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Learn the present progressive

Date: Apr 19 2011

Themes: Soap Opera, Work

Grammar: Present Progressive Tense


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What makes you who you are? Is it your job? That’s part of it. But other important parts of your identity are your family, your friends and your hobbies. If you spend too much time on one of those things and ignore the others, you’re likely to get depressed. You’ll start to feel like you have no life.

If someone says “you have no life,” it means they think your life isn’t very interesting or varied. It’s a mean thing to say to someone, but after working long into the night at the office, Marni may need someone to tell her to get a life.

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Mason:  Long day. Phew. Marni, what are you doing here so late?

Marni:  Oh, you know, I’m just trying to get caught up on some reports and things like that.

Mason:  Yeah? That sounds boring.

Marni:  Well, you know, it’s gotta get done and I take my career very seriously.

Mason:  You have hobbies, right?

Marni:  Oh, sure. I have a lot of hobbies.

Mason:  Like what?

Marni:  Oh, I’m on an ice dancing team. Those are my skates there.

Mason:  Oh, with the plant in it?

Marni:  Yeah. Uh-huh.

Mason:  So, when was the last time you did the ice dancing thing?

Marni:  Maybe 2009?

Mason:  Uh-huh.

Marni:  Um, I’m in a book club! And we’re meeting tomorrow, actually.

Mason:  For that book?

Marni:  Yeah!

Mason:  ...that looks totally brand new and unopened.

Marni:  Well…Alright, busted. It is.

Mason:  I know you’re my boss and everything, so I hope you don’t take this the wrong way.

Marni:  OK.

Mason:  But it sounds like you need to get a life. There is more to life than your job, right? I mean last weekend alone, I went BASE jumping, I took a little trip down to Africa to build a house for some under-privileged children…

Marni:  What?

Mason:  ...did a little homebrewing in my garage. Clogging with my troop.

Marni:  Clogging? Maybe you’re right. I might need to get out a little more.

Mason:  I tell you what. Step number one to Marni getting a life: beers. Right now. Let’s go.

Marni:  I don’t know. I gotta get this report done.

Mason:  This is what life is, Marni. It’s calling you. Embrace it.

Marni:  OK. If you’re sure. Let me just finish up one more thing. Give me five minutes.

Mason:  No. No.

Marni:  No?

Mason:  No. Come with me.

Marni:  OK.

Mason:  It’ll be OK.

Marni:  OK. OK, but I should…OK.


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Mason, the office janitor, is cleaning late at night and discovers that Marni is still at the office working. He asks her what she likes to do outside of work.

Marni says that she does ice dancing. But Mason notices that her skates are being used to hold a plant. She says she’s part of a book club, but Mason discovers that she hasn’t read the book for her meeting tomorrow. He thinks that Marni has no life. He tells her all the interesting things he does and suggests that she get a life.

Since she needs to do something fun in order to get a life, Mason wants to take Marni out to get a beer right then. She tries to stay and keep working, but he makes her leave.

Do you know anyone who needs to get a life?



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According to Isllam, we should  take advantage of our youngness before we got old, our health before sickness, our life before our death,

09:55 PM Apr 19 2011 |




 My guess is that Marni`s romantic life  "sucks".  Although  he is young , intelligent, pretty , her lives revolves around the office , working night shifts.  Get a life Marni.     

09:35 PM Apr 19 2011 |

anahid goddess

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Many people needs to get a life But people  needs money more than it . becuse if there are  money so evrybody know  that how  they  get a life ?  Althuogh sometimes there are people that they have money but they dont know how get to life . Im sorry for them . Now e baby is  one things  for our that we get to life  for education, trip ,find friend &.........

You shuld get to life .Have a good time .

08:12 PM Apr 19 2011 |




kokoboko you said: "have a dream, get a life"!

This is really a beautiful sentence and I agree with you in the sense that dreams are important to encourage everyone in doing something with our own life, but I think this is not enough to "get a life".

Aspirations are not the only thing we need to live fully a life, different experiences can enrich ourselves and make fruitful the time we have.

Anyway I found your post really interesting.Smile


08:09 PM Apr 19 2011 |




Nice expression!Cool

07:38 PM Apr 19 2011 |



i need the link of the video plz :)

07:19 PM Apr 19 2011 |



I have no job right now ,no school ,no hobbies just all day at home taking care of my kids soooo i m definately need to get a life :/

06:41 PM Apr 19 2011 |

javier armando


I guess this could be my case  cos I mostly spend my days at home and attempting to collegue during week .I need to do  out of routine things to make my life more interesting.

05:13 PM Apr 19 2011 |

murad ali

murad ali


me too

04:20 PM Apr 19 2011 |



Sure!!! Me!

02:29 PM Apr 19 2011 |




I know lots of people who work so much that they have no time for anything else…and I have to say that sometimes it has happened to me too…but fortunately not for a long period.

Having a life is important, one must be able to organize his/her own life in order to go out with friends, go out for a walk and do whatever s/he wants to do, otherwise one risks to go crazy and waste one's life.


02:16 PM Apr 19 2011 |

misael181Super Member!


I thing this can happen us,!Embarassed

01:24 PM Apr 19 2011 |



If one is used to drink beer, it is ok. But, to start drinking beer in order to have life, it ia wrong. We mut train our bodies for physical exercises. This is good to health and makes us to love life. It is necessary to know what to eat and drink in order also to have a happy life.

10:53 AM Apr 19 2011 |


Viet Nam

Me, sometime I busted how boring my life is and I need to get a new life. Everyday do the same thing, work the same job nothing new. It is really boring.

10:09 AM Apr 19 2011 |



Russian Federation

People who are too addicted to the Internet need to get a life!!! Usually they don`t have enough time to meet their friends, to spend time with their families, to go in for sports and so on…Actually they have no life…

09:29 AM Apr 19 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

I need to get alif too becuase Ihave alot of work

07:26 AM Apr 19 2011 |




Do I know anyone? I am the one who needs to get a life, LOL~

I need a friend like Mason.

04:42 AM Apr 19 2011 |




yeah! I think the people should have time to relaxing and enjoy with the famil…

03:14 AM Apr 19 2011 |

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