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Chores

Chores

Date: Oct 15 2010

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives

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It isn’t fun living in a pigsty. But doing chores isn’t much fun either. Unfortunately, there are certain chores, like taking out the trash, that you just can’t ignore forever.

Some people don’t mind doing chores. Simple, repetitive work like folding laundry or washing the dishes can even be surprisingly relaxing. But most of us have that one chore that is our pet peeve, the one task we just hate to do. Hear about Amy and Ella’s favorite and least favorite chores.

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Amy

Amy

Ella

Ella

Amy:  So, I may be moving into a new house soon.

Ella:  Oh? Yes. That sounds good. Are you going to get a maid?

Amy:  No. But I wish that I were going to get a maid, because it’s so nice when you move into a new house and everything is so clean and perfect, and I wish that I were the kind of person who’d always stay on top of my chores and always took out the trash on time and mopped every other day and, you know, vacuumed all the time. But I just…I don’t like doing chores.

Ella:  I mean, there are some I like to do. I like putting my laundry in the washer. But I don’t like to fold it after it comes out in the dryer. I like to just throw them all on my bed and roll around like a dog ‘cause it’s so warm. And then, dishes are fun to do.

Amy:  I do like doing dishes. I also…I like to wash the dishes but I hate putting the dishes away.

Ella:  Yeah. I hate putting them away. It’s tedious. It’s not fun.

Amy:  It is tedious. I guess that’s it, you know, the more tedious chores are the ones that are the least fun to do.

Ella:  Yeah. I haven’t vacuumed in like six months ‘cause I hate it so much.

Amy:  Wow.

 

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Amy loves having a clean house, but she hates doing chores. She wishes she could hire a maid to vacuum, mop the floors, and take out the trash. But maids are a luxury in the U.S. and most people don’t have one.

There are some chores that Ella doesn’t mind doing. She likes putting laundry in the washing machine, but she doesn’t like folding it and putting it away when it’s done. And she likes washing dishes, but she doesn’t like putting clean dishes back in the cabinets. Apparently she isn’t a fan of vacuuming, either, since she hasn’t vacuumed her house in six months.

What are your favorite and least favorite chores? In your country, is it common to have someone else clean your house for you?

 

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keylighty

Macao

What does this sentence mean?”the more tedious chores are the ones that are the least fun to do.”

12:21 PM Jun 02 2014 |

ivroja

ivroja

Colombia

I like wash the dishes and vacuum. I find boring to do laundry. most people have a maid that’s no a luxury in Colombia 

09:44 PM Aug 04 2012 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Oh yeah is pretty common and cheap instead in USA…In fact I hate chores but we have to do it,isn't it? hehe I don't have any favorite chore but our wish is always having a clean house hihihi :P

06:46 PM Nov 30 2010 |

COTTON CANDY

Philippines

It is common to have maid in our country especially busy people.It was pretty fun doing some chores together with listening to a music because it serves as my exercise but its kinda boring to do the laundry.

11:29 PM Oct 23 2010 |

julioces

julioces

Colombia

I like sweeping and mopping listening to music at the same time.

 

04:00 PM Oct 21 2010 |

julioces

julioces

Colombia

yeah, in colombia it´s common to have a maid. what isn´t common is having machines to wash dishes, you have to do it with your hands.

03:58 PM Oct 21 2010 |

Afrah

Afrah

Saudi Arabia

I hate chores ,i just hate doing it ..

my mom does all the work at home …I love my mom …May God keep her and never take her away ..:)

07:24 AM Oct 21 2010 |

zoebaby

zoebaby

China

it's worse when i live alone,it's gonna be pigsty,hehe,but if the house it's small i don't mind doing some chores,like mop and wash clothes,take trash away ect…

but there is another exception,if i share house with someone else,sometimes,i do a lot.cause don't wanna offend others.even those are the thing i don't like to do. 

02:05 AM Oct 20 2010 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

I don't know if it's a luxury here, but I must say i happen to know quite many people who pay someone who cleans their homes. Being honest sometimes I think I need such a person too and almost ready to hire one but the thing is that I hate when others are in my private space which is my home. So far I'm trying to handle all the chores on my own and I'm doing not bad actually. It's not much fun though. At this point I gotta agree with the girls.

Oh, yeah, ironing is the worse chore ever!

01:24 PM Oct 19 2010 |

free4it

free4it

Algeria

i dont mind doing the dishes with my wife! before i did not use to do but it takes a while to get used to, it's fun, because it's dead easy. 

11:08 AM Oct 19 2010 |

dragonwarrior

China

family chores is a burden for the man .   take  me as an example .  i really  like cook the dishes ,but if you ask me to do the chores like washing dishes .  oh god ,it is tedious .  i do not mind vacuuming the house ,cleaning the floor , and folding the laundry is okay .   taking out  the trash , hen ,that is the thing we must do . cause  i  cant  stand that my house is dirty .    washing dishes that is my girlfriend's job . haha …

12:01 PM Oct 18 2010 |

dragonwarrior

China

family chores is a burden for the man .   take  me as an example .  i really  like cook the dishes ,but if you ask me to do the chores like washing dishes .  oh god ,it is tedious .  i do not mind vacuuming the house ,cleaning the floor , and folding the laundry is okay .   taking out  the trash , hen ,that is the thing we must do . cause  i  cant  stand that my house is dirty .    washing dishes that is my girlfriend's job . haha …

12:01 PM Oct 18 2010 |

Necadaina

Necadaina

Philippines

In my country, rich people usually hire househelper to do the housework for them but for many people who can't afford to hire a househelper, they distribute the housework to family members.

I personally like washing clothes and cleaning. But I'm lazy when it comes to ironing clothes.

01:25 AM Oct 18 2010 |

yaling Chen

Canada

i have been doing housework since i was young, so all housework   is done by mtself ;)

12:53 AM Oct 18 2010 |

s id

Saudi Arabia

  •  i love having a clean house .i hate doing chores .but i have to do it every day it`s my daily routine .i never can`t  see house untidy. i like doing tidy  house but i don`t like washing dishes and putting away after dry and also i don`t like mopped the floor.i can`t hire a maid . it`s expensive for me          it`s common in my country to have maid . i wish that i got a maid . 

05:05 PM Oct 17 2010 |

alhgag

alhgag

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

The Tidying  basic of  Life  Make You  Feel comfortable  I Like This Lesson it is very nice   my room sometimes is  untidy .that happen when  i am very busy

01:43 PM Oct 17 2010 |

lolita_lempicka

Yemen

i like to chore my home by my self and i realy enjoy it specialy puting with it some crawdy music i became so active hhhhha but in future i want my hasband be helpful and share me the fun of chore looooool ;)

01:16 PM Oct 17 2010 |

sofati

Mozambique

  1. i'm a housewife and i have to do my houshold alone because it's my duty.i have to clean and cook and make the house very confortable to make sweet atmospher for my hasband

12:31 PM Oct 17 2010 |

lilly_anna

India

yeah, I agree folding dried up clothes & putting the dishes away are most tedious chore. I too hate these chores.

08:14 AM Oct 17 2010 |

shahla Hemen

Iraq

really when you clean your house you fell very fresh and comfortable but when you finish you fell very tiered but what we can do nothing we should to chore

07:57 AM Oct 17 2010 |

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