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Think about the following questions:
- What procedure is typically followed when you go to see a doctor?
- How do you know if you've broken a bone?
Watch as Ashlie takes Stephen to hospital.
Ashlie: Accident and Emergency. This is what we need.
Stephen: Right. Because this is an emergency.
Ashlie: No, but it is an accident. Come on, you wait here, Poppy. Come on, then. Let’s go.
Receptionist: Hello. Can I help you?
Stephen: Yes. I think I’ve broken my ankle and my elbow. I think I need an X-ray.
Receptionist: Can I have your name, please?
Ashlie: It’s Walker. Stephen Walker.
Receptionist: OK. Thank you. Could you wait over there, please, and someone will see you as soon as they can.
Ashlie: Great, thanks.
Nurse: Mr Walker?
Nurse: The doctor’s ready to see you now.
Ashlie: Good luck.
Doctor: OK, Mr Walker. We’re going to X-ray your elbow and your ankle. But first the nurse just needs to do some tests.
Nurse: OK, can I just have a look at your tongue, please. Just open your mouth.
Stephen: Yes, but it’s my ankle.
Nurse: Yes, but we just need a quick examination, Mr Walker. If you open wide.
Nurse: Now say ‘ahhhh’.
Nurse: Yes, very good. We’re just going to have a quick listen. If you could turn round for me.
Stephen: My elbow really hurts.
Nurse: That’s nice. Very good. Almost finished. If you could roll up your sleeve, please.
Stephen: Ah, my elbow…
Nurse: No, I just need to take your blood pressure.
Nurse: Yeah, that seems normal. Right, you say it’s your ankle then, is it?
Stephen: Yes. And my elbow. I fell off my skateboard, you see…
Doctor: OK. Well, let’s look at your elbow first, shall we? Can you tell me where it hurts?
Stephen: Yeah, just here.
Doctor: And does it hurt when I do this?
Doctor: OK. And how about your ankle? OK. Is that painful?
Stephen: Aaghh! Yes!
Doctor: Well, I suppose we’d better get an X-ray. Here, take this down to the X-ray unit.
Nurse: Are you lost?
Ashlie: We’re looking for the X-Ray Unit.
Nurse: Yeah, follow me.
Ashlie: Great. Thank you.
Stephen: Do you think my ankle’s broken, Ash?
Ashlie: I don’t know, Stephen. I’m not a doctor.
Stephen: If you hadn’t let Poppy run away…
Ashlie: Stephen, it’s not my fault you fell over. Mr Clumsy.
Stephen: It might be months before I can walk properly again.
Ashlie: Oh, Stephen.
Stephen: You’ll have to look after me.
X-Ray Technician: Your form, please?
Doctor: Well, I’m pleased to tell you that neither your ankle nor your elbow is broken.
Stephen: Neither of them? Not even a little bit?
Doctor: Neither of them. They’re both bruised, but not broken. You’ll need to rest them for a couple of weeks. So no skateboarding. I’ll give you a prescription for some painkillers. Take one of these three times a day with food.
Ashlie: Thank you, Doctor. Come on then, Stephen. Let’s get you out of here, eh? No way. Come on you.
Come on. Let’s get you home, eh?
We can use the word 'just' to be more polite and to reassure people. For example, the doctor says:
- The nurse just needs to do some tests.
We usually use 'just' before the main verb in a sentence:
- Can you just wait for a few minutes?
- Just try to relax.
When it is used in this way, 'just' usually goes right before the finite verb -- that is, the verb that agrees with the subject. If the verb is imperative (i.e. lacking a subject), it also goes before the verb.
'just' is used in many different ways. I'd recommend you have a look at the explanation in the Cambridge Dictionary, which outlines the main ones.
Hope this helps!
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team