1. What happened?
Eric finds his elderlyälterelderly neighbour, Maggie, lying on the pavement (UK)Bürgersteigpavement outside her house.
Eric: Maggie, are you all right? What happened?
Maggie: I slipped on the ice. I just wanted to pop to the shop and get some milk for my tea.
Eric: And I was just on my way round to put some gritSplitt, Streusandgrit on the pavement. Have you hurt yourself? Do you think you can get up? Let me help you.
Maggie: (to groanstöhnengroans) Oh, my side hurts.
Eric: OK, don’t move. I think we should call for an ambulance. Here, take my coat — it’ll keep you warm. Don’t worry, I’ll stay with you.
Maggie: I’m sorry, Eric. You probably need to get to work.
I don’t want to put you to any trouble.
Eric: Now, don’t you worry about that. I’ve got a day off today.
- If you pop (UK ifml.) somewhere, you go there.
- If someone is on their way round (UK), they are going to visit a person or place that is nearby.
- You get up after sitting or lying.
- You can say I don’t want to put you to any trouble if you feel embarrassedverlegenembarrassed that you have put someone out or created work for him or her.
- A day on which you don’t have to do something, such as work, is a day off.
2. Happy to help
Maggie’s daughter, Jean, calls Eric.
Jean: Hello, Eric? This is Jean.
Eric: Oh, hello, Jean. How’s your mum?
Jean: She’s fine now, thanks. Nothing’s broken, thank goodness. But her ribRipperibs are quite badly bruisedgeprelltbruised on one side.
Eric: Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Will she have to stay in hospital?
Jean: They’re going to keep her in tonight for observation, but
they’ll let her out tomorrow. I’m going to take her to stay with me for a few days until she feels stronger.
Eric: Yes, that’s probably for the best. We can take care of the cat.
Jean: Oh, I’d forgotten all about the cat. Would you mind?
Eric: Not at all — we’re happy to help.
Jean: And Eric, thanks again for helping my mum this morning.
- I’m sorry to hear that is another way of expressing sympathy.
- When a hospital keeps someone in for observation, doctors want to make sure the patient is healthy before
- For the best is used to say that, although something appears bad now, it will be good in the end.
- Would you mind (+ -ing)? is used to ask whether someone would be willing to do something for you.
- Not at all is a good response to a question beginning with “Would you mind...?”
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