Stronger Complaints & Regrets
Lesson Plan Text
I wish/ If only Make it stronger game
Choose one of the situations below and take turns expressing regret about those things
(without contradicting each other) until you run out of ideas, then switch to another. The
last person to come up with an idea each time is the winner of that round.
A holiday you are on together
A holiday you took together
The company you both/all work for
Your (shared) childhoods
Politics in your country
The school or university you both went to
What language can you use to make those complaints or regrets stronger?
Compare with the list under the fold below.
Suggested language for making complaints and regrets stronger
If only you (wouldn’t)…
I do/ really/ really really wish you (wouldn't) ...
All the time/ Non-stop
It drives me nuts/ spare/ crazy
It ruins/ ruined…
It’s a waste of time/ money/ energy/…
It’s annoying/ infuriating/ pointless
There’s (absolutely) no reason/ excuse/ justification for it.
Pack it in
If it doesn’t stop I’ll…
Choose one of the situations below and exchange complaints about each others’ present
or past behaviour and attitudes. When you have both run out of ideas, choose the
complaint that was strongest.
You both snore and sleep in the same room
You set up a business together that went bankrupt
You are trying to cook something together
You are decorating the house together
You are next to each other on an overnight plane
The team you were both in last season came bottom of the league you played in
You took a speaking exam (e.g. FCE, CAE or CPE) together and failed it
Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011