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  • 20 SIGNS YOU’RE HAVING A BAD DAY Edited version with explanations To help you remember the sentences more easily, we have highlighted the key words or phrases in blue. Those are the most important words you must try to remember, and they’ll help you remember the rest of the sentence with the help of the picture
  • 1. You woke up in a strange place... Wake – woke – woken
  • 2. You had   trouble getting out of bed...     Trouble= problems
  • 3. You washed your hair and couldn't do a thing with it...    You can’t do a thing = you can’t do anything
  • 4.   You feel like you have a hangover and you weren't even drinking last  night...    Hangover = the feeling you get the day after being drunk
  • 5.   Your new diet doesn't seem to be working...    It doesn’t seem to be working = it doesn’t work “ seem to” = appear. It doesn’t express a fact, but a possibility. For that reason, in BrE it is often use to say something bad more politely
  • 6. You   pulled a muscle when you tried to exercise...    To pull a muscle= when you exercise hard, sometimes you get a strong pain in a muscle and it hurts a lot for days
  • 7.  Your new hat looked better on you at the shop...    The hat looks nice – we’re talking about the hat The hat looks nice on you – we’re talking about how you look when you’re wearing the hat
  • 8.  Your old hat doesn't seem quite right either...    Again we see the verb “to seem”, expressing possibility, but used as a polite way for saying something bad. The word QUITE is used here with the same intention, to make the sentence sound softer. EITHER, at the end of a sentence, is the opposite of TOO, and it’s pronounced: EYE-THER
  • 9. The dry cleaner’s shrunk your favourite clothes...    The “dry cleaner’s” is the place where you take your expensive clothes to be cleaned without water ( ‘s here indicates that we’re talking about a place, not posession). SHRINK- SHRANK/SHRUNK- SHRUNK means to become smaller
  • 10.  You keep losing things...    Keep + -ing= continue. Often used to express a bad habit
  • 11.  You have a stiff neck...    Stiff = rigid. A stiff neck is when you have a pain in your neck every time you move it in one direction, so you usually keep your neck rigid to avoid the pain
  • 12.  You feel like you're in the wrong place at the wrong time...     LIKE = as if (conjunction used to establish a comparison) used in colloquial English. His house is like a palace (preposition) He talks like he knows everything (preposition) = he talks as if he knew everything (notice the change of tense)
  • 13.  The lunch you had didn't seem to agree with you...    A very British way to say things. The food you ate made your stomach feel bad, but don’t worry, it’s not your fault, it’s the food’s fault because it didn’t agree with you (maybe you should talk to it more convincingly!)
  • 14.  You get no respect ...    Is President Bush trying to be a mother tiger, or is he trying to eat fresh meat?
  • 15.  you feel trapped ....   No comments
  • 16.  Traffic on the way home was brutal...    Pay attention to the expression: “on the way home”. We often use it with the possessive: “on your way home” (= as you’re going home)
  • 17. Your buddies seem to avoid you BUDDY = friend (coll. English). AVOID = try to stay away. SEEM TO = again, to express a bad thing more softly
  • 18.  Dinner left you feeling a bit queasy ...    QUEASY = the way you feel when you’re going to vomit
  • 19.   You're alone in the house at night and you hear a noise in the basement ...     Basement = the lower part of a house when it’s underground
  • 20. You feel like nothing makes sense anymore To make sense = to be understandable Does it make sense? = do you understand it? ANYMORE= never again
  • And when you find comfort in thinking things can’t get worse… To find comfort in something = to feel better with it
  • … well, they do The poor thing!
  • But don’t panic Well, the cat in the picture is obviously panicking
  • Don’t hide Not the best hiding place, but a nice try!
  • Relax Wow, that feels like comfortable
  • Enjoy yourself ENJOY is a transitive verb and it always needs a direct object. If you don’t have another object then we use the reflexive pronouns (xx-self). I enjoyed the party very much =right I enjoyed myself very much (at the party) =right *I enjoyed very much =wrong
  • Tomorrow will be another day Shhhh……. Sweet dreams! No comments
  • THE END © M. Angel Castaño EOI Zamora 2008 www.Multimedia-English.com