Buying a New Pair of Trainers
Josh goes to his favourite shop to buy a new pair of trainers. He picks a pair of trainers and asks the shop assistant if his size is available…
Shop assistant: Hi, do you need any help?
Josh: I really like these trainers. How much are they?
Shop assistant: They’re 60 pounds.
Josh: OK… Do you have them in a size 9?
Shop assistant: I’ll check you for you now… mm... yes, we do have them in a size 9. Do you want to try them?
Josh: Yes, please…
Shop assistant: How are they?
Josh: I like them, but they’re a bit too small. Do you have a size 10?
Shop assistant: Unfortunately, we don’t have a size 10. Hmmm… I could order them today and they will arrive tomorrow morning?
Josh: Yes, please. I’d like to try them.
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.