This post will be looking at the word TABLE and how we can use it every day.
Let’s start with Table the noun….furniture with 4 legs with a top that we eat on.
Here are a few common collocations:
- The dinner table: where you have dinner with the family
- A night table: found next to your bed
- A coffee table: found in the living room
- A roundtable: meeting at which people discuss something & have equal say.
- Table manners: behavior you have when eating at the table
I was talking about chores for kids with a learner this week & three verbs came up. We perform these actions every day & kids can do them too.
- To set the table: to place plates, cutlery, glasses & napkins on a table before a meal
- To clear the table: to remove the dishes from the table after a meal & pop them into the dishwasher or sink.
- To clean the table: use a rag or paper towel with detergent to wipe a table of dirt or fingerprints.
- I will put my cards on the table. I don’t like the way you speak to me. It’s disrespectful. (i.e. to tell someone honestly what you think or what you plan to do. Origin from card games like poker)
- You should wait before making big changes. Get your feet under the table! (i.e. get used to the new job. Origin related to a new desk)
- My brother can drink me under the table. (i.e. someone that can drink a lot more alcohol than another person).
- The tables are turned. He’s got control now. (i.e. situation changes and the person at a disadvantage is on top now)
- The board decided to table the proposal to after Easter. (i.e. decide to postpone a decision to a later date)
Fluency Builder: Discuss the following with a chat buddy or your teacher
- If a person has good table manners, how does that person behave at a dinner table?
- What do you keep on your night table?
- Who sets and clears the table at your house? Do you place your fork on the right or left?
- How long did it take to get your feet under the table in your current job?