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Describing a Bad Day at Work

Jack had a really bad day at work. Everything went wrong from the moment he woke up. He is talking to his friend, Rachel, about it on the phone…

Rachel: How did you get on today at work, Jack?

Jack: Today was a disaster! A total nightmare!

Rachel: Why? It can’t have been that bad!

Jack: Oh, it was… First of all, I slept through my alarm. I didn’t even have time for breakfast.

Then, I missed the train by 5 minutes, so I had to wait on the next one and I was late for work! I forgot my lunch and my USB stick with my presentation on it too…

Rachel: Oh Jack! That sounds awful!

Jack: You can say that again!

Rachel: Well, I hope you’re going to relax tonight!

Jack: Yes, I’m going to put my feet up and watch a film now… I’ve just ordered my favourite pizza too.

Rachel: You deserve it! And tomorrow is another day!

Jack: You’re right – I really hope it’ll be better!

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Describing a Bad Day at Work


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
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

with someone.

We talked over the

issues in the

meeting before

making a decision.

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