Make my day!
Compiled by John Millen
'Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better'
Emile Coue (1857-1926) French psychologist
The big day
A day is the 24 hours between one midnight and the next. Here are some useful nouns and phrases that use the little word.
What is ...?
1 an open day
a. a day when shops close early
b. a day when an organisation allows members of the public to visit
a. when the sun sets
b. when the sun rises
3 the big day
a. a day you have been dreading
b. the day when an important even will happen
4 a bad-hair day
a. a lazy day when you do nothing
b. a day when everything goes wrong
5 a red-letter day
a. an important day you will always remember
b. a day when the weather is really bad
Complete these sentences using one of the nouns from the previous exercise.
1 We're having ___________________ at school next week when parents can come and see us in class.
2 I had the worst day possible yesterday. I knew it was going to be ___________________ when my alarm didn't go off and I was late for school.
3 No wonder Ethan is tired, he got out of bed at ___________________ to run the marathon!
4 Have you decided on the date for your wedding yet? When's ___________________?
5 The day I won the singing competition was quite ___________________. All my friends and family were in the audience to support me.
What do these verb phrases mean?
1 to rue the day
a. to look forward to a special day
b. to seriously regret something you have done
2 to name the day
a. to announce the date of your wedding
b. to give your notice in at work
3 to save the day
a. to find lots of bargains on a particular day
b. to do something that stops something bad happening to someone else
4 to call it a day
a. to stop the work you are doing
b. to begin doing a difficult job
5 to make somebody's day
a. to do something that makes someone else very happy
b. to be dishonest with someone
Complete these sentences by choosing the correct verb in brackets.
1 You will (make / rue) the day you lied to me.
2 Why don't you (make / call) Tim's day and say you'll go out with him?
3 We'll (call / name) the day when we've got enough money to put a deposit down on a flat.
4 I'm going to (make / call) it a day and retire at the end of the year.
5 You will (rue / save) the day if you can lend me HK$1,000 until the end of the month.
What do these phrases mean?
1 one of these days
a. in the middle of last week
b. some time in the near future
2 the other day
b. a day in the recent past
3 day in day out
a. happening every day without stopping
b. every day except the weekend
4 in this day and age
a. at the present time
b. some time in the future
5 at the end of the day
a. after all the options have been considered
b. early in the evening
Complete these sentences with one of the phrases from the previous exercise.
1 I saw my old headmaster and his wife at the cinema ___________________. I hadn't seen him for at least three years.
2 ___________________ I intend to tell her exactly what I think of her - she can't go on being so rude to everyone.
3 ___________________ it's up to you to make the decision - there's no point talking about it any more, because only you can decide.
4 ___________________ we should know better than to waste water, which is precious.
5 ___________________ I have to listen to you complaining. Please stop!
The big day: 1. b, 2. b, 3. b, 4. b, 5. a
Which day: 1. an open day, 2. a bad-hair day, 3. daybreak, 4. the big day, 5. a red-letter day
Day verbs: 1. b, 2. a, 3. b, 4. a, 5. a
Which verb: 1. rue, 2. make, 3. name, 4. call, 5. save
Day phrases: 1. b, 2. b, 3. a, 4. a, 5. a
Which phrase: 1. The other day, 2. One of these days, 3. At the end of the day, 4. In this day and age, 5. Day in day out