Monday, 24 October 2011

Objective Proficiency p 24. Guess What! Extra Speaking

Tell us something surprising or shocking that has happened to you or to someone else.

Scaffolding /ˈskæfəldɪŋ/:

You can use these words and expressions
Moreover...
Furthermore... 
In addition to this...
What's more / What is more... 
What's more / What is more: moreover. E.g. He came home after midnight, and what’s more, he was drunk.
If this were not enough…
On top of all this…
On top of everything else...
To make matters worse...
To make matters worse: used to say that something makes a situation more difficult, unpleasant, etc. Sp. para colmo. E.g. To make matters worse, our car broke down!

And there's still more...
And not only this,...
Not only did I/he..., but I/ he also...
And then, to add insult to injury...
to add insult to injury: to make a bad situation worse. Sp. Por si fuera poco. E.g. Not only was the service slow, but to add insult to injury, the food was cold when it arrived.
to rub salt in/into the wound​...
rub salt in/into the wound/ rub salt into somebody’s wounds: to make a difficult situation even worse for someone. E.g. Losing was bad enough. Watching them receiving the trophy just rubbed salt into the wound. To rub salt into the wound, he also lost his mobile phone. 
Finally, to add fuel to the fire...​
add fuel to the fire (also add fuel to the flames) to make an argument or bad situation worse. E.g. The discovery that the government was aware of the cover-up has really added fuel to the fire.
The last/final straw

the last/final straw, the straw that breaks the camel’s back
the last in a series of bad events, etc. that makes it impossible for you to accept a situation any longer. E.g. The last straw was when the company fired most of the managers.



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