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Family relationships

Alison and Frankie are two teenagers who have the same problem; They are both complaining about living at home with their parents...

Alison: My parents really don’t understand me. They’re always criticising me!

Frankie: It’s the same in my house... My mum wants me to tidy up all the time. She says that my room is always messy even after I’ve tidied it!

Alison: I have exactly the same problem with my mum... Another problem is that they don’t allow me to stay out with my friends in the evenings. It’s really not fair!

Frankie: Why don’t they trust us? I can’t understand them...

Alison: I wonder what they were like when they were teenagers...

Frankie: Me too… I think we should tell them how we’re feeling!

Alison: Do you really think they will understand us?

Frankie: I hope so. Isn’t it worth trying?

Alison: OK, maybe you’re right. Let’s give it a go…

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Family relationships


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
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.

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