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Planning a Party
Planning a Party

Learn the Zero Conditional

Date: Nov 04 2011

Themes: Party

Grammar: Zero Conditional


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A lot of different elements go into the perfect party. Not all of them are things you can control. If two of your guests get in a fight, or someone happens to choke on a potato chip, no amount of careful planning will help. Still, there are a lot of things you can control when you decide to throw a party.

Choosing who to invite is just the beginning. Next you have to choose what kind of music, food, and drinks to have. You might even want to give your party a theme, or move your furniture around to make it easier for people to mingle or dance. It all depends on how much of a planner you are. Find out how much party planning Marni and Jason like to do.



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Marni:  When you like to have a party at your house, do you do a lot of planning? Are you a planner?

Jason:  I am not a big planner. I mean, my parties are kind of thrown together and just sort of go with the flow. I like to just sort of see where the party goes. If it turns into a rager, great, that’s welcome. But if it ends up being a more low-key affair, that’s OK too. It sort of depends on what the guests bring in terms of energy and alcohol.

Marni:  Those two go together really well.

Jason:  Yeah.

Marni:  Yeah, I have noticed as I’m getting older that I’m much more of a planner. And I have done a lot of catering in my past, so I think that might have something to do with it. You know, I’m just constantly kind of getting in there and moving things around and making sure that things look good, and constantly clearing away beer bottles and things like that.

Jason:  OK. Oh, so you’re cleaning up as the party is happening. Wow.

Marni:  Yes, and that is the key to having a successful next day, not feeling overwhelmed, ‘cause I am constantly just like pulling recycling as it’s going.

Jason:  Very cool.

Marni:  Yeah, I think that has been my biggest success, is the cleaning up as the party is going.

Jason:  Well, that sounds good. I’ll have to observe you at your next get-together.


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Marni asks Jason if he likes to do a lot of planning when he throws parties at his house. Jason says he doesn’t do very much planning. He likes to go with the flow at parties.

If Jason’s guests feel like having a rager, that’s fine with him. But he is also happy if the night ends up being low-key. He doesn’t try to control every aspect of a party at his house. Instead, he responds to what his guests are feeling.

Marni is more of a party planner than Jason. She likes everything to look perfect for her parties. She also likes to clean while the party is happening. That way, she doesn’t have to do a lot of cleaning the next day.

Do you do a lot of planning when you have parties at your house? Do you like to throw parties?



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ever went into a party throw by classmate , so was crazy a night getting together , also i have been expecting the day that be able to hold a part myself , and invite all friends , not only layout a color house and some delicious foods be prepared , moreover ,i think some activities should be scheduled on that day of party be more important .

08:59 AM Nov 04 2011 |

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Saudi Arabia

For along time since I’m in college , didn’t throw a party, because all the mess up during the party.
but, I think it’s will be diff. between many years ago and now if I plan to do one. (no time lol).

08:29 AM Nov 04 2011 |



Actually I never throw parties in my life until I`m becoming a student.  Now I`m a student who has a lot of friend around and want to have a party and invite all those my friends. At first I was a kind of go-with-the flow girl, so I just buy some drinks, snack and stuff for the party. But recently to have for fun at my party, it seems I sort of turned a good party planner myself. If your parties gains a reputation for being a nice or great, you`ll inspired by it and want to give next party.

06:10 AM Nov 04 2011 |

Liselucy Green


I don’t like to party, also didn’t like the party, the party ’s strange to me


05:46 AM Nov 04 2011 |

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I can’t do planning a party .
because my room is very small ;(
But I would like to do ~

05:18 AM Nov 04 2011 |



I think a Party can contribute to the growth of friendship~

02:47 AM Nov 04 2011 |




Usually young people  throw rowdy parties,  They drink alcohol as sponges  , I think 

  it might be that when   drinking  strong spirits they feel  released of inhibitions  rooted in their  minds. Marni is a good planner  and probably  the only one  sober  ,otherwise  , How could she go about  cleaning the mess   in the house.



04:47 PM Nov 03 2011 |

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