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Describing a Bad Experience at Home

It’s the Christmas holidays but there has been a disaster in Melanie’s house… She was decorating the Christmas tree when she fell off the ladder and hurt her leg. She is describing what happened to her friend, Sam…

Sam: Hi Melanie! How are you? I heard you’ve hurt your leg.

Melanie:  Yes, what a disaster! It’s badly swollen and it hurts a lot today.

Sam: That’s terrible! How did it happen?

Melanie: Well, I was decorating the Christmas tree and I had to go up the ladder to reach the top. My dog, Ben, was running around the tree and it started to shake…

Sam: Don’t tell me!

Melanie: The ladder started to shake too. I lost my balance and fell down.

Sam: Oh no! That’s terrible! Is it broken?

Melanie: Thankfully, it isn’t broken. I went to the hospital and the doctor said that I’ve only sprained it. I’ll make sure Ben is outside when I’m decorating the tree next year!

Sam: That’s a good idea! Make sure you rest your leg too!

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Describing a Bad Experience at Home


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To run through something

To practice or repeat something from beginning to end.

Let’s run through the song one more time before we perform.

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To fall behind (with

To fail to do something on time or fast enough.

1.  He missed most of classes and fell behind with his schoolwork.

2.  He didn’t come to class for weeks so he fell behind.

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To drop out (of)

To quit before you have finished something.

1.  He dropped out of school 2 months before he was due to complete his exams.

2.  He dropped out.

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To sail through

To succeed easily in doing something.

He sailed through the test and achieved the highest mark.

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To keep up with

To continue being informed about something.

I like to watch the news to keep up with current affairs.

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