Today we have a short podcast lesson which explains an adverbial phrase in an interesting and fun way. While we turn that rather dry and boring linguistics topic into something interesting you can use in everyday English conversation. We also practice English pronunciation and pick up some interesting English vocabulary along the way.
So let’s listen like there is no tomorrow and with repeated listening we can work on improving your automatic recall of vocabulary without translating and getting the correct English word pronunciation first time every time.
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So how about we do something quite simple today? What about the English word tomorrow? T-O-M-O-R-R-O-W. You probably have a word that means the same thing in your language. Tomorrow is the day after today. And do you remember the word for the day before today? Yes, that’s right. Yesterday. We don’t have words in English for the day before yesterday or the day after tomorrow, but I know they do in German for example. You have ‘gestern’ for ‘yesterday’ and ‘vorgestern’ for ‘the day before yesterday’. They also have a word in German for ‘the day after tomorrow’ - so ‘morgan’ is tomorrow and ‘übermorgan’ is ‘the day after tomorrow’. But as you can hear, we don’t have these words in English, only yesterday and tomorrow. I wonder what you have in your language?
So what about a phrase, using the word ‘tomorrow’? If someone uses the phrase in English ‘like there’s no tomorrow’ or ‘as if there’s no tomorrow’, what do they mean? Well, I guess this phrase comes from a time where you would store up things up in your house. This might mean that the food your stored after the summer harvest had to last all the way through winter or your logs, your fuel for your fire had to be conserved so that there was enough for the winter. You needed to make sure that you had enough. So in this context, thinking about tomorrow was really important. You needed to make sure that you were covered, if you like. It’s less of a problem now, because we tend to just go and buy some more, of whatever it is.
So when we say in English ‘like there’s no tomorrow’, it’s an adverbial phrase – a phrase which acts like an adverb, and which describes a verb. What does it mean? Well, when we say this, we mean that someone is doing something very quickly, very rapidly, very eagerly. They’re doing it without restraint or thought, as if there won't be another opportunity. As though you must do something as much or as quickly as possible. And there’s a sense that the speaker thinks that the action is a little bit irresponsible, people aren’t taking responsibility properly for what they’re doing, if it’s ‘like there’s no tomorrow’. There’s a slight bit of criticism in the phrase.
A photograph of a man holding a baby you cannot tell the gender of the baby. Used to help explain English grammar she, he and they.
So the idea is that you are going at something, using it up, and it will run out soon. There’ll be none left for tomorrow. Where did this idea for the phrase come from, for the podcast? It came from my children, eating up all the biscuits on holiday ‘as though there was no tomorrow’!
How about we use some examples in sentences. I’ll repeat the sentences three times each, then you can have a go at saying them yourself. This will help you practise your pronunciation. And by the way, the verb ‘to gobble’ means to eat very quickly. Here we go:-
- The children were really hungry and gobbled the sandwiches as though there was no tomorrow! (I’m leaving space for you to repeat it!)
- Every time my cousin goes clothes shopping, she spends money as if there's no tomorrow.
- You’re using printer paper, as if there’s no tomorrow!
- He piled wood onto the fire as though there was no tomorrow.
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Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
Update: We've recently done more on English pronunciation here.