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English Skills 3B-C Worksheet April 9, 2002
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English Skills 3B-C 
An Idiom Dialogue based on The Globe and Mail April 12, 2002

Directions: Work with your group to change the following dialogue into standard English. Then, choose a group member to read it back to the class to check for any errors. Best group work will be posted on the Internet as an example!

A Surprising Day

Today, my boss gave me a knowing smile when I came in the door of the office. Now, I'm under no illusions about my performance at work the past few months. We've been in the thick of a huge project and I sure cannot play down the importance of meeting deadlines these days. I was worried about what might happen.

However, our company is now leading the pack, my boss said with a smile. He apologized to me for dragging his feet on an important decision. Not only was he going to give me a financial carrot for all of my hard work, but also he said it was time to refresh my batteries.

Instead of being on the chopping block as I had feared, he had given me a spanking new Mercedes Benz! Not only that, but my boss said to set my sights on the horizon because I was going to Hawaii, as well. He said I'd passed my rite of passage and deserved a big reward!

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