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Zero Conditional

Date: Aug 22 2012

Themes: Hobbies, Weather

Grammar: Zero Conditional


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Spending time in the sunshine feels great. But if you spend too much time in the bright sun and don’t wear sunscreen, you may regret it later.

Most of us have experienced at least one bad sunburn in our lives. Of course, the paler you are, the worse your sunburn is likely to be. But who wants to stay inside or even just sit in the shade when it’s a warm, sunny day? Hear Jason and Amy discuss sunburns.




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Jason:  Looks like you forgot to wear some sunscreen there.

Amy:  Yeah, I can’t sit down right now. I’m really burned.

Jason:  Oh my gosh, it’s your whole body, not just your face?

Amy:  Well, I was tanning on the beach, lying on my stomach, and I just, I fell asleep, and my whole back, backs of my legs, everything burned.

Jason:  You didn’t put any sunscreen on?

Amy:  No, I just…I don’t know, it was kind of a cloudy day even though it was warm, so I guess I thought I wouldn’t get that badly burned. But even when it’s cloudy out, you can get a pretty nasty sunburn.

Jason:  Yeah, I guess those UV rays cut through the clouds.

Amy:  Yep. Do you always remember sunscreen?

Jason:  No. I have this trick where I try to go out into the sun near the end of the day, and that seems to work.

Amy:  Really? You think it’s just not as powerful as, like, around noon or when the sun’s at its highest?

Jason:  I’m pretty sure it’s not, because I don’t get burned. But I do if I go out in the middle of the day. But I know people who are so terrified of getting sunburned they wear hats and umbrellas, and they just don’t want any sun to touch their skin, ever.

Amy:  Well, it’s tough because I love being tan, but I know that in the long run it’s gonna lead to wrinkles and all that kind of stuff.

Jason:  Yeah.

Amy:  So it’s like, you have to choose between looking good now and looking better later.

Jason:  I guess you do.


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Jason notices that Amy has a bad sunburn on her face. She says the sunburn covers her whole body and is very painful. She didn’t wear sunscreen while she was tanning because it was cloudy out, so she thought she would be safe. But even on cloudy days, it is possible to get a bad sunburn.

Amy asks Jason if he always remembers to wear sunscreen. He admits that sometimes he forgets. He tries to only go out in the sun later in the day, when the sun is not very high up in the sky. That way, he can usually avoid getting a sunburn, even if he forgets to wear sunscreen.

Have you ever gotten a bad sunburn? Do you usually wear sunscreen when you go out in the sun?



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Fact is yeah i’ve ever got a bad sunburn,and i was born tohaving dark skin,but i never really care about it,.besides,i barely wear sunblock when i come out or even take an umbrella with me.just like Amy said,you have to choose between looking good now and looking better later,i choose to enjoy the beautiful sunshine instead of looking good or better later.

01:16 AM Aug 22 2012 |




Having lots of winter in the place I live, I try to get under the sun most of the time. The sun for me is just a high mood generator. They say as well it’s a natural source of vitamin D that keeps the immune system healthy but I can’t feel it :) What I feel is just getting immobilized when it’s raining. I have a pale skin and it burns easily but, honestly, back in my youth we didn’t know what the sunscreen is. Yes, we got burned, but after that just applied some sour cream :), went for a couple of days with a sore skin and then back to normal. The most severe burn I got when we were hiking in the Crimea. There was no choice, we had to cover big distances and the luxury of being in the sun only from 5 to 30 min between 10a.m. to 3p.m., when it’s more recommended to get tanned, wasn’t an option. When I got back to work, my colleagues screamed when they saw me :))- got scared.  It was amusing for me :) But better not to experiment, always should be at hand a sunblock SPF 30 rather than run a chance to get burned. From natural remedies, if the skin got burned, avocado is a good savior :)



United States

I remember when I lived in a resort in hawaii, I would usually go snorkeling at the lagoon. sometimes, I would jump down a water slide. Or go swimming in the pool. But I would never tan. But something hits me though, every time I come back from the pool, I would get badly sunburned, or I would be loaded with bug bites even if I put on sunscreen or bug spray. The weird thing is, my mom loves to tan but never gets burned. 

04:45 PM Aug 21 2012 |



Russian Federation

I hate them too but I prefer looking better later. So I use sunscreens with SPF not less than 20, its great save my skin on the beach:)

02:44 PM Aug 21 2012 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I dont know why but i hate sunscreens even when i go out in the sun,I prefer to burn but i dont use them:)

10:30 AM Aug 21 2012 |

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