Make my day!

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2012, 12:00am


'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

2 daybreak

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

Which day?

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.

Day verbs

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

Which verb?

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.

Day phrases

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

a. tomorrow

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

Which phrase?

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