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if you must English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Mar 25 2019

Themes: Family, Friend


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“So, I don’t really like it when people give me cute nicknames. I like my real name. But if you must give me a nickname, I prefer the name Dom.”

—Ebaby!’s Dominique, speaking about her dislike of cute nicknames

2. Video - Watch the video before learning the definition.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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used to suggest the best way to do something one does not want to be done; used when people insist on doing a thing

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Lots of people like to give their friends nicknames, but Dominique likes her real name best. She doesn’t really want a nickname, but she knows people will give her one anyway. If they must give her a nickname, she wants them to call her Dom … and only Dom.

When a person says, “If you must …,” it is a sign that they don’t really want you to do something. But they know you want to do it, so they are giving you a suggestion about how to do it. When might you use this expression? Do your friends sometimes do things that bother you?

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1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“If you must play your music, please play it quietly. “

“Make sure you call her before 9 p.m. if you must call her.”

“If you must drive in the snow, please drive carefully.”


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