Lesson 20 – Company Dinner – Pronoun it

LEVEL A2 - COMPANY DINNER

 

 


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VOCABULARY

 

 

  • It’s seven o´clock
  • To start
  • To get ready
  • You seem keen
  • To attend the dinner party
  • a company dinner
  • I thought you'd… / I thought you would...
  • To be dreading it
  • a promotion
  • It will be good.
  • Social setting
  • It’s a great opportunity.
  • Wouldn’t they be more interested in...?
  • Your skills
  • It seems unlikely...
  • Going to help them
  • To make a decision
  • It can’t hurt my chances!
  • The management
  • Social group
  • They are always planning
  • To plan
  • Company functions
  • Paint-balling
  • Bowling
  • Various activities
  • Those sort of things
  • It is going to be strange
  • Attending one of these events
  • Something that I have to do...
  • The buses are going to be...
  • Full of drunken students
  • On their way in to town...
  • To order a taxi
  • It’s 10 miles away.
  • I’ll order the taxi.

 

LESSON 20 DIALOGUE

 

- Company Dinner -

 

 

Lesson 20 - Company Dinner

Jeff: It's seven o'clock. We should start to get ready!

Polly: You seem keen on attending the dinner party. It’s a company dinner, I thought you'd be dreading it.

Jeff: There is a possible promotion coming up. I think it will be good to let the management see me in a social setting. It's a great opportunity!

Polly: Wouldn't they be more interested in your skills in the office? It seems unlikely that a dinner party is going to help them make a decision.

Jeff: It can't hurt my chances though! The management are quite a social group. They are always planning company functions, paintballing, bowling, and various activities...

Polly: But you never bothered with those sort of things before.

Jeff: I know. It is going to be strange attending one of these events. But I think it is something that I have to do if I want a shot at that promotion!

Polly: I guess so. What time do we have to be there?

Jeff: The dinner starts at 10pm.

Polly: Okay, well it's Saturday so I think the buses are going to be full of drunken students on their way into town. Do you want to order a taxi?

Jeff: Good idea! It’s going to be busy and it’s 10 miles away so I’ll order the taxi for 9:15.

 

COMPREHENSION QUIZZES (3 TO COMPLETE)

Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1

 

Summary Statements Comprehension Quiz 2

 

Drag and Drop Quiz 3: 

GRAMMAR PRACTICE: PRONOUN IT

 

 

The use of it:

It is a pronoun that applies only to objects and animals.

 

Examples:

The alarm clock is ringing.

It is ringing.

The dog is barking.

It is barking.

 

The plural of it is they.

 

Examples:

The alarm clocks are ringing.

They are ringing.

The dogs are barking.

They are barking.

 

Other use of it:

It can also be used to describe atmospheric conditions:

 

Examples:

It's sunny.

It's dark.

It's cloudy.

 

When you ask a question about distance, we also use it in the answer:

 

Examples:

How far is it?

It's far.

It's a long way.

 

Also when we want to know the distance between places:

 

Examples:

How far is it from Paris to Rome?

It's 687 miles.

 

We can use it when we talk about dates:

 

Examples:

It's Tuesday.

It's my birthday. 

 

And also with time:

 

Examples:

It's early.

It's 7 o'clock.

 

When we talk about hours, we must apply the following rules. For time of the hour, we have to use o'clock:

 

Example:

It's six o'clock.

 

To mark 30 minutes after on the stroke of each hour, we say half past before the time.

Example:

It's half past nine.

 

To indicate fifteen minutes after on the stroke of each hour, we say a quarter past before the time.

 

Example:

It's a quarter to four.

 

To express an assessment of a specific situation, we use it’s + adjective + to:

It's   +   Adjective (difficult, nice, dangerous, interesting, terrible etc.)  +  To

 

Examples:

It's not easy to learn English.

It's nice to visit Spain.

 

PRONUNCIATION PRACTICE

 

 

 

 

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