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Excuses, Excuses!

Typical excuses for not going to work.

1 Pre-reading

Look at the pictures. Why do you think the person can’t go to work? Discuss your ideas with a partner.

2 Reading I

Think of three excuses for not going to work. Discuss your ideas. Then, read the article. Are your ideas mentioned?

3 Reading II

Read the article again. Then, make an excuse for each idea (1 to 7).

1. Pet dog - My pet dog is feeling depressed.

2. Car

3. Passport

4. Keys

5. Backache

6. Migraine

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The latest issue of Hot English (201) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: 14 jokes to improve your listening skills and teach you lots of useful words. Plus, 8 useful words and expressions for talking about the bathroom, 10 useful words for driving in the road, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Jokes – jokes in English. • Functional language – making conversation • Grammar – must / should • Work – poor excuses. • Business – supermarkets. • Architecture – famous castles. • Culture – how British are you? • Cinema – True Grit. • History – Native Americans. • Psychology – mind control. • Sport – sponsorship. • Cuisine – easy curry. • Cars – the Mini. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!