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Reporting a Crime

Megan was walking home from work when she witnessed a hit and run accident. She stopped to help the man who was hurt, and then she called the police to report the crime…

Operator: You’re through to the police. How can I help?

Megan: I’ve just witnessed an accident on Henry Street in Manchester city centre. A man was hit by a car while he was crossing the road and the car drove off without stopping.

Operator: Can you tell me about the victim? Are you with him now?

Megan: Yes, his leg looks badly hurt, but he can move it slightly. He’s about 25.

Operator: OK, I’m going to send an ambulance. Whereabouts are you on Henry Street?

Megan: I’m about halfway down, near the entrance to the car park.

Operator: Did you get the car registration number?

Megan: I think the first part is ML18, but I can’t remember the rest.

Operator: OK, can you remember the make, model, and the colour of the car?

Megan: It was black. I think it was a Renault…but I can’t remember the model.

Operator: OK, we’ll get somebody out there now, and an ambulance will be with you as soon as possible. Please stay with the man in the same place and reassure him that help is on the way.

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Reporting a Crime


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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