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You have a friend who has started a new job as a server at a restaurant, but he is worried that he isn’t picking up the job as quickly as other servers are. He can’t remember the customers’ orders, he is slow at getting to the tables, and he has dropped a few plates on a couple of customers. He also overheard the manager commenting on your poor performance. He feels that he can’t quit the job because he depends on it to pay for his rent and school, and there aren’t other job openings in the area. What suggestions do you have for him so he can learn the ropes faster and make progress toward keeping his job?
“Well, you could learn the ropes faster by asking other servers for advice. They might be able to share some tips with you.”
Sometimes, learners know the meaning of an idiom, but they don’t know how to use it correctly in conversation or writing. Thus, this activity checks your grammatical accuracy with the idiom so you become more confident in using it.