Toni: That teacher always finds fault with my compositions. I spent a lot of time on this one last week and now he wants me to do it over.
Janet: What’s the problem?
Toni: Some small mistakes—that’s all. Look at my paper.
Janet: These spelling errors do stand out. There shouldn’t be a y in studies, and you forgot the second p in stopped.
Toni: I’m not to blame. It’s this crazy language! In my language, the spelling is very regular.
Janet: English has a few basic rules, too. You’ll be better off if you learn them.
Toni: It might be easier to go back to my country!
- find fault with: to criticize or complain of
- do something over: to do something again because you did not do it well the first time
- stand out: to be very noticeable
- be to blame: These words and expressions are used to say that someone caused something bad to happen.
- be better off: to be in a better situation, if or after something happens