Stronger Complaints & Regrets


Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: General
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 9th Dec 2011

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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

The weather

This city

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 © 2011

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