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  • Hello I'm Feifei and welcome to The English We Speak.

  • And hello, I'm Rob.

  • You're looking pleased with yourself, Rob.

  • Oh, I am. I've just booked these dirt cheap – I mean really cheapflights to Ibiza!

  • Wonderful!

  • Look at the price - 20 pounds return!

  • That means extra money to spend on food, drink and partying.

  • Let's have a lookhold on. The basic price is 20 pounds, but look at the tax you have to pay on top. One hundred pounds!

  • Eh? Let me see. You're right.

  • Grrr, I hate paying tax.

  • I guess you could say it's a necessary evil.

  • Hmm, you could say thatif you mean it's something bad that can't be avoided, and you have to accept it in order to achieve a good result.

  • That's exactly what I meant, Rob.

  • If it can't be avoided, like paying tax on a plane ticket, then it's a necessary evil.

  • Let's hear some examples, shall we?

  • For me, exams are a necessary evilyou have to do them to get a place at university.

  • Sitting in traffic for hours is a necessary evil if I want to drive to the seaside on a public holiday!

  • I hate running, but having to exercise is a necessary evil if I want to stay fit and healthy.

  • This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we're finding out about the phrase 'a necessary evil'.

  • It describes something that you have to accept in order to achieve something else.

  • And Rob, that tax on your plane ticket is unavoidableso not so cheap now, is it?

  • No. Less money for eating, drinking and partying.

  • Can you get a refund? Stay at home and eat, drink and party?

  • I could but if I stayed at home, there's another necessary evil I have to deal with.

  • What's that?

  • I'll have to spend more time with you.

  • Hmm! What time is your flight exactly?

  • Did I say something wrong?

  • Bye.

  • Bye.

Hello I'm Feifei and welcome to The English We Speak.

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A necessary evil: The English We Speak

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    Evangeline posted on 2021/04/04
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