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Odd Man Out
Odd Man Out English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn Phrasal Verbs

Date: Nov 29 2011

Themes: Friend, Soap Opera

Grammar: Phrasal Verbs


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People are social animals. All over the world, you will find that people want to be included. If something exciting is happening, everyone around it wants to be part of it. But some things require a certain number of people. You can’t put six players on the court in basketball, only five. So if six want to play, someone will have to be the odd man out.

The odd man out is a person left out of a group. Jason and Devan are getting married soon. At a wedding, the bride’s best friends and relatives get to stand beside her during the ceremony. They’re called bridesmaids. The groom has groomsmen. Traditionally, there is the same number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. In these situations, someone often has to be the odd man out. Find out who it will be in this case.


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Jeff:  Hey, buddy, check out what I got. Blazers tickets…

Jason:  No way! Nice.

Jeff:  Yup. Anything for my best friend.

Jason:  OK.

Mason:  Whoa. Best friend? I mean, who came up with the best proposal idea ever? Am I right?

Jeff:  You mean the one that didn’t work out?

Mason:  Wait. Whoa…

Jason:  That was my fault. That was my fault that it didn’t work out.

Dale:  Hey, guess what, buddy. Guess what I got. Blazers tickets.

Jason:  Really?

Dale:  Yeah.

Jeff:  No way. Let me see those. Wait a second. Row J seat 7. These are mine!

Dale:  I was just trying to show my best friend a good time.

Jason:  OK. OK. OK.

Dale:  He’s my best friend, you know.

Jason:  I get what’s going on here. Devan’s got two bridesmaids. I only get two groomsmen, and nobody wants to be the odd man out.

Mason:  That’s totally right, man. We all want to be part of the wedding.

Jeff:  My girlfriend’s in the wedding.

Mason:  The girl that I’m in love with is in the wedding!

Dale:  Oh yeah? Well, I should definitely be a groomsman, because I’ve performed dozens of weddings.

Jason:  Really?

Dale:  Yeah. I’m a Justice of the Peace. Booya!

Jason:  Dale, why don’t you officiate the wedding? That way, everyone can be part of it.

Dale:  Oh, well I…

Jason:  Then no one has to be the odd man out.

Jeff:  Hey, could I be the best man?

Jason:  OK, I guess.

Jeff:  Great.

Mason:  Alright, well, if you’re the best man, Marni is the maid of honor. So while you two are walking down the aisle, Ella and Mason will be walking down the…

Jeff:  No, no, no. I don’t want this guy walking down the aisle with my lady. I’m out.

Jason:  I’ll tell you what. If you take me to the game, I will not make you my best man. How about that?

Jeff:  Deal.

Jason:  Let’s go.

Mason:  So I don’t get to walk Ella down the aisle. But at least I’m not the odd man out, right, Dale? Oh man. Not again. Guys! Do you got an extra ticket?


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Jeff tells Jason that he has tickets to a basketball game. Then Dale walks up and says that he also has tickets to a basketball game. Jeff realizes that Dale just took his tickets. Jason realizes that his friends want something from him. They don’t want to be the odd man out.

Jason will only get two groomsmen in the wedding, and no one wants to be left out. Dale says that he should be a groomsman because he has performed many weddings. Jason asks him to perform his wedding so that no one has to be the odd man out.

Have you ever been the odd man out?



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When it comes to choose  the bridesmaids/groomsmen   is better to  pick them up  from our inner circle . We must remember that  to be chosen involves  expenses  as clothes, air fare in some cases  and the like. I know of some cases where  the would- be bridesmaid  were not happy  about  being selected to perform  as bridesmaid during the ceremony. 

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