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  • Welcome to the Good Morning show.

  • In today's program we're going to be talking to Hillary Clinton.

  • Oh, I'm sorry.

  • That's the wrong picture.

  • We've clearly made a mistake.

  • Argh!

  • Hi everyone, I'm Vicki and I'm British.

  • And I'm Jay and I'm American.

  • And this lessons about things you can say when you make mistakes.

  • Where should we start?

  • Well the first thing we say is often an expletive.

  • She means expletive.

  • Expletive.

  • The pronunciation's different in British and American.

  • Say expletive.

  • An expletive is a word that shows you're angry or upset.

  • Argh!

  • Argh!

  • Oh….

  • The next thing you'd say is not polite.

  • Yeah, expletives are generally rude words.

  • I'm sure you know these ones.

  • They're common curse words.

  • Be careful though because they are very rude.

  • Yes, don't say them to your boss or people you don't know well.

  • What are some polite alternatives?

  • Hmm.

  • I've heard some people say 'oh bother', but that's normally if it's a small thing.

  • Oh bother, I've spilt my tea.

  • 'Bother' sounds very British.

  • In the US we might say 'shoot'.

  • Oh shoot, I left my wallet at home.

  • Again, we say this for small mistakes.

  • Yes, if you want to add some emotion, I think 'damn' is a useful word.

  • Is it rude?

  • It's a little rude but it's better than the curse words if you're at work or something,

  • and it shows you're upset.

  • Oh damn.

  • I forgot to put petrol in the car.

  • Damn.

  • I just made a mistake.

  • What?

  • I just sent everyone the wrong dates for the meeting.

  • Notice that Jay said 'I just made a mistake'.

  • We use the verb 'make' with mistake.

  • In some languages it's do a mistake', but not in English.

  • Yes, so don't make that mistake with mistake!

  • 'Make' and 'mistake' both start with the letter m.

  • Perhaps that will help you remember.

  • OK.

  • Now are there other ways to say 'I've made a mistake'?

  • Yes.

  • We often use phrasal verbs.

  • Let's see one in action.

  • Oh no, I've screwed up again!

  • What have you done?

  • I forgot to press save before I closed the document.

  • He's always screwing up like that.

  • The verb is 'screw up'.

  • It's slang and it's a bit rude.

  • Again, you probably don't want to say it to your boss.

  • But there's another verb you could use insteadmess up.

  • Oh. Can I try it?

  • OK but be careful.

  • It's taken me ages to get this far.

  • Don't mess it up.

  • OK.

  • Oh sorry

  • Mess up means to do something badly.

  • It's a phrasal verb again and it's more polite than screw up.

  • And another phrase you can use is 'by mistake'.

  • Urgh!

  • What?

  • I drank your coffee by mistake.

  • How much sugar is in that?

  • 5 teaspoons.

  • I like it sweet.

  • So 'by mistake' means 'by accident'.

  • Hi.

  • Hi.

  • Your pay check has arrived.

  • Oh good.

  • Hey!

  • Somebody's already opened this.

  • Yeah, sorry, I opened it by mistake.

  • You didn't earn as much as me last month.

  • So by mistake - by accident.

  • By mistake means you didn't intend to do it.

  • Or did you?

  • Now the word mistake is a noun here, but it can be a verb too.

  • And then it means you think one thing is another.

  • For example, you have to keep your pills safe because children might mistake them for candy.

  • Mistake is an irregular verbmistake, mistook, mistaken.

  • Oh Mary.

  • Do we know each other?

  • Oh sorry, I mistook you for someone else.

  • No problem.

  • I mistook you for someone else means I thought you were one person, but you were another.

  • Yes, it sounds a little formal to me.

  • I think normally I'd say it differently.

  • Oh Mary.

  • Do we know each other?

  • Oh sorry I thought you were someone else.

  • No problem.

  • That sounded more natural.

  • Yes, and there's another thing we often say when we've made a mistake.

  • What?

  • Sorry.

  • Let's look at how we do that.

  • Who designed these calendars?

  • Oh I did.

  • Do you like them?

  • How many copies did you print?

  • I don't know.

  • I ordered 500.

  • Is there a problem?

  • Yes.

  • Look at February.

  • There are 30 days.

  • Oh, it's a mistake.

  • I'm so sorry Kathy.

  • It's my fault.

  • I didn't notice.

  • It's my fault too.

  • I didn't check it before it went to the printers.

  • We're both at fault.

  • Yes.

  • 30 days!

  • Now here's a very useful phrase.

  • When we say 'it's my fault', we're saying we're responsible.

  • We accept the blame for what went wrong.

  • We admit we did the wrong thing.

  • And if we don't want to accept responsibility, we can use the negative.

  • You need to do this again.

  • Why?

  • It's full of spelling mistakes It's not my fault.

  • My spell checker doesn't work Then use a dictionary.

  • Humph.

  • So 'it's not my fault' means it's not my responsibility.

  • Don't blame me.

  • Fault is an uncountable noun here, so it has no plural form.

  • But the word fault has other meanings where it's countable.

  • For example?

  • Well, people can have faults.

  • Good luck with your presentation.

  • Are you nervous?

  • No, I'm going to be fantastic.

  • They'll love me.

  • Jay may have some faults, but lack of confidence isn't one of them.

  • So here faults is plural and it means the bad or weak parts of someone's character.

  • I don't really have many faults.

  • Yeah right.

  • And faults can also mean other things that are wrong.

  • Machines can have faults.

  • Faults are things that stop them working correctly.

  • A fault in the design.

  • A structural fault.

  • You need to use the other copier.

  • This one's not working.

  • Really?

  • Why not?

  • They think it's an electrical fault.

  • Hmmm.

  • Told you.

  • OK, I think it's time to review, don't you?

  • Yes, let's see what you can remember.

  • When we make a mistake, the first thing we say is often an expletive.

  • Or an expletive.

  • An expletive is usually a swear word or curse word.

  • But there are some more polite alternatives.

  • For example in the UK we could say 'Oh bother!'

  • And in the US we could say 'Oh shoot!'

  • Here's a really useful one: Oh damn!

  • We usually use the word mistake with the verb make.

  • And we use phrasal verbs too like 'I've screwed up'.

  • And we can also say 'I've messed up'.

  • If we think we're responsible for a mistake we'll say 'It's my fault'.

  • And if we think we're not responsible we'll say 'It's not my fault'.

  • And that's it.

  • Now you know what to say when you've screwed up and made a mistake.

  • If you've found this video useful, please share it with a friend.

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  • See you next Friday everyone.

  • Bye Bye.

  • Bye.

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