What to say to a boyfriend when he lazes around in the house.


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Hello Marília_ Brasil,

These are examples of phrasal verbs which have the same meaning as the base verb. You can use 'tidy' or 'tidy up' with no difference in use or meaning. Both 'wash' and 'wash up' can be used when talking about dishes; 'wash' can also be used in other contexts, while 'wash up' can not.


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What would I do if I had my girlfriend that was I slob?
Well I guess that changing her would be an useless attempt. So I'd have two ways. To become a slob myself or to find another girlfriend who is not a slob.
I think this video is a good example of formal and everyday intercourse. It also shows right intonation to talk on native language. I liked it.

Hi, I am Sunny from South Korea.
This video is quite fun because it is super realistic, especially, the guy, he is into the role. His facial expression and upset eyes tell everything as the archetype of a slob.
To tell the truth, my children are real slobs, not my husband. He is busy in tidying up around the living room and the children's room, as soon as he is back home from work, while I am cooking. Thanks for making a fun video like this.

Ohh envy you) mine gets our house mess as soon as he comes back home))

Hi the related teacher,

On top of that, thanks to you, teachers for

I have some questions about conjunction 'that' and past participle of a verb 'get'. At task 2, I wrote 'that' at even questions (no. 2,4,6) in indirect speech. Does it sound awkward when I say 'that' in spoken English? However, it is right in written English, isn't it? Lastly, is it weird when I say, "He said he had gotten a takeaway pizza."? Don't you use 'gotten' any more? If I use gotten instead of got, does it sound old and awkward?

Hi lalalai,

There is no problem in using 'that' in reported speech (She said that.... / He told me that....) It can be a way of adding emphasis or simply a stylistic choice.

'Gotten' is used in some dialects in the USA and Canada. It actually originates in Britain but is no longer used there, where 'got' is the standard form.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter,
Thank you for your kind explanation. Thanks to you, I think I am able to use 'reported speech' more properly.

Hi Peter,KIRK
I'd like to ask you what's the meaning and purpose of this statement
"get more specific as you go"
I know the meaning of its word but I suspect that it has another meaning.
and thanks.

Hello Bushr,

There are two basic parts to this: 'get more specific' and 'as you go'. The first suggests that you give more details and the second is used to talk about simultaneous changes. See the Cambridge dictionary entry for 'as' and look for the section called As: simultaneous changes.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there,
I've been doing some reading on the proper use of singular and plural nouns. I have a problem with the words "type" and "kind".

When talking about countable nouns, should the the plural "types/kinds" be followed by a singular or a plural countable noun? For example, which of these two sentences is grammatically correct?

-"There are different types of orange"
-"There are different types of oranges".

Also, is it ever correct for the singular "type" to be followed by a plural noun?

I am assuming that the words "type" and "kind" are synonyms and can be used interchangeably. Let me know if this is correct, please.

Thanks a lot.