Inside Out Upper U 1 and 2 difficult and useful vocab One

momentous

in spite of everything

you’re kidding

I can’t stand…

get dressed

newsflash

compliment

revise/ revision

have a nap

spoil someone

not keen on

hardly ever

almost always

weird

a tag

intonation

subservient/ subservience/ submissive

a gash

dead straight

take something at face value

convent girl

burning ambition

have an eye on…

it’s no coincidence that…

a film adaption of…

Who can blame her?

an uncanny resemblance to…

make it his/ her own

trash/ trashy

a pastiche

glitz/ glitzy

to entrance/ entrancing

corset

loose hair (falling over her shoulders)

cut in a bob

notorious

go ahead

self-image

self-esteem

go clubbing

an item of clothing

trainers

object to…

insist on…

a hug/ to hug

go out with someone

half a dozen

impressed/ impressive

get on with/ get along with

fancy

shattered/ exhausted/ knackered

chill out

telly/ the box

on its last legs

backroads

irritated

humiliated/ humiliation

fed up

dread

1. What would you do if you were going out with someone who ____ cleaned the house?

2. What would you do if you were going out with someone who ____________ spent the weekends watching F1?

3. How much did your most expensive _____________________ cost?

4. How long have you had your oldest _____________________? Do they smell?

5. Do you _______________ beggars/ people selling things on trains? Why/ why not?

6. When did you last have __________________ drinks? How did you feel?

7. What do you do to ________________? Does it really help you relax?

8. Could you help someone who had __________ in their hand, or would you just faint?

9. Do you have ____________? Do you think you will ever achieve it? Why/ why not?

10. What is the best/ worst ________________ that you have ever seen? How wasn’t it as good as the book?

11. Has anyone ever said that you have _________ someone famous/ someone else they know?

12. Would you tell your friend/ colleague if you thought their make up/ clothes looked ______?

13. What is the most ____________ thing that has ever happened to you?

14. ________, would you accept North Korea being merged with South Korea tomorrow?

15. Which television personalities ______________?/ Tell us one way of studying English that you ___________________

16. How often do you give ______________? What was the last ________ you received?

17. How much of what you ____________ before an English language exam do you remember two weeks after?

18. Have you ever had ____________ at work? Did anyone notice?

19. Do you think that it is okay for grandparents to _________ their grandchildren?

20. Who is the _____est person you have ever met?/ Who was your ____est classmate?

21. What would make you wear _____________?

22. What do you think about men with __________________? Do you think women are more attractive with _______________ or with their hair up?

23. Is your hometown _________ for anything? Were you _____ for anything at school?

24. Do you ______________ any expensive consumer goods? Do you think that you will buy them?

25. Do you think your ___________ is the same as the way other people see you?

26. Do you have high ________________?

27. What would you say if your husband or wife said that they were ________ without you?

28. How much time do you spend watching _____________?

29. Are any of your possessions _______________?

30. When did you last feel ____________? Does that thing always annoy you?

31. Have you ever done or said something that _________ someone else? How did they react?

32. What have you recently felt _____________ about?

33. Are you _______________ anything at the moment?

34. Are there any politicians/ British Council teachers who you are _______________?

35. Can you imagine a situation in which you would give a stranger ___________?

36. What would you do if one of your Korean friends ____________ speaking English to you from now on in order to get some language practice?

37. Have you ever got un______________ in a public place?

38. Do you think Korean men want to marry ________________ women?

39. Has anyone ever taken offense at something you said when you were just _______?

40. What’s the most ______________ present you have ever had?

41. Are there any people in your workplace/ class who you don’t _______________?

42. Which sportsmen or sportswomen do you _______? What do you find attractive about them?

43. Have you ever _______________ someone on a blind date?

44. What would you do if a hairdresser _____________ when you only wanted a trim?

Answer key

1. What would you do if you were going out with someone who hardly ever cleaned the house?

2. What would you do if you were going out with someone who almost always spent the weekends watching F1?

3. How much did your most expensive item of clothing cost?

4. How long have you had your oldest pair of trainers? Do they smell?

5. Do you object to beggars/ people selling things on trains? Why/ why not?

6. When did you last have half a dozen drinks? How did you feel?

7. What do you do to chill out? Does it really help you relax?

8. Could you help someone who had a gash in their hand, or would you just faint?

9. Do you have a burning ambition? Do you think you will ever achieve it? Why/ why not?

10. What is the best/ worst film adaption that you have ever seen?

11. Has anyone ever said that you have an uncanny resemblance to someone famous/ someone else they know?

12. Would you tell your friend/ colleague if you thought their make up/ clothes looked trashy?

13. What is the most momentous thing that has ever happened to you?

14. In spite of everything, would you accept North Korea being merged with South Korea tomorrow?

15. Which television personalities can’t you stand?/ Tell us one way of studying English that you can’t stand

16. How often do you give compliments? What was the last compliment you received?

17. How much of what you revise before an English language exam do you remember two weeks after?

18. Have you ever had a nap at work? Did anyone notice?

19. Do you think that it is okay for grandparents to spoil their grandchildren?

20. Who is the weirdest person you have ever met?/ Who was your weirdest classmate?

21. What would make you wear a corset?

22. What do you think about men with hair falling over their shoulders? Do you think women are more attractive with loose hair or with their hair up?

23. Is your hometown notorious for anything? Were you notorious for anything at school?

24. Do you have your eye on any expensive consumer goods?

25. Do you think your self-image is the same as the way other people see you?

26. Do you have high self-esteem?

27. What would you say if your husband or wife said that they were going clubbing without you?

28. How much time do you spend watching the telly?

29. Are any of your possessions on their last legs?

30. When did you last feel irritated?

31. Have you ever done or said something that humiliated someone else?/

32. What have you recently felt fed up about?

33. Are you dreading anything at the moment?

34. Are there any politicians/ British Council teachers who you are not keen on?

35. Can you imagine a situation in which you would give a stranger a hug?

36. What would you do if one of your Korean friends insisted on speaking English to you from now on in order to get some language practice?

37. Have you ever got undressed in a public place?

38. Do you think Korean men want to marry submissive women?

39. Has anyone ever taken offense at something you said when you were just kidding?

40. What’s the most impressive present you have ever had?

41. Are there any people in your workplace/ class who you don’t get on with?

42. Which sportsmen/ women do you fancy? What do you find attractive about them?

43. Have you ever gone out with someone on a blind date?

44. What would you do if a hairdresser cut your hair into a bob when you only wanted a trim?

This time, fill the sentences with the correct tense and word, without looking back at the previous worksheet

1. What would you do if you _____________ (go out) with someone who hardly ever cleaned the house?

2. How much ____________________ (your most expensive item of clothing cost)?

3. How long __________________ (you have) your oldest pair of trainers? Do they smell?

4. _________________ (you object to) beggars/ people selling things on trains? Why/ why not?

5. When __________________ (you last have) half a dozen drinks? How did you feel?

6. Do you have a burning ambition? Do you think _________________ (you ever achieve it)? Why/ why not?

7. Would you tell your friend/ colleague if _________________ (you think) their make up/ clothes looked trashy?

8. How often _____________ (you give) compliments? What was the last compliment you received?

9. Have you ever had a nap at work? __________________ (anyone notice)?

10. What would you say if your husband or wife said that they _____________ (go clubbing) without you?

11. __________________ (ever go out with) someone on a blind date?

12. _____________________ (you dread) anything at the moment?

13. When _____________________ (you last feel) irritated?

Check your answers with the previous worksheet. Other tenses may be possible, so check with your teacher whether you answer is also correct

Pick one of the things below that is true for you (or something similar) and say it as it stands to your partner. They should guess whether that thing is past, present or future for you, and then try to make as detailed a true sentence with it about you as they can.

 can’t stand peas/ loud music/ young people’s taste in music/ where I live

 revise every day/ only before an exam

 have a nap at work/ in the park

 almost always watch TV in the evening

 take what my teacher/ parents/ politicians say at face value

 burning ambition

 have an eye on a new washing machine/ a new car/ some new shoes/ a handbag/ something cute/ a pet/ a teddy bear

 an uncanny resemblance to someone famous/ my dad/ my mum/ my granddad/ my Nan

 get dressed before breakfast/ get undressed as soon as I get home

 receive compliments for my English/ appearance/ work/ drawing

 spoil my nieces or nephews/ my younger siblings

 good/ native-like English intonation

 weird taste in food/ weird posters on my bedroom wall/ listen to weird music/ weird taste in men/ women

 dreading an exam/ dread meeting someone/ dread military service

 fed up with the traffic/ with my brother or sister

 notorious for snoring/ for being a flirt

 hugged by my parents/ hug people when I meet them/ hug my pet

 a trashy mobile phone cover/ trashy make up

 subservient to my parents/ to my boss/ to people who are older than me

 a glitzy dress/ glitzy make up

 low/ high self-esteem

 (un)realistic self-image

 always wear the same item of clothing/ but at least one item of clothing every weekend/ leave items of clothing on the living room floor

 object to people pushing onto the trains before you get off/ object to teenagers’ behaviour

 have half a dozen handbags/ potential boyfriends or girlfriends/ friends that I often meet up with

 smelly trainers/ expensive trainers/ loads of trainers

 (don’t) get on with my parents/ my siblings/ my classmates

 shattered by the end of Friday/ on Monday morning

 blame the government/ your parents/ your brother or sister

 go clubbing/ hook up with someone when I am out clubbing

 fancy the lead singer of a boy band/ girl band/ a teacher/ a classmate/ someone older

 humiliated by my boss/ by my teacher

 irritated by my brother or sister/ my neighbours

 in spite of what my parents said/ in spite of a complete lack of natural talent

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