They seem to have a lot in common. Really ? Tell me more.I have no artistic talent. She's been learning to paint watercolors. I've tried to paint in the past.Angie Explanation : I wish I could do that.
so perhaps he's won a lot of money on the horses. He kept changing channels on the remote !!! Sharon Heather Sharon Heather Sharon Heather My mother got really annoyed with my father yesterday evening. you want to have it or to do it Example : Do you fancy going to see a movie sometime ? Let's eat out tonight. you mean that you are very pleased about something. he does that sometimes but this was because he kept changing channels on the remote. Example : She was over the moon about/with her new bike. How about that new place just off the market square ? Good idea. OK. Well why not ? What do you fancy ? I think Japanese would make a nice change. Fine. Don't tell me he fell asleep in front of the television and started snoring. it's one of their most annoying habits. What do you fancy ? Sian Vincent Sian Vincent Sian Vincent Explanation : If you fancy something. All men do that. I'll go and freshen up first. What about ? He won't tell anybody. in the meantime I'll phone to book a table. He's a betting man. she's a great cook. No.Martin Gordon Martin Gordon Martin Explanation : No. why ? Well he's clearly over the moon about something. If you say that you are over the moon. It was when they were watching television. . Why. but I've never seen him looking so happy. I don't feel like cooking. did he complain about her cooking ? Oh no.
but after that I'm going home. my luggage went astray. Yes I did. it never arrived. . I wouldn't give up hope. it gets lost while it is being taken or sent somewhere. Did you get it back. but it took two whole days. I had a terrible time on my last trip to Europe. Even so. It's now a quarter to eight and neither of them has turned up. I'd give them another quarter of an hour or so. OK. They've probably been held up by the traffic !!! Tom Henry Tom Henry Tom Henry Explanation : To hold somebody or something up means to delay somebody or something. It's been very heavy for the past hour. Example : Many items of mail being sent to her have gone astray.My luggage went astray !!! Maggie Bernard Maggie Bernard Maggie Bernard Maggie Explanation : If something goes astray. They've probably been held up by the traffic. You're not looking too cheerful. Example : Traffic was held up for several hours by the accident. Why. What happened to it ? Had somebody collected it by mistake or stolen it ? No. I was absolutely furious. When I arrived in Paris and went to collect my case from the baggage carousel. they should have turned up by now. what happened ? Did you have an accident ? No. I arranged with Bob and Chris to meet me here for a drink at seven o'clock. Well. Well. it had been sent on to London by mistake.