An Argument Between Friends
Lisa and Jake are best friends. They had to choose partners for the group project and Jake
chose a different partner. Lisa was angry and she confronted him...
Lisa: Jake, I can’t believe that you chose Tim to do the project with you instead of me! We
always work together!
Jake: I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to upset you. I chose Tim because he was interested in my
Lisa: Well, I was interested in your idea too...
Jake: I could ask Mrs. Burns tomorrow if we can all work together?
Lisa: Well, I don’t want to work with anyone else!
Jake: I think it’s good to make friends with other people and share their ideas too.
Lisa: I’d rather work with someone else.
Jake: That’s fine, suit yourself then! We can’t work together all the time!
To run up against
To experience something difficult and unexpected.
The politicians ran up against strong opposition from the people.
To wrestle with
To try very hard to deal with a problem or a difficult situation.
I wrestled with the decision for a few months before deciding to quit.
To think through
To carefully consider the possible results of doing something.
I need some time think this through before making a decision.
To knuckle down
To start working or studying harder.
He’s going to have to knuckle down if he wants to pass the course.
To talk over
To discuss a
problem or situation
We talked over the
issues in the
making a decision.