He: When are you going to tell me what is wrong? She: It is time we sorted out this problem. I agree. He: Problem? She: It's something Maggie told me. I've been worried since she spoke to me. He: Oh. Maggie has been causing trouble again, has she? Eat up your dinner and then we'll talk. She: Don't talk to me like a child! Maggie just told me something I should know. I want to know if you have been lying. He: Lying? What are you talking about? I'm hungry. I am going to eat up my dinner and then I'll listen to you. She: You will listen to me now! Last month, when I was away for those few days on business, you told me you had eaten in every night except Monday. He: That's right. I ate out with my parents on the Monday night. She: You ate in every night except Monday? He: Yes. While you were away, I ate out once with mum and dad in a restaurant in Central. The rest of the time I ate in alone. Why the sudden interest in where I ate? She: If you ate in every night, why did Maggie see you in a Japanese restaurant in Causeway Bay on Wednesday night? She said you were there with another woman. He: What! She is lying. She is trying to cause trouble again. She: I don't believe you. Oh ... there's the door bell. It will be Maggie. I've asked her to come round to help me sort this out. I want to know the truth. YOUR TURN The young man has a big problem! Did he EAT IN or did he EAT OUT when his girlfriend was away? Is Maggie lying just to cause trouble or is she telling the truth? TO EAT IN - means to eat at home as opposed to somewhere outside your home I ate in every night last month. I can't afford to go to a restaurant. TO EAT OUT - means to eat somewhere outside your home I am tired of eating out. I want a meal at home. TO EAT UP - means to eat all of something and not leave anything Eat up the sandwiches. I can make some more. TASK 1 Put IN, OUT or UP into the gaps. 1. I can't be bothered to cook. Let's eat ...... tonight. 2. Alan ate ....... the cookies mum had made for the party. 3. I want to eat ......tonight. I'm too tired to go looking for a restaurant. 4. Be a good little boy! Eat ...... all your rice. 5. If we had a lot of money, we would eat ......... at the best restaurant in town every night. 6. During the week, we usually eat ...... instead of going out for dinner. 7. Are we eating ........ tonight or do you want to go for a pizza? 8. Eat ..... the oysters. They were very expensive. TASK 2 Can you pair up these sentences so that they make sense together? 1. We've eaten in every night this week. 2. I'm not very hungry. 3. We have eaten out too often this month. 4. Do you want to eat out tonight? 5. Connie has been really greedy. A. She ate everything on the table. B. Let's eat out on Saturday night. C. What about that new seafood restaurant in Pacific Place? D. I can't eat up all we ordered. E. We can't afford to do that every month. Answers Task 1: out/up/in/up/out/in/in/up Task 2: 1B / 2D / 3E / 4C / 5A Young Post's language exercises won't kill you. Thomas and Mandie survived. Mandie Ho, 17 TWGHs Mrs Wu York Yu Memorial College I eat in almost every day. I think the story is average. Many stories have plots like that. In terms of the exercises, Task 2 was easy. I enjoyed the exercise very much. The definitions were nice and clear. Thomas Li, 16 St Joseph's College The story is mysterious. I like it. It made me think about what might happen to the characters afterwards. Also, it made me realise that I eat out a lot and seldom have my dinner at home. The exercises were great. They helped me learn the phrases.