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– A Walk In The Country –
Learn English – Lesson 60 – A Walk in the Country
The plan to take a walk in the country had to be put off until the Sunday afterwards. Darren had not returned from his holiday in Valencia in time to drive everyone up there. When he had not returned by Sunday morning the gang had put two and two together and figured that his plane had been delayed. Besides, by the afternoon, the weather had taken a nasty turn and it had began to rain.
On his return he wrote the airline company an email putting his issues across about the delay. He was relieved to be home and away from the airport but he felt that he had to put his foot down and let them know how unhappy he was with their service. Once he had sent the email he felt much better, he began to relax and recall the wonderful time he had had in Valencia. The city had certainly put a spell on him and he went into great detail when describing it to his friends.
However, he had come home to some bad news, Rosie had left her job. She was a bit disheartened about having to try to find another job but she was happy to be away from that job.
Rosie: It’s the manager, to put it in a nutshell, she is an awful person. I did everything that she asked me to do, I was kind and courteous to the clients. I was careful not to put a foot wrong. I would always have new ideas to help the company but she would always put them down. She would talk to the staff as if we were minions, shouting and embarrassing people for their smallest mistakes. On Friday, she was being particularly nasty to one of our administration staff, Becky. She’s such a lovely, quiet girl who wouldn’t say boo to a goose. She tossed an empty packet towards the bin but she missed. The manager was walking past and started saying that Becky was disgusting, calling her a litterbug and a disgrace. She just sat there, whimpering apologies. I don’t know why she put up with it.
When the manager returned to her office Becky started crying. I tried to comfort her but I was so angry. I went to the manager’s office to talk to her. When I entered she was all smiles as if nothing had happened. I told her that I thought she was a bit harsh with Becky, that it was an accident and she didn’t deserve being treated like that.
The manager’s mood quickly changed. She told me that Becky was useless and that she was hanging on by a very thin thread. It was so unfair, Becky is the hardest working person there. She put up the new website and put in the new computer software that we use. All for no extra money and no thanks.
I didn’t want to work for a woman like this anymore so I handed in my resignation. She changed her attitude again and asked me to stay. I refused but she followed me out of the office and kept asking me to stay as I gathered my things, put on my coat and left. Everyone in the office saw what happened, saw that she wasn’t the hard nosed woman that she pretended to be. I hope that her attitude changes permanently for the better.
Facts: A walk in the country can also be called hiking in the USA and the UK, as well as rambling in the UK and tramping in New Zealand.
Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1:
Summary Statements Comprehension Quiz 2:
Drag and Drop Quiz 3:
This verb requires the presence of an object (a garment). The position of this object can be placed in the middle of the phrasal verb or at the end. For example, you can say:
Put on that shirt
Put that shirt on
However, when the object is represented by a pronoun like it or that, it is always placed in the middle, not at the end:
Put that shirt on / Put on that shirt = Put it on
The opposite verb of to put on is to take off. The grammatical behavior of to take off is exactly the same as to put on.
The phrasal verbs seen in the previous lesson:
To turn on/off
To switch on/off
To bring back
To take back
To give back
To put back
They also maintain the same grammatical behavior:
Turn the TV off / Turn off the TV = Turn it off
Rosie was late because she forgot to put the clock forward on Sunday.
She tried to put forward some interesting ideas in the meeting.
Nobody understood her ideas because Rosie didn’t put them across well.
He put across his point very clearly.
They didn’t like his ideas and put them down.
Some people put others down to feel better about themselves.
Keiran put in an air conditioning unit at home.
He took the game pieces and put them back in the box.
Rosie’s parents visited and she put them up for the night.
She put her new poster up on her wall.
With her parents at home, she decided to put off her work.
The noise of construction was putting her off her work.
I can’t put up with my parents anymore. They are annoying me.
She shouldn’t put up with being treated so badly.
Combining a verb with a preposition can make many combinations with different meanings. This can include expressions like:
To put all your eggs in one basket: He put all his eggs in one basket and risked too much.
To put something in a nutshell: Darren put his explanation in a nutshell.
To put two and two together: He put two and two together and realised who had stolen the money.
To put a spell on: She was so attractive that she put a spell on me.
To put your foot down: He was doing terrible at school so I put my foot down and made him study.
Not to put a foot wrong: When I started work, I tried not to put a foot wrong.
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