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Talking about Relationships

Anna and George are moving in together. They are talking about their plans for a

housewarming party…

Anna: I’m so excited about us moving in together! It’s getting so close to the day when we

pick up our keys!

George: Me too - I’ve wanted to buy this house for us for ages now, and it’s finally ours! It’s

going to be a very exciting new chapter for us!

Anna: I think we should organise a housewarming party and invite my parents too – that

would be a great start. I really want you to have a closer relationship with them…

George: Anna, I can’t shake off the idea that your parents will never like me. Nothing I ever

do seems good enough for them…

Anna: Well, I certainly don’t think so! I know my dad’s expectations can be hard to live up

to, but he just wants the best for me, and my mum only ever speaks well of you.

George: Really? Can you think of any hobbies or activities that I could offer to do with your

dad to build a better bond between us?

Anna: He really loves football or anything to do with cars… Maybe you could go to a

football game together? I think he would love the idea if you suggested it.

George: OK… I’ll check if there are any local matches on in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, you call your parents and tell them they can come over on Saturday.

Anna: Great - they’ll be delighted! I’ll call mum after we finish unpacking…

George: You’re right - we have so much to do before the house is ready for guests…

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Talking about Relationships


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To put away something

To store things where they are usually kept.

Please put away your toys when you’re finished with them.

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To hang something up

To stop using something because you are no longer doing the activity or sport.

After the final fight of his career, he hung up his boxing gloves.

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To hang up

To end a phone conversation

I couldn’t hear him on the phone so I hung up.

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To put up with something or somebody

To accept or continue to accept and unpleasant situation.

I can put up his room being messy but I can’t put up with him leaving a mess around the house.

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To get up to

1.  To do something.

2.  To do something that others would disapprove of.

1.  What did you get up to on holiday?

2.  The children have been getting up to mischief recently.

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