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INTRODUCTION
Chihiro: Hi everyone, Chihiro here.
Daniel: Daniel here. Postponing an Appointment.
Daniel: In this lesson, you will learn how to postpone an appointment.
Chihiro: This conversation takes place on the telephone.
Daniel: The conversation is between two friends, Mike and Joey.
Chihiro: The speakers will be speaking casually.
Daniel: Alright, let’s listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Joey: Hello?
Mike: Hey, Joey. It's me, Mike.
Joey: Hey, man. What's up? Are we still on for tomorrow?
Mike: Well, that's what I'm calling about. I can't make it to lunch tomorrow. Something came up.
Joey: What do you mean something came up? I was your best buddy in third grade! What's so important you can't
tell me, man?
Mike: Well, Susan wants me to have lunch with her parents. They're in town this week.
Joey: Oh, man! The wife is already tearing us apart. Man, I hate married guys.
Mike: I'm really sorry, Joey. Just this once. It's really important to Susan. Can we put back our lunch to next
week?
Joey: Do I have a choice?
Mike: Not really.
Joey: Man…
Mike: Same time, same place?
Joey: All right. But you'd better not be late, man, or I'll make you pay, literally! Heh, heh.
Mike: I'll be there! I’ll be there! See you!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Chihiro: Like in the conversation, rescheduling happens often among friends and business situations. Although it's something that people generally avoid doing, when people need to reschedule it is often an understood matter.
Daniel: In business situations people don't need to explain in detail why they need to cancel or reschedule. A short explanation is usually enough. However, like in the dialogue, friends might push for an explanation.
Chihiro: Right, so have a good reason ready.
VOCAB LIST
Daniel: Now let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson. What’s the first word?
Chihiro: tomorrow [natural native speed]
Daniel: the day after today
Chihiro: tomorrow [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: tomorrow [natural native speed]
Daniel: Next.
Chihiro: important [natural native speed]
Daniel: of great significance
Chihiro: important [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: important [natural native speed]
Daniel: Next.
Chihiro: wife [natural native speed]
Daniel: the female partner of a married couple
Chihiro: wife [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: wife [natural native speed]
Daniel: Next.
Chihiro: buddy [natural native speed]
Daniel: close friend
Chihiro: buddy [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: buddy [natural native speed]
Daniel: Next.
Chihiro: grade [natural native speed]
Daniel: level of study lasting for one year
Chihiro: grade [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: grade [natural native speed]
Daniel: Next.
Chihiro: parent [natural native speed]
Daniel: person who brings up and cares for a child
Chihiro: parent [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: parent [natural native speed]
Daniel: Next.
Chihiro: to tear [natural native speed]
Daniel: to rip, to separate into parts
Chihiro: to tear [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: to tear [natural native speed]
Daniel: Next.
Chihiro: choice [natural native speed]
Daniel: act of deciding between two or more options
Chihiro: choice [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: choice [natural native speed]
Daniel: Next.
Chihiro: literally [natural native speed]
Daniel: in an accurate (literal) sense or approach
Chihiro: literally [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chihiro: literally [natural native speed]
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Daniel: Okay, so let’s have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Chihiro: The first phrase we'll look at is, “Are we still on for tomorrow?” This phrase is used to double check appointments or things that have been scheduled. In other words, Joey is asking if they are still meeting tomorrow as planned. Here's another example,
Daniel: “Is the party still on for tomorrow?”
Chihiro: Daniel here is asking whether or not the party is going to be held as planned.
Daniel: The second phrase we’ll look at is, “Can we push back our lunch to next week?” “Push back” means to delay something scheduled to a later date. Mike is asking Joey whether they can postpone their lunch for another week. Another example is,
Chihiro: “They pushed back the deadline until next month.”
Daniel: This means that the deadline was rescheduled to a later month.

Lesson focus

Chihiro: Okay, let’s take a look at the grammar point for this lesson.
Daniel: In Lesson 3 of this Lower Intermediate Series, we talked about the future tense. Let's review this by looking at some examples from the dialogue and some general ones. First, let's take a look at these sentences,
Chihiro: “I'll make you pay.”
Daniel: And,
Chihiro:” I'll be there.”
Daniel: In the first sentence, Joey says “I'll make you pay” to Mike in the future tense. This is because he's talking about what Mike would have to do in the future if he reschedules their lunch.
Chihiro: Likewise, “I'll be there” is also stated in the future because Mike is telling Joey that he will be at their agreed place in the future. Note that both of these sentences have the contracted form of “I will,” which is “I'll.” Here are some other examples,
Daniel: “I think she'll be here soon.”
Chihiro: Here, the future tense is used to make a prediction, the prediction that she will be arriving soon.
Daniel: “He won't help me.”
Chihiro: The future is used here to refuse to do something, in this case, help.
Daniel: “Selena will finish cleaning.”
Chihiro: Lastly, the future tense is used to state a promise, the promise that Selena is going to finish cleaning.
Daniel: Be sure to check out the lesson notes in the PDF to review this grammar point.

Outro

Chihiro: That just about does it for today.
Daniel: See you soon!
Chihiro: Bye for now!
REPETITION OF DIALOGUE
Joey: Hello?
Mike: Hey, Joey. It's me, Mike.
Joey: Hey, man. What's up? Are we still on for tomorrow?
Mike: Well, that's what I'm calling about. I can't make it to lunch tomorrow. Something came up.
Joey: What do you mean something came up? I was your best buddy in third grade! What's so important you can't
tell me, man?
Mike: Well, Susan wants me to have lunch with her parents. They're in town this week.
Joey: Oh, man! The wife is already tearing us apart. Man, I hate married guys.
Mike: I'm really sorry, Joey. Just this once. It's really important to Susan. Can we push back our lunch to next
week?
Joey: Do I have a choice?
Mike: Not really.
Joey: Man…
Mike Same time, same place?
Joey: All right. But you'd better not be late, man, or I'll make you pay, literally! Heh, heh.
Mike: I'll be there! I’ll be there! See you!

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1. I have an appointment with my buddy but somthing comes up, therefore I have to pushback the appointment.

2. I am not sure if the meeting is still on for tomarrow due to the coronavirus.

3. The hard preparation for test tore me and my roommate apart.

4. I'll keep on learning English tomarrow literally.

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Hello again James,


Thanks for taking the time to ask your question.


Yes, you could say either "I can't make it to lunch tomorrow" or "I can't make it to have lunch tomorrow." The word lunch can be a noun or a verb - that's why it can work for both.


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"I can't make it to lunch tomorrow"

- I don't understand why 'to' is used. Does "to lunch" mean "to have lunch"?