Session 4

Vocabulary: 8 uses of 'right'

Enjoy our version of Emma and her attempts at matchmaking – and learn 8 different ways to use the word 'right'.

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Activity 1

Emma - 4 uses of 'right'

What's the right thing for Emma to do?

The English word right has many meanings and uses. In this session, we bring you BBC Learning English's own version of the story of Emma and her attempts at matchmaking with her friend Harriet – trying to find her a husband. You'll see we've found many ways to use the word right in it. 

To do

As you watch part one of the story, listen out for the different uses of the word right – and decide whether this summary of the story is correct or wrong: Emma tries to set Harriet up with Mr Elton, but he is actually in love with Emma.

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Hello, I'm Mariam. Today I've got a story set in England in the 1800s – it's about a young woman who's not afraid to speak her mind and who discovers that romance is not as simple as seems!

This woman is called Emma – she lives in a small village right in the middle of the English countryside. She's pretty, smart and a strong and independent woman in her own right. When she's not out socialising, she looks after her elderly father. She thinks life is OK but would like a bit more excitement and fun. She enjoys her carefree lifestyle and has vowed never to settle down and get married so instead she decides to make friends with a younger woman called Harriet and help her find a husband.  

So she sets out to make Harriet a 'gentleman's wife' and to teach her about the right type of man to marry. She tells her to set her sights on the town's clergyman, Mr Elton. But it turns out Mr Elton is in love with Emma – or at least her money. So her plan has failed.

Then the handsome Frank Churchill arrives and Emma, herself, starts to fall in love with him. She flirts with him and he does seem to be interested in Emma. But a good friend of hers, Mr Knightley, gives her some advice, telling her that it is not right to behave like that and also that Frank is not to be trusted. She then decides that perhaps Frank could be the perfect man for Harriet.

Well, love can be a tricky thing, especially when someone is trying to control it! Join me again in part two to find out if Emma – and Harriet – finally find true love. See you then.


To do

How was that? The summary was right. Emma's attempts at finding a husband for her friend are not going smoothly!

Have a go at our quiz to check you know the first set of right vocabulary.

Emma - the story so far...

5 Questions

Let's check your understanding of the story - and the words and phrases with right. Decide whether each statement about the story is true or false. Look at the vocabulary box if you need help.

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Want to find out what happens next? Mariam tells part two of the story  – and finds more uses of the word right.

Session Vocabulary

  • right (B1)

    in her own right (C2)
    not relying on anything or anyone else

    right (B1)
    most suitable

    right (B2)
    morally acceptable


    A1 = Beginner
    A2 = Elementary
    B1 = Lower Intermediate
    B2 = Higher Intermediate
    C1 = Towards Advanced
    C2 = Advanced