Topic: Getting in Shape
Joe: Would you like to play volleyball with us this weekend?
Dave: I’d love to, but I’m really out of shape. I haven’t exercised much all winter.
Joe: That’s okay . None of us are professionals. ,
Dave: How often do you play?
Joe: Every other Saturday. We’d rather play more often, but it’s difficult to find a time when everyone can get together.
Dave: What time do you begin?
Joe: At 9:00. I’ll look forward to seeing you then.
- Out of shape: not physically healthy enough for difficult exercise because you have not been involved in physical activities
- Every other: not each one in a series, but every two
- Look forward to + V(ing): to feel pleased and excited about something that is going to happen
be out of shape: The opposite is be in shape.
Example: He’s in shape because he runs every day. ‘
Related idioms are stay in shape and get in shape, would rather: This phrase is followed by the simple form of the verb.
Example: He would rather read than play with the other children. The contraction is’d, and the negative is would rather not.
Example: Ken wants to go to the movies, but I’d rather not, look forward to: These words are often followed by a gerund (verb + ins). Example: I’m looking forward to having some free time.