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Date: Aug 06 2013

Themes: Soap Opera

Grammar: Modal Verbs


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One of the funny things about buying clothes online is that you don’t get a chance to see if the clothing fits you. Unlike shopping at a store, there’s no fitting room. You just have to make a good guess and hope that it works out. Usually, it does, but sometimes you end up with shoes that are too big, or a pair of pants that are just too small. When that happens, you might wish that you had been able to try the clothing on for size before you bought it.

To try something on for size doesn’t just apply to clothes. It doesn’t even just apply to size. It means to try something out before you commit to it. So, for example, if you’re thinking about moving to a new town, you might take a vacation there for a week to try it on for size and see if you like it. Or if you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, you might give yourself a fake tattoo first, just to try it on for size and see if you like having a drawing on your skin.

Greta’s trying something on for size, but Mason doesn’t know that she hasn’t committed to it yet. Find out what she’s trying on in this English lesson.




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Greta:  Mason, why are you staring at me like that? It’s creepy.

Mason:  I wasn’t staring.

Greta:  You were staring.

Mason:  Alright, I was staring. OK, maybe, I know it’s not really my place, but don’t you think you and Jeff are moving a little fast?

Greta:  What are you talking about?

Mason:  You know, it’s just that you guys have only been dating for a couple of weeks.

Greta:  I need you to give me a little bit more here.

Mason:  Well, maybe it’s just my jealousy coming out, because Amanda and I have been married for awhile, and we’re kinda of putting it off. And you and Jeff, just a few weeks, already with the-

Greta:  You think this is Jeff’s baby? Oh my god, that’s hilarious! We’ve only been dating for a couple of weeks! If you could even call it dating.

Mason:  Wait. So, it’s not Jeff’s baby.

Greta:  Wait. You really think I’m pregnant?

Mason:  Yeah. You are. Look at-

Greta:  Oh wow, of course, you weren’t at the meeting when I told everybody. I’m not pregnant.

Mason:   Really?

Greta:  Yeah, I have a role coming up where I play a pregnant woman, and I thought I’d try it on for size by wearing a full-on pregnancy suit.

Mason:  Oh! It looks so real.

Greta:  I just thought I should try to get into character, you know? And see what it would be like to really be this big.

Mason:  OK, so, it’s just like a pillow thing that you kind of wrap around you, and it just looks… Yeah, I can see that. Good idea.

Greta:  Thanks!

Mason:  Is Jeff going to pretend to be a baby daddy, too? Is he going to try it on for size?

Greta:  Oh my god, I hope not! That would be moving way too fast.

Mason:  That’s what I said!


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Mason keeps looking at Greta. In fact, he’s staring, and it’s making Greta feel weird. It turns out that Mason is staring at Greta because he thinks she’s pregnant. He’s worried that she and Jeff are having a baby so early in their relationship.

Of course, Greta’s not really pregnant, especially not with Jeff’s baby. She’s playing the role of a pregnant woman in an upcoming movie, so she’s wearing a pregnancy costume to see how it feels. Mason can’t believe how real it looks.

And Greta assures Mason that Jeff is not part of the pregnancy act. It’s much too early in their relationship for that!

Did you think that Greta was really pregnant? Do you think it’s a good idea for an actor to learn about his or her character by trying something on for size?



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Viet Nam

everything you see, it’s not true…you can to try it on for size before decide

07:36 PM Aug 26 2013 |


Syrian Arab Republic


11:39 AM Aug 16 2013 |




It is a good idea to try something on for size to see if you are getting into the character.You cannot say no to multiple experience in life.It is hilarious,exciting and meaningful.

life is a big theater,everyone plays.we often talks on this,but oneone believe the point.please play the role in life instead of yourself.

03:31 AM Aug 10 2013 |

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I think pregnant is serious,I can’t image if peopen what to day after they know you haven’t pregnant.

09:55 AM Aug 08 2013 |



United States

I enjoy shopping online, because i know my size and i never get confused actually.

06:35 AM Aug 07 2013 |

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Yes, I think an actor should try the character on for size. An actor has to get inside the role to play it well! For example, I once read about a well known actor that played the role of a mean and cruel character. He played it so well that people treated him harshly recognizing him not as the actor but as the character. He commented, “This is the best recognition I’ve ever got!”

11:31 PM Aug 06 2013 |



Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

When i travelled for DRC, I’d have try the town on for size, but I didn’t do it !!!

07:17 PM Aug 06 2013 |



Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

I can’t buy sthg from internet, because I can’t know if it fits me

05:47 PM Aug 06 2013 |

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Nicte ha

Nicte ha


lol,  I thought Greta was pregnant, it looks so real :p

05:43 PM Aug 06 2013 |

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Yes, I did. It looks like realistic for me. I do think that is extremely necessary, mainly for actors. They have to rehearse and trying it on for size a lot before their performance.

03:55 PM Aug 06 2013 |

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ha-ha. It is first story were girl try be pregnant  on for size. 

We have many films where girls deceive husbands or boyfriends. But trying it for yousels. Cool

08:58 AM Aug 06 2013 |



jajajaja is too funny lesson, I laughed a lot

03:52 AM Aug 06 2013 |


Viet Nam

too funny lesson! I love it! 

Being pregnant, oh, sometimes it gives you a good feeling about your upcoming baby; but most of the time you always worry about how your baby looks, how you can deal with the taking care of this little one, how your job is going on, etc… it’s creepy thinking.

02:42 AM Aug 06 2013 |

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