Kelly is a secondary school student. She enjoys biology lessons in school, but she isn’t very good at Maths. She is talking to her dad about a maths exam which she did yesterday...
Kelly: Dad, I had a really important exam yesterday. It was the maths exam.
Dad: How was it? Was it difficult?
Kelly: Well, I studied a lot, but it wasn’t an easy exam…so I’m not sure if I’ve passed it or not.
Dad: Let’s look on the school portal to see if the results are released yet.
Kelly: I’m too scared to check, Dad... Can you check it for me?
Dad: Oh, that’s amazing Kelly! You got one of the highest marks in your class!
Kelly: You’re joking, aren’t you?
Dad: No, come and check it with me!
Kelly: I can’t believe it! I’m so happy and totally surprised, Dad!
Dad: You deserve it sweetheart! You worked really hard. Congratulations!
To let down someone
To make someone disappointed when you have not fulfilled a promise.
She promised that she would be there but she let me down.
To break down
1. To become very upset.
2. When something stops working
1. She broke down when she opened her results.
2. The lift broke down.
To bring somebody/something down
1. To make someone lose their powerful position.
2. To make something end.
1. He brought his boss down by exposing personal emails.
2. The rise in export prices could bring the hospitality industry down.
To bottle something up
To refuse to talk about things when someone is worried or upset.
After his father passed away, he bottled his emotions up and wouldn’t talk to anyone.
To get something across
To make someone believe or understand something
He tried to get his point across but his manager wouldn’t listen.