The 64 million dollar question
Thanks for your posting. You've really given us food for thought with your jackpot question.
I think most of us would agree with you, your wife and your running chums that a nice house, a long holiday and living the life of Reilly would suit us all just fine!
I must admit I have a slightly different reaction to the question 'What would you do if you won the lottery?' but that's because I spent so many years as an English language teacher. You see there's a particular part of English grammar which most EFL teachers spend a long time teaching – it's called 'the conditional'. There are lots of different types of conditionals but the one I'm talking about here is called 'the second conditional'. We use to talk about things that are unlikely (but possible) to happen and to talk about what we would do if that unlikely thing actually happened. So from a teaching point of view, talking about wining the lottery is a perfect way to get students to practise that particular conditional.
You make the second conditional with:
If + subject + past simple, subject + would + base verb
If I won the jackpot, I would buy a big house.
If he won the lottery, he'd go on a round-the-world cruise
If we won all that money, we would invest it.
Here are some other classic EFL second conditional questions. What are your answers to these ones Enrico?
What would you do if you met someone famous?
If you ruled the world, what new laws would you introduce?
If you saw a snake / a spider/ a rat / an animal you were afraid of, what would you do?
I though we'd look at a few sayings or proverbs that you mentioned in your blog. Before we do though I should point out that when we introduce a saying or proverb we often say something like this:
As they say
As the (old) saying goes
It is said
Although I completely understood what you meant here:
Money don’t give you happiness but it calm your nerves
you could make it sound more natural in English by saying:
As the saying goes, money can't buy you happiness
We don't really have an equivalent to the second half of your saying but Callum, in the Learning English office, suggested:
As they say, money can't buy you happiness but it can make your misery comfortable
I'm not sure I really understand what your second proverb was:
Your attention by money and phisical pains are the same , you keeps care of both of them
I thought perhaps you meant:
Money is like an injury, you have to look after it.
Is that right? Let us know.
And finally, I know you've stopped blogging about running but I was thinking of you at the weekend and I dug out a couple of old marathon pictures. Here I am crossing the finishing line in Dublin
And here's me at the end of the Medoc marathon (with my medal round my neck) . That one was through the vineyards of Bordeaux and each vineyard we ran through offered us runners a small glass of wine to enjoy. When you finished the marathon you got a lovely bottle of French wine too. So the sign in this photo says 'The longest marathon in the world' – it wasn't any longer in length than any other marathon, it's just that after you drink all that wine, it seems like the longest marathon in the world! The most enjoyable for sure, but the longest too!
food for thought – serious ideas or topics for us to think about
chums - (informal) friends
living the life of Reilly – having a very easy life without any difficult things to do
suit us all just fine – be perfect for each of us
EFL – (short for) English as a foreign language
sayings (or proverbs) - well-known and wise statements, which often have a meaning that is different from the simple meanings of the words they contain
dug out - found something, after looking for it for a long time
vineyards – fields where grapes are grown to make wine
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