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Doing the Housework

Sam and her mum, Erica, are at home. Today is Erica’s day off and Sam isn’t at school today either. There is a lot of housework to be done, so Erica asks Sam to help…

Sam: Morning, mum. What’s for breakfast?

Mum: Morning, Sam. There’s Spanish omelette, some fruit and orange juice on the table -help yourself.

Sam: Thanks, Mum. Do you want me to take the dog for a walk today? I think it’s my turn…

Mum: I’ve already taken him for a walk. Actually, I really need your help to do the housework today. Can you do the dishes after breakfast?

Sam: Of course… Anything else? I have a plenty of free time today.

Mum: Well, that’s just wonderful! Can you do the washing, polish the furniture and then…tidy your room? I’ll do the shopping and the ironing.

Sam: OK, I’ll polish the furniture and tidy my room, but, please mum, don’t make me do the washing. I hate doing that! Can I hoover and mop the floor instead?

Mum: Fine then, I’ll have to do the washing myself…

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Doing the Housework


Phrasal verb
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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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