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If you’ve got ‘that Friday feeling‘ you are ready for the weekend and in the mood for fun and relaxation. This is the kind of thing you could say when you get into work on a Friday morning – it means you are happy because work will soon be finished and it’s time to celebrate the fact that two days of holiday (the weekend) is on the horizon. However, not everybody might share or appreciate your cheery demeanour:
Jeremy: Morning, Carol.
Carol: Morning, Jeremy. What are you so happy about?
Jeremy: It’s Friday! It’s nearly the weekend! I can’t wait. I’m going to a massive party with my mates in Cornwall! What about you, Carol? Have you got anything planned for the weekend?
Carol: Not really. I’ll probably do my ALDI big shop tomorrow.
Jeremy: Oh, cheer up, Carol! It’s Friday!
Carol: So you keep saying. I’ve got to get all these accounts finished by four.
We say ‘It’s just one of those things‘ about a situation that we don’t like but that we can neither explain nor change. It often refers to something trivial, rather than life-or-death serious. We often accompany this sentiment with a slightly confused shrug of the shoulders:
‘Why did the train have to be late? Today of all days! I really needed to get to work on time.’
‘I don’t know. It was just one of those things, I suppose.’
‘Why is our broadband reception so poor?’
‘Don’t ask me. I guess it’s just one of those things.’
‘No! I’m going to change our supplier!’
‘Why does the toilet paper always tend to run out just at the worst possible moment?’
‘I haven’t got a clue. It’s probably just one of those things.’
The English idiom ‘a match made in heaven’ is used to describe a couple who seem absolutely perfect together. They are so suitable for each other that it seems as though their relationship was preordained (arranged in advance) ‘in heaven’.
Olivia: Did you hear that Gerry and Eve have got engaged?
Greta: Yes! Isn’t it cute? I’m so happy for them. They’re so well suited.
Olivia: Yes, they’re such a perfect couple – and on Valentine’s Day too!
Greta: Aah. They’re a match made in heaven, I’d say.
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This week we publish a brand new free printable worksheet that will help students to plan and prepare a spoken presentation where they talk about a favourite or memorable song:
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