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Session 4

Thomas, it's packing… I'll send him packing… Not packaged. You're not putting him in a box or parcel!

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Activity 2

Thomas, it's packing… I'll send him packing…

To do

We don't want you to make the same mistake as Thomas Swann... so let's look at the meaning and form of I'll send him packing. Listen to this extract from the animation to help you remember what the narrator said, and then do the quiz to check you understood.

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Narrator
Shakespeare’s phrase I'll send him packing has the same meaning today: I really don't want this person around me, so I'll send them away. It's also used in sport, to talk about beating an opponent. Take Gwyn Jones, former captain of the Welsh rugby team, who said before a match:

Clip 1
This is our chance to do it and we should send them packing with their tails between their legs.

Clip 2
I've no patience when people try to sell me things at the door. I usually send them packing.

Now have a go at this quiz. Look at the transcript if you need extra help.

You can do it!

6 Questions

Complete the sentences about I'll send him packing. The first 3 are about its meaning and the last 3 will help you with the form.

Congratulations you completed the Quiz
Excellent! Great job! Bad luck! You scored:
x / y

How did you do?
4-6 correct - well done - you are now ready to send someone packing!
0-3 correct - don't go away! Have a look at the vocabulary box and try again.

Language note

The phrase I'll send him packing can be formed in various ways:

We can change the subject pronoun:

  • We'll send him packing 

We can change the object pronoun:

  • I'll send them packing

We can change the subject AND the object pronouns:

  • He'll send her packing

We can also change the tense:

  • He sent us packing

Next

Ever wondered how to get rid of somone who's annoying you? Learn how to send them packing in style with the great phrases you'll learn on the next page! You don't want to miss it...

Session Vocabulary

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    I'll send him packing

    Meaning
    The phrase I'll send him packing was in common use in Shakespeare's day. It means the same today as it did back then: I really don't want this person around me, so I'll send them away.  

    Example sentence
    I've no patience when people try to sell me things at the door. I usually send them packing.

    Note
    It's also used in sport, to talk about beating an opponent.

    Example sentence
    This is our chance to do it and we should send them packing with their tails between their legs.

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    Extra vocabulary

    rehearse
    practise a play or piece of music for later public performance.

    Ways to say: 'send someone packing'

    get rid of someone
    show someone the door 
    send someone on their way

    Ways to say: 'go away':

    get out of my sight!
    get lost!
    sling your hook!
    on your bike!
    jog on!
    do one!

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    Shakespeare Speaks is a co-production between:

    BBC Learning English

    The Open University

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