Questions About the Weather
People commonly ask about the weather by saying:
What’s it like out(side)?
How’s the weather?
What’s the weather like?
What’s the temperature?
What’s the weather forecast?
What’s the forecast for today/tomorrow/this week?
- Backseat driver: a passenger who critiques or criticizes your driving
- Sunday driver: one who drives slowly and makes unexpected maneuvers
- Greasy spoon: usually applied to restaurants – especially diners – serving cheap fried or grilled foods
- Pit stop: to stop for gas, snacks, beverages, restrooms, etc.
- Red-eye flight: any flight departing late at night
- One for the road: having one more of something (especially a drink) before departing
- Live out of a suitcase: to continuously travel from place to place
- Hit the road: to begin traveling
- Pedal to the metal: to accelerate or speed up
- Off the beaten path/track: something that is out of the mainstream, rarely frequented or known
- Fleabag motel/roach motel: shabby, low-priced accommodations
- Running on fumes: driving with very little gasoline in the tank
Personal Point of View
We use these words and phrases to express a personal point of view:
- In my experience…
- As far as I’m concerned…
- Speaking for myself…
- In my opinion…
- Personally, I think…
- I’d say that…
- I’d suggest that…
- I’d like to point out that…
- I believe that…
- What I mean is…
General Point of View
We use these words and phrases to express a point of view that is generally thought by people:
- It is thought that…
- Some people say that…
- It is considered…
- It is generally accepted that…
Agreeing with an opinion
We use these words and phrases to agree with someone else’s point of view:
- Of course.
- You’re absolutely right.
- Yes, I agree.
- I think so too.
- That’s a good point.
- I don’t think so either.
- So do I.
- I’d go along with that.
- That’s true.
- Neither do I.
- I agree with you entirely.
- That’s just what I was thinking.
- I couldn’t agree more.
Disagreeing with an opinion
We use these words and phrases to disagree with someone else’s point of view:
- That’s different.
- I don’t agree with you.
- That’s not entirely true.
- On the contrary…
- I’m sorry to disagree with you, but…
- Yes, but don’t you think…
- That’s not the same thing at all.
- I’m afraid I have to disagree.
- I’m not so sure about that.
- I must take issue with you on that.
- It’s unjustifiable to say that…
- Cooked to perfection – food that is cooked to a very high standard
This steak looks delicious. It was cooked to perfection.
- Cook up a storm – to cook an amazing meal(s) and usually a large quantity of it
My grandmother was a great cook. She used to cook up a storm every time we visited her.
- Eat like a horse – to eat a very large quantity
I have to cook every day. My son eats like a horse.
- Smart cookie – intelligent
My daughter is the best student in her class. She is a smart cookie.
- A piece of cake – very easy
This test is a piece of cake. I’ll finish in 5 minutes.
- Bring home the bacon – earn money to feed the family
David pays all the bills. I’m sure he is the one who brings home the bacon.
Asking for Advice
- What do you think I should do (about…)?
- What should I do (about…)?
- What would you do (about…)?
- What would you suggest (I do) (I should do about…)?
- Can/Could you give me some advice (about…)?
- I think you should …
- Why don’t you …?
- If I were you, I would …
- Maybe you should …
- I suggest you …
- How about (verb+ing….)?
- You might try (verb+ing…)
- I would advise you to …
- My advice would be to …
- It might be a good idea to …
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- What do you call a coffee with 2 creams and 2 sugars at Tim Hortons?
a. Double double
b. Cafe Au Lait
c. Dubs cream and sugar
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- What is a beaver tail?
a. A delicious treat
b. Part of a hockey stick
c. The end of a boat oar
d. A dead animal’s tail
- If you went to the store to buy a 2’6 and a mickey, what would you be buying?
c. Cleaning supplies
- How do you say ‘sofa’ in Canadian?
- What is a Chinook?
a. A species of prairie rabbit
b. A sect of tribal Eskimos residing in the Arctic Circle
c. A warming wind from the ocean into the interior regions
d. A person who loves to ski and snowboard
- What’s a Toboggan?
a. A Sled
b. A machine for cleaning a hockey rink
- “eh?” – As in, “We should get some dinner, eh?”
a. don’t you agree?
b. are you sure?
c. why not?
- “pop” – as in, “I would like a pop.”
c. bubble gum
- “queue” – As in, “The queue is really long.”
- “poutine” – As in, “Man, I could really go for some poutine.”
a. French Fries, Gravy and Cheese Curds
b. Hot Dog with Bacon Bits and Cheese Sauce
c. A pizza with French fries on it
- “toque” – As in, “Don’t forget to put on your toque.”
a. winter hat
- “Canuck” – As in, “I am a Canuck.”
a. Fan of the Vancouver Canucks
b. Fan of Canada
1. Read the following adjectives for emotions and identify which words describe a positive, neutral or negative feeling. Some words may fit into more than one category.
- The list above contains adjectives to describe emotions. Where possible, change them into nouns.
- Choose five of the emotions from the list above. For each emotion, describe a situation you have experienced that made you feel this way.
- Simple Present ►Expresses an action or condition that regularly or usually exists. It exists now, has existed in the past, and will probably exist in the future.
I work all week.
Steven does his homework every day.
- Simple Past ►Expresses an action or condition that began and ended in the past.
I worked last night.
Steven did his homework yesterday.
- Simple Future ►Expresses an action or condition that will happen some time after the present moment.
I will work hard tomorrow.
I am going to work hard tomorrow.
Steven will do his homework.
Steven is going to do his homework.
PROGRESSIVE / CONTINUOUS
- Present Progressive/Continuous ►Expresses an action or condition that is in progress or that is taking place at the moment of speaking.
I am working on the project.
Steven is doing his homework now.
- Past Progressive/Continuous ►Expresses an action or condition that began, continued for a period of time, and ended in the past.
I was working all night.
Steven was doing his homework when I called.
- Future Progressive/Continuous ►Expresses an action or condition that will begin some time in the future and will continue for a period of time.
I will be working next week.
Steven will be doing his homework during lunch break tomorrow.
- Present Perfect ►Expresses an action or condition that occurred at some unspecified time in the (recent) past and persists in the present.
I have worked hard all my life.
Steven has done his homework.
- Past Perfect ►Expresses an action or condition that was completed in the (distant) past, or one that occurred before another event took place.
I had worked for this company before.
Steven had done his homework before he left.
- Future Perfect ►Expresses an action or condition that will be completed in the future before another future event occurs.
I will have finished my work by the time you get home.
Steven will have done his homework for hours before he goes to bed.
PERFECT PROGRESSIVE / CONTINUOUS
- Present Perfect Progressive/Continuous ►Expresses an action or condition that began in the past and has continued up to the present moment.
I have been working for many years.
Steven has been doing his homework for hours.
- Past Perfect Progressive/Continuous ►Expresses an action or condition that happened over a period of time in the past, or that was in progress until another event occurred.
I had been working hard on the project.
Steven had been doing his homework until you arrived.
- Future Perfect Progressive/Continuous ►Expresses an action or condition that will be in progress before or until another event in the future occurs.
I will have been working here for 12 years this summer.
Steven will have been doing his homework for hours before he goes to bed.