In this lesson, you can learn to talk about everyday problems. You’ll hear a story of a bad day, and see different phrases you can use to describe everyday problems.
QUIZ: Everyday Problems
Now try to remember the words and phrases that describe the everyday problems in the lesson.
For questions 1 to 10, you will see a phrase to describe each problem and you need to write one missing word. The problems are in the same order as the lesson, and you will see a picture to help you. You can also click ‘Hint’ to see what sort of word to write and how many letters.
Questions 11 to 16 are a bit harder. They are phrases from the lesson, but in a different order and with no hints or pictures to help.
Questions 17 to 20 are even harder. You will need to write a word not used in the lesson, but related to the situations. There are some hints to help. Good luck!
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Question 1 of 20
I horribly during the night.
Past simple verb, 5 letters
Question 2 of 20
I slept my alarm.
Preposition, 7 letters
Question 3 of 20
I was sitting traffic for an hour.
Preposition, 2 letters
Question 4 of 20
My car down and I had to wait for over an hour at the side of the road.
Past simple verb, 5 letters
Question 5 of 20
At work, I got in a huge with one of my colleagues.
Noun, 8 letters
Question 6 of 20
I was working late, and I coffee all over some important papers.
Past simple verb; there are two possible spellings—a regular spelling with 7 letters or an irregular spelling with 5 letters. (You only need to write one!)
Question 7 of 20
I couldn’t concentrate and I got .
Adjective, 10 letters, starting with ‘f’. (Various words could be used here, but can you remember the word from the lesson? It means that you are a little bit angry or stressed with a situation or with yourself.)
Question 8 of 20
I was out.
Adjective/past participle of verb, 6 letters
Question 9 of 20
When I opened the fridge, I saw that my flatmate had eaten my .
Plural noun, 9 letters, meaning food that you didn’t finish on a previous occasion.
Question 10 of 20
I my phone in the toilet.
Past simple of verb, 7 letters
Question 11 of 20
Write one word to complete the name of the vehicle that rescues your car.
I had to wait for an hour at the side of the road until the truck arrived.
Question 12 of 20
Write one word for a time by which something has to be done.
We have a big coming up, so we’re all under a lot of pressure.
Question 13 of 20
Write one verb for when your alarm clock doesn’t wake you up.
Often, I wake up before my alarm goes off, but this morning I .
Question 14 of 20
Write one word for when a train leaves before you have time to get on it.
I was so late leaving work that I the last train.
Question 15 of 20
Write one word in each gap to complete the expression for when you can’t get to sleep.
I was and all night.
Question 16 of 20
Write one verb to complete the expression which means ‘this is the final—and worst—thing’.
Finally, to it all, my computer crashed and I lost all my work!
Question 17 of 20
The last four questions relate to the situations you saw in the lesson, but the missing words are new. Do you know them? Click ‘Hint’ for a clue.
Write one word for food that is delivered to your house, or that you buy at a fast food restaurant and eat at home.
There was nothing to eat for dinner, and it was too late to buy anything or phone for a .
There are two possible answers, because British and American English use different words. The British answer has 8 letters, the American has 7 – the first 4 letters are the same in both cases. (You only need to write one!)
Question 18 of 20
Write one word to complete the name of the period of time when the roads are busiest, because everyone is going to work.
During the hour, the traffic was awful.
This word has 4 letters and means ‘hurry’ or ‘move quickly’ (even though the opposite happens because everyone is travelling at the same time!)
Question 19 of 20
Write one word for extra hours that you don’t usually work or get paid for.
I had to stay really late to finish everything, even though I don’t get paid .
This word has 8 letters and is made up of two parts, each with 4 letters; ‘extra’ is the meaning of the first part and ‘hours’ is the meaning of the second part.
Question 20 of 20
Write one word for the job title of a person who opens a lock when you don’t have a key.
I couldn’t find my keys, so I had to call a .
The job title has 9 letters. The first 4 letters are the part of the door where you insert a key; the last 5 letters are one of the most common English surnames!
In fact, the surname was originally a word for someone who makes something with their hands.
Still not sure? Think of the lead actor from Men in Black and Fresh Prince of Bel Air …
I slept horribly.
I was tossing and turning all night.
I had insomnia.
I finally got to sleep around five in the morning. But then…
I missed my alarm.
I slept through my alarm.
On the way to work, the traffic was awful.
I was sitting in traffic for an hour.
My car broke down.
I had to wait for an hour for the tow truck, and I was late for work.
At work, I got in a huge argument with one of my colleagues.
We have a big deadline coming up, so we’re all under a lot of pressure.
I was working late, and I spilled coffee all over some important papers.
I had to stay really late to finish everything.
I couldn’t concentrate and I got frustrated.
On the way home, I missed the last train.
I couldn’t find my keys.
I was locked out.
I finally got home, and saw that my flatmate had eaten my leftovers.
There was nothing to eat for dinner, and it was too late to buy anything.
Finally, to cap it all, I dropped my phone in the toilet.
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