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Session 49

One of Brazil's star players, Neymar, has admitted that at times he did indeed 'exaggerate' his reactions to being fouled at the 2018 World Cup.

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    Activity 1

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News Review

Neymar admits exaggerating

One of Brazil's star players – Neymar – was criticised by many during the World Cup because he seemed to react very dramatically after being fouled. Now he's admitted that at times he did indeed 'exaggerate' his reactions. He also defended himself by saying that he suffered a lot on the pitch – meaning he got fouled a lot. Neil and Catherine discuss the key language from this story.

Language challenge

The past of dive is:

a) dived
b) dove
c) both

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The story

The Brazilian football star Neymar has admitted exaggerating his reactions to being fouled during the World Cup in Russia.

In a sponsor's advertisement broadcast on Brazilian television, Neymar responded to criticism of his conduct by saying he did exaggerate sometimes but he had suffered on the pitch.

Key words and phrases

pretending something is real

• Faking illness to miss an exam can get you in serious trouble.
• He was sent to prison for faking banknotes.

the act of admitting you did something wrong

• His murder confession led to a short trial.
• Rob's confession to biscuit theft came as no surprise to anyone.

come back to haunt (someone)
return as a problem for a long time

• That photo from the Christmas party has come back to haunt Carlos.
• Don't say anything on social media that might come back to haunt you.

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Language challenge - answer

c) both. Dived is more common in British English; dove is more widely used in the United States and Canada.


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