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Braden: Is This American Safe Safe?
Braden: In this lesson, you’ll learn about Verbs + Prepositions and Neutral commenting.
Barbara: This conversation takes place at work at the end of the shift.
Braden: And it’s between Alex and June.
Barbara: The speakers are co-workers but Alex, seems disconnected. June will be speaking professionally, butAlex will be speaking causally.
Braden: Let’s listen to the conversation.
Alex: I'm so tired. I've worked so hard today!
June: Good for you! What did you get done?
Alex: I reorganized the filing cabinet. It took me all day.
June: What filing cabinet?
Alex: The silver one that's under the cash register.
June: You mean the safe?
Alex: I don't know. It had one of those dials in the middle of the door.
June: You're telling me you confused a filing cabinet with a safe?
Alex: There's a difference?
June: Alex, you impress me. Just thought you should know.
Alex: Thanks!
June: I'm curious, how did you open it?
Alex: I attribute it to my parents having a filing cabinet like that.
June: It's a safe, Alex.
Alex: Okay then, a safe. They always packed it with things they didn't want me to touch. It provided me with a lot of practice picking locks.
June: Wow, that makes me very nervous. Did you take anything out?
Alex: No. I did take a glance at the magazines, but there wasn't much else in there.
June: I'm lost as to why there were magazines in the store safe but, if there was hardly anything in it, why did it take you so long to organize?
Braden: So, we wanted to talk a little bit about Neutral commenting.
Barbara: An important technique for conversation at the workplace is neutral commenting. This is when you comment on someone else's statement in a neutral manner in order to avoid confrontation, encourage conversation, promote friendship, or avoid direct conflict.
Braden: For example, one of your coworkers spends a considerable amount of time explaining to you why purple is the best hair color. You are not convinced by her argument but also don't really care. A good phrase in a situation like this is –
Barbara: “I see what you mean.” This is a neutral comment. You are not committed to agreeing with your coworker but you're also not disagreeing with your coworker.
Braden: Some other very useful neutral comments are – “That's interesting.” Or “I never thought about it that way before.”
Barbara: or “I get your point.”
Braden: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson. The first word we shall see is:
Barbara: reorganized [natural native speed]
Braden: change the way in which something is organized
Barbara: reorganized [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Barbara: reorganized [natural native speed]
safe [natural native speed]
Braden: metal container where valuables (money) are kept
safe [slowly - broken down by syllable] safe [natural native speed]
Barbara: dial [natural native speed]
Braden: a circular object used to make incremental adjustments to a larger mechanism
Barbara: dial [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Barbara: dial [natural native speed]
combinations [natural native speed]
Braden: a joining or merging of different parts or qualities.
combinations [slowly - broken down by syllable] combinations [natural native speed]
Barbara: glance [natural native speed]
Braden: take a brief or hurried look
Barbara: glance [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Barbara: glance [natural native speed]
organize [natural native speed]
Braden: arrange into a structure
organize [slowly - broken down by syllable] organize [natural native speed]
Barbara: pack [natural native speed]
Braden: cram a large number of things into
Barbara: pack [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Barbara: pack [natural native speed]
lock [natural native speed]
Braden: a mechanism for keeping a door, lid, etc., fastened, typically operated only by a key of a particular form
lock [slowly - broken down by syllable] lock [natural native speed]
Barbara: pick (a lock) [natural native speed]
Braden: open a lock with an instrument other than the proper key
Barbara: pick (a lock) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Barbara: pick (a lock) [natural native speed]
Braden: Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Barbara: In the dialogue, we heard the phrase Filing cabinet
Braden: if you’ve ever worked In office context, you will know what a filing cabinet is. If you haven’t, then it’s a tall metal cabinet where you put files. That isn’t particularly complicated, However, apparently Alex had a difficult time distinguishing it from a safe in the dialogue.
Barbara: This is partially, a true story. And no I was not Alex.
Braden: Could you break this down?
Barbara: Filing cabinet (slowly)
Braden: And one time fast?
Barbara: Filing cabinet (fast)
Braden: Perfect! What’s next?
Barbara: Our next phrase is cash register
Braden: A “cash register” Is a machine that registers the inflow and outflow of cash within a store. Depending on the size of the store there could be one or multiple cash registers.
Barbara: Most cash registers are standardized With a simple computer on the top to detail the inflow and outflow of merchandise and a drawer underneath where the money is kept.
Braden: Could you break this down?
Barbara: cash register(slowly)
Braden: And one time fast?
Barbara: cash register (fast)
Braden: Excellent!

Lesson focus

Braden: Let’s take a look at the grammar point.
Braden: Barbara, what’s the focus of this lesson?
Barbara: The focus of this lesson is verbs and prepositions, Part 4
Braden: In the dialogue, we heard the phrase…
Barbara: “I attribute it to my parents having a filing cabinet like that.”
Braden: This lesson is set up as a reference lesson. We've gathered together a list of over 100 verb/preposition combinations and put them together for this series. This is part 4 in the series.
Barbara: These are not phrasal verbs. However, they are verb/preposition combinations that are frequently used and maybe in the next 50 years, some of these might become phrasal verbs!
Braden: We have quite a few of these so we’ll go through them with minimal explanation.
Barbara: First let’s look at Verbs that are frequently used with the preposition “To.” First, to answer to someone. For example, "I answer to Ms Smith."
Braden: Second, to appeal to someone. For example, "Let me appeal to you for your help in this matter."
Barbara: Third, to apply oneself to (doing) something. For example, "I think you should apply yourself more at work."
Braden: Fourth, to apply to something. For example, "He applied glue to the board."
Barbara: Fifth, to attend to (doing) something. For example, "Chris attended to doing the grocery shopping."
Braden: Sixth, to attribute something to someone. For example, "Professor Samson attributes this painting to Leonardo."
Barbara: Next we’ll look at verbs that are frequently used with the preposition “With.” First, to acquaint someone with something. For example, "I acquainted Mary with French cuisine."
Braden: Second, to associate something with (doing) someone. For example, "Susan associates chocolate with childhood."
Barbara: Third, to be faced with (doing) something. For example, "She's faced with working overtime this weekend."
Braden: Fourth, to charge someone with (doing) something. For example, "The officer charged Mr Smith with blackmail."
Barbara: Fifth, to clutter with something. For example, "The office was cluttered with paper."
Braden: Sixth, to coincide with something. For example, "My birthday coincides with a national holiday."
Barbara: Seventh, to collide with something. For example, "The car collided with a truck and blocked traffic."


Braden: That just about does it for today. Thanks for listening.
Barbara: See you later!


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi listeners! So, have you ever reorganized a "filing cabinet?"

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Saturday at 01:26 PM
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Hi there Maleeha,

Thanks for taking the time to write to us.

There are many words to learn in the English language. The best way to learn and retain them is to practice and use the language. You can do this through our platform, it of course is a process in learning but chipping away at it and studying regularly will get you there.

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Tuesday at 11:50 PM
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Hi...I want to ask how I can remember these verb preposition combinations because they are more than hundred?😣

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Hi AungZW.

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Tuesday at 05:26 PM
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Hi Paul,

It's a useful, but bad skill. I hope that Alex doesn't get in trouble with the police later!


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Sunday at 06:24 PM
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No, I haven't. Unfortunately, picking the locks is not my best attribute:smile: Very funny story:thumbsup: Alex, from this story, seems to be a silly man. However, he has a useful skill for opening safes without an original key.