Informal to formal English/Beszélt nyelvi és hivatalos kifejezések

This text includes informal words and expressions. Can you change the text from informal to formal English?

There is a list of words below.


At the moment I am so 1. broke that I have had to move out of my flat. I am £ 4,500

2. in the red and I had to find a way of 3. getting the bank manager off my back. Still,

4. looking on the bright side, at least I do not have to 5. fork out much for the rent now

because a 6. mate of mine is letting me stay at his 7. place until things start to 8. look up.

The only thing is, he and his girlfriend are 9. going through a bad patch and their arguments

are driving me 10. round the bend. The last one was about where they should go on holiday.

Ron is a bit of 11. a doormat and 12. at the end of the day Jane always 13. gets her own

way. So, what is the point of him 14. digging his heels in about where to go on holiday. I am

probably making the atmosphere worse by 15. playing gooseberry, which must 16. be hard

on them. I think I should 17. get my act together and find a job.


a, overdrawn                                            j, stopping sb annoying me

b, mad                                                      k, the most important thing is

c, poor                                                     l, refusing to change his mind

 d, a weak person                                    m, gets what she wants

e, improve                                               n, organise myself properly

f, house                                                   o, being there when the couple want to be alone

g, taking an optimistic view                    p, make things difficult for

 h, having problems                                q, friend

 i, pay


Megoldás:/Solution: 1. – c, 2. – a, 3. – j, 4. – g, 5. – i, 6. – q, 7. – f, 8. – e, 9. – h,

10. – b, 11. – d, 12. – k, 13. – m, 14. – l, 15. – o, 16. – p, 17. – n



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