IntroductionWatch the video below with no sound and describe everything you can. Use a dictionary to find any words you don't know in English. The video is titled 'Procrastination'. Do you know what that means? If you don't, watch the video again and decide what it could mean. When you've finished, click on 'Definition' below the video.
Verb: procrastinate /prə’kræs.tɪ.neɪt/
eg: ‘I know I won’t get the project finished by procrastinaing. It’s just that it’s so long and complicated, I don’t know how to put it all together.’
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1. What does ‘get + stuff done‘ mean?Correct
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2. What ‘stuff’ does the man need to do?Correct
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3. Why doesn’t the man do what he needs to do?Correct
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4. Rewrite the sentences below using words from the video
(use 3-4 words including the word in bold without changing its form)
Correct 5 / 5PointsIncorrect / 5 Points
A) I decided to spend a moment to clean the whole deskfigured
"I (I'd, I would) a moment to clean the whole desk"
B) I didn't have any cerealout
"I (was out of) cereal"
C) I remembered I needed to get some other thingsbunch
"I remembered a (bunch of other crap) I needed to get"
D) I washed up after making an omelettedishes
"I made an omelette and (did the dishes)"
E) Getting to bed early is simply something I must dosure
"I just (have to make sure) I get to bed early"
Language Focus: Get (stuff done)Look at these examples from the video:
- got up / got ready / get a lot of stuff done / got a sponge / got to the grocery store / stuff I needed to get / got home / get some oil / it was getting kind of late / get to bed
Match the meanings to each use of get.
There is one example which has none of these meanings, and it is repeated several times in the video. Do you know which it is?To check, click 'Answer' below.
rise = got up
prepare = got ready
obtain = got a sponge, stuff I needed to get, get some oil
arrive = got to the grocery store, got home
become = it was getting kind of late
go = get to bed
Use of 'get' with none of these meanings: get a lot of stuff done
Get something doneThere are two possible meanings for this expression.
- 1. Similar to the passive, we say 'get something done' when someone else does something for us.
For example: "I need to get my hair done."
Here, the person doesn't cut or style their own hair, but goes to a haidresser or barber. Notice how 'done' is used instead of 'cut, 'washed' or 'styled'. 'Done' is more general.
Another example: "I'm going to get the kitchen done next week."
Again, the person will not do the work, but pay a builder or decorator to make improvements to their kitchen. And we also see again how the general word 'done' is used, which is useful when we don't want or need to give details.
2. In the video, the man is clearly talking about doing 'stuff' himself. He does a lot of other things to avoid sitting down at his desk and getting his 'stuff done'.
Here 'done' means 'completed'. He could also say, "I need to do my stuff.".
Another example of this use:
"You'll never get your homework done at that speed!"