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Practice the Zero Conditional

Date: Nov 25 2011

Themes: Food, Party

Grammar: Zero Conditional


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Hosting parties is fun, but it can also be a lot of work, especially if your guests expect a meal. Turning your party into a potluck is one way to save yourself a little trouble.

At potlucks, each guest brings a dish to share with everybody. That way, there is plenty of food and a lot of different options for everyone at the party to enjoy.

But if you decide to host a potluck, you might want to give your guests some guidelines about what to bring. Otherwise, you could end up with nothing but dessert, or a bunch of different versions of the same boring casserole.

Hear Devan and Jeff share some food for thought about potlucks.



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Jeff:  Hey Devan. Just curious, ‘cause I was just at one this weekend. Do you like potlucks?

Devan:  Sometimes. I mean, I’m a vegetarian, so usually potlucks have all these like, meaty lasagnas and meaty casseroles, and somebody makes chicken. So I’m usually stuck eating the macaroni salad that nobody really wants to eat.

Jeff:  So do you bring your own stuff? Like do you have a special dish that other vegetarians would be into?

Devan:  Yeah, I like to make mashed potatoes or different squash dishes. I always try to contribute something that everyone can eat. What about you? Do you like to have potlucks?

Jeff:  They’re OK. Sometimes, you know, I’ll go to them. But the advantage is if you’re the one who throws the potluck, you don’t have to do all the cooking. So you can still host the party without doing all of the work.

Devan:  That’s true. And the more people you invite, then the more food you get for free, if you think about it that way.

Jeff:  Yeah, more leftovers.


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Devan is a vegetarian, so she doesn’t always like going to potlucks because sometimes she can’t find anything to eat. She says that she always tries to bring a dish that anyone at the potluck could enjoy.

Jeff doesn’t often go to potlucks, but he likes to host them. He thinks potlucks are easy to host, because you don’t have to make much food yourself. Your guests all contribute to the meal. If you invite enough guests, you might even end up with some tasty leftovers.

Have you ever been to a potluck? Do you like to host potlucks? If you were going to a potluck, what dish would you bring?



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I haven’t . On my country we don’t have this type of calture. However, I think it is wonderful and I would like to make the best dish say like Italian Pasta.

12:12 PM Nov 25 2011 |



I never head the word before.

12:00 PM Nov 25 2011 |



İ havent been to potluck before, nor heard the word potluck. But, it seems to be the cheapest way of hosting friends.

11:52 AM Nov 25 2011 |

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like u said above,really funning for hosting a potluck,for that way ,you can organize some of your friend in special place ,sure,can choice your home,cause everbody take the different come to you ,so your friend have many choice when eatting,i like hosting some activity with my friends,expecial in special day when we need not study and work,i will invite some of my friends together to do barbecue,normally we take some meet ,beef and some vegetables and clime the mountain to reach the top,then we will get some fire on the top of mountain for barbecue,really intereting ,do u have such experience with your friends? if yes, just sharing with us.

11:13 AM Nov 25 2011 |



Viet Nam

I am seeing a vase of yellow narcissus in the party table

09:34 AM Nov 25 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

it seems intresting ,althoug , i did not try it before^^

08:16 AM Nov 25 2011 |




Potluck sounds interesting, but I haven’t gone to potluck before, I am thinking to host potluck,gathering with my classmates maybe, this gonna be cool!

08:04 AM Nov 25 2011 |



before we had potluck but now we didn’t because my brother cook for us when we are having a small gathering.

05:09 AM Nov 25 2011 |



Sri Lanka

Food is the reason for all problems…

04:26 AM Nov 25 2011 |



This is the first time to learn the word—“potluck”. It sounds good. All people who go to a potluck can eat kinds of dishes. If I was going to a potluck, I would bring Scrambled egg with tomato.  

03:04 AM Nov 25 2011 |

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It is a fresh thing for me , I didn’t know potluch before ,and it looking interesting,But it is not appropriate for China maybe.

02:29 AM Nov 25 2011 |




that must be very fun…

02:16 AM Nov 25 2011 |




contribution of food for a party

01:46 AM Nov 25 2011 |




In a time when food prices are soaring everywhere , throwing  a party  to entertain  your guests  is costly  ,an option is to invite them  to your house  and inform that is a potluck party. usually, guests  ask to the  host what type of food  they might  bring  to the party.  

03:50 PM Nov 24 2011 |

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