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Learn the present progressive

Date: Apr 19 2011

Themes: Soap Opera, Work

Grammar: Present Progressive Tense


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What makes you who you are? Is it your job? That’s part of it. But other important parts of your identity are your family, your friends and your hobbies. If you spend too much time on one of those things and ignore the others, you’re likely to get depressed. You’ll start to feel like you have no life.

If someone says “you have no life,” it means they think your life isn’t very interesting or varied. It’s a mean thing to say to someone, but after working long into the night at the office, Marni may need someone to tell her to get a life.

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Mason:  Long day. Phew. Marni, what are you doing here so late?

Marni:  Oh, you know, I’m just trying to get caught up on some reports and things like that.

Mason:  Yeah? That sounds boring.

Marni:  Well, you know, it’s gotta get done and I take my career very seriously.

Mason:  You have hobbies, right?

Marni:  Oh, sure. I have a lot of hobbies.

Mason:  Like what?

Marni:  Oh, I’m on an ice dancing team. Those are my skates there.

Mason:  Oh, with the plant in it?

Marni:  Yeah. Uh-huh.

Mason:  So, when was the last time you did the ice dancing thing?

Marni:  Maybe 2009?

Mason:  Uh-huh.

Marni:  Um, I’m in a book club! And we’re meeting tomorrow, actually.

Mason:  For that book?

Marni:  Yeah!

Mason:  ...that looks totally brand new and unopened.

Marni:  Well…Alright, busted. It is.

Mason:  I know you’re my boss and everything, so I hope you don’t take this the wrong way.

Marni:  OK.

Mason:  But it sounds like you need to get a life. There is more to life than your job, right? I mean last weekend alone, I went BASE jumping, I took a little trip down to Africa to build a house for some under-privileged children…

Marni:  What?

Mason:  ...did a little homebrewing in my garage. Clogging with my troop.

Marni:  Clogging? Maybe you’re right. I might need to get out a little more.

Mason:  I tell you what. Step number one to Marni getting a life: beers. Right now. Let’s go.

Marni:  I don’t know. I gotta get this report done.

Mason:  This is what life is, Marni. It’s calling you. Embrace it.

Marni:  OK. If you’re sure. Let me just finish up one more thing. Give me five minutes.

Mason:  No. No.

Marni:  No?

Mason:  No. Come with me.

Marni:  OK.

Mason:  It’ll be OK.

Marni:  OK. OK, but I should…OK.


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Mason, the office janitor, is cleaning late at night and discovers that Marni is still at the office working. He asks her what she likes to do outside of work.

Marni says that she does ice dancing. But Mason notices that her skates are being used to hold a plant. She says she’s part of a book club, but Mason discovers that she hasn’t read the book for her meeting tomorrow. He thinks that Marni has no life. He tells her all the interesting things he does and suggests that she get a life.

Since she needs to do something fun in order to get a life, Mason wants to take Marni out to get a beer right then. She tries to stay and keep working, but he makes her leave.

Do you know anyone who needs to get a life?



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Russian Federation

So Mason has  a life and he seem to be very proud of himself. That is good. But if I were Mary ,I  would ask him to leave me alone and to let me finish my work for today. At my previous work I often had to sacrifice my free time and to stay at office till the late evening. It was hard. And i did not like to be  distracted .

04:45 PM Jun 08 2016 |



you dont have a life (the people how using this website).i using this because of my father he is compel my to learn.lol.

02:42 PM Feb 29 2012 |




get a life

10:35 PM Nov 13 2011 |





06:57 PM Sep 29 2011 |

Nicte ha

Nicte ha


lol, well done Mason!!Wink

11:01 PM Aug 28 2011 |

nour hussein


getting a life is the best thing Laughing

04:12 AM Aug 28 2011 |




we should get a life!

03:27 AM Aug 28 2011 |




hey i need to get a life

03:58 AM May 15 2011 |




Yes I know. Many people, for example, my parents. They are always working. If they aren’t working on their jobs they are at home :S I would like if they get a life, I think they neither have “hobbies”.

06:45 PM May 14 2011 |




03:24 AM May 09 2011 |




I need to get a life! My life is only for working, so I have no life. Study English is the way I find to try to get a life.

12:08 AM May 09 2011 |



Viet Nam

I think many people know that they need to get a life. But they can't stop working because of speed of life.This story is a right advice and it is really hard to live that we can enjoy all value of our life :D 

03:54 AM May 01 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

I think  all   things  that    make  people  worring  about it  its  easy  and nothingt compared to otherthings

11:27 AM Apr 28 2011 |



hi everyone

 Do you know anyone who needs to get a life?

the answer is me!

now i'm very unhappy with my job.

It's absolutely boring.

I want to get a life but u know sometime life is so hard… 

04:51 AM Apr 23 2011 |




Hi.. Whr r u? Now

05:04 AM Apr 21 2011 |

Sandra Angie


we need to get a life, because the work is heavy and seriusly, but I think we could made time for distractions and living the life

01:27 AM Apr 21 2011 |




so, I think that "get a life" means like to enjoy everymoment because, the life is not counted in how many times we breathe, but,how many times we lost our breathe!! YEAH LIVE YOUR LIFE!!!

02:02 AM Apr 20 2011 |



another way

11:48 PM Apr 19 2011 |




Yeah, I know someone who needs to get a life. I'm talking about myself, but sometimes there are no options. However, right now can be said that I should rather find a refrigerator to stay in. Good lesson!

10:17 PM Apr 19 2011 |




Oh, oh my God, I'm experiencing it now that I attend university: you got to study a looooooooooot and you have such a short time to do anything else. I guess it will be even harder when I get a job ( if I manage to get it! ahahahaha).

09:59 PM Apr 19 2011 |

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