Module 5, Unit 3

“Talking About Things to Wear”

Base Sentences – (631-645)

631 What are you going to wear today?

631 ¿Qué vas a llevar hoy?

632 I’m going to wear my blue suit. Is that all right?

632 Voy a ponerme mi traje azul. ¿Está bien?

633 I have two suits to send to the cleaners.

633 Tengo dos trajes para enviar a la tintorería.

634 I have some shirts to send to the laundry.

634 Tengo algunas camisas para enviar a la lavandería.

635 You ought to have that coat cleaned and pressed.

635 Usted debe tener el abrigo lavado y planchado.

636 I’ve got to get this shirt washed and ironed.

636 Tengo que conseguir esta camisa lavada y planchada.

637 All my suits are dirty. I don’t have anything to wear.

637 Todos mis trajes están sucios. No tengo nada que ponerme.

638 You’d better wear a light jacket. It’s chilly today.

638 Es mejor usar una chaqueta ligera. Hace frío hoy.

639 This dress doesn’t fit me anymore.

638 Este vestido no me cabe más.

640 I guess I’ve outgrown this pair of trousers.

640 Creo que he superado este par de pantalones.

641 These shoes are worn-out. They’ve lasted a long time.

641 Estos zapatos están desgastadas. Ellos han durado mucho tiempo.

642 I can’t fasten this collar button.

642 No puedo fijar este botón del cuello.

643 Why don’t you get dressed now? Put on your work clothes.

643 ¿Por qué no te vistes ahora? Póngase su ropa de trabajo.

644 My brother came in, changed his clothes, and went out again.

644 Mi hermano entró, se cambió de ropa y volvió a salir.

645 I didn’t notice you were wearing your new hat.

645 No me di cuenta que estaba usando su sombrero nuevo.

Verb Study

1. wear => [wore, worn], wearing, wears

(A) What are you going to wear today? (B) She wore her blue dress yesterday. (C) What is Mr. Cooper wearing today? (A) ¿Qué vas a llevar hoy? (B) Llevaba el vestido azul ayer. (C) ¿Cuál es el uso de hoy el señor Cooper?

2. clean, press => cleaned, cleaning, cleans; pressed, pressing, presses

(A) You ought to have that coat cleaned and pressed. (B) I’m cleaning the kitchen because it looks dirty. (C) She presses her skirts and cleans her dresses every week. (D) She cleans the house about two or three times a week. (A) Usted debe tener el abrigo lavado y planchado. (B) Estoy limpiando la cocina porque se ve sucia. (C) Ella aprieta faldas y limpia sus vestidos cada semana. (D) Se limpia la casa a unos dos o tres veces a la semana.

3. wash, iron => washed, washing, washes; ironed, ironing, irons

(A) I’ve got to get this shirt washed and ironed. (B) She washes and irons the clothes every week. (C) Do you wash and iron shirts here? (A) Tengo que conseguir esta camisa lavada y planchada. (B) Se lava y plancha la ropa todas las semanas. (C) ¿Se lava y las camisas de hierro aquí?

4. outgrown => [outgrew, outgrown], is/are outgrown, was/were outgrown

(A) I guess I’ve outgrown this pair of trousers. (B) He’s growing fast. He outgrows all of his clothes in a very short time. (C) Have you outgrown your blue suit already? (D) I outgrew this pair of shoes in three months. (A) Creo que he superado este par de pantalones. (B) Está creciendo rápidamente. Él crece más toda su ropa en un tiempo muy corto. (C) Ha superado su traje azul ya? (D) superé este par de zapatos en tres meses.

5. fasten => fastened, fastening, fastens

(A) I can’t fasten this collar button. (B) He never fastens the top button of his shirt. (C) Would you please fasten your seat belts? (D) Please wait. I haven’t fastened my seat belt yet. (A) No puedo fijar este botón del cuello. (B) Nunca se abrocha el botón superior de la camisa. (C) ¿Por favor, abróchense los cinturones de seguridad? (D) Por favor, espere. No he abrochado el cinturón de seguridad todavía.

6. come in => [came in, has/had come in], coming in, comes in

(A) My brother came in at 8 o’clock. (B) She comes in here every day at 3 o’clock. (C) Come in please, and sit down. (A)Mi hermano llegó a las 8 en punto. (B) Se viene aquí todos los días a las 3. (C) Ven por favor, y siéntate.

7. change => changed, changing, changes

(A) My brother came in, changed his clothes, and went out again. (B) She changes her clothes two or three times a day. (C) You certainly haven’t changed very much. You look the same. (D) The tire is flat. You’ll have to change it. (A) Mi hermano entró, se cambió de ropa y volvió a salir. (B) Se cambia de ropa dos o tres veces al día. (C) Por cierto, no ha cambiado mucho. Estás igual. (D) La cubierta es plana. Vas a tener que cambiarlo.

8. notice => noticed, noticing, notices

(A) Have you noticed anything new about me? (B) I should have noticed your new hat, I guess. (C) Did you notice the number of that house? (D) Notice how well this suit fits! (A) ¿Ha notado algo nuevo acerca de mí? (B) Me he dado cuenta de que su sombrero nuevo, supongo. (C) ¿Te diste cuenta que el número de la casa? (D) Note qué tan bien se ajusta a este juego!

Word/Phrase Substitution Drills

1a What are you going to wear today?

1b What are you going to put on today?

2a I’m going to wear my blue suit. Is that all right?

2b I’m going to wear my aqua skirt. Is that all right?

2c I’m going to wear my tuxedo. Is that all right?

2d I’m going to wear my skirt and blouse. Is that all right?

2e I’m going to wear my new dress. Is that all right?

3a I have two suits to send to the cleaners.

3b I have a dress to send to the cleaners.

3c I have a pair of slacks to send to the cleaners.

4a I have some shirts to send to the laundry.

4b I have some underwear to send to the laundry.

4c I have shirts and socks to send to the laundry.

4d I have some dirty clothes to send to the laundry.

5a You ought to have that coat cleaned and pressed.

5b You ought to have that coat taken up in the sleeves.

5c You ought to have that coat let down in the sleeves.

5d You ought to have that coat tailored to fit you.

6a I’ve got to get this shirt washed and ironed.

6b I’ve got to get this dress washed and ironed.

6c I’ve got to get these clothes washed and ironed.

6d I’ve got to get these sheets and towels washed and ironed.

6e I’ve got to get these tablecloths washed and ironed.

6f I’ve got to get these linens washed and ironed.

7a All my suits are dirty . I don’t have anything to wear.

7b All my suits are wrinkled. I don’t have anything to wear.

7c All my suits are too short. I don’t have anything to wear.

7d All my suits are too small for me. I don’t have anything to wear.

7e All my suits are out of style. I don’t have anything to wear.

8a You’d better wear a light jacket. It’s chilly today.

8b You’d better wear a heavey jacket. It’s cold today.

8c You’d better wear something warm. It’s freezing today.

8d You’d better wear a lightweight suit. It’s hot today.

8e You’d better wear a raincoat. It’s rainy today.

8f You’d better wear gloves. It’s below zero today.

9a This dress doesn’t fit me anymore.

9b This dress doesn’t appeal to me anymore.

9c This dress doesn’t look good on me anymore.

10a I guess I’ve outgrown this pair of trousers.

10b I guess I’ve outgrown these old clothes.

10c I guess I’ve outgrown these swimming trunks.

10d I guess I’ve outgrown this bathing suit.

10e I guess I’ve outgrown these boots.

10f I guess I’ve outgrown my old house slippers.

10g I guess I’ve outgrown my bathrobe.

11a These shoes are worn-out. They’ve lasted a long time.

11b These shoes are worn-out. I’ve worn them a long time.

11c These shoes are worn-out. I’ve had them a long time.

11d These shoes are worn-out. They’ve been used for a long time.

12a I can’t fasten this collar button. Will you help me?

12b I can’t buckle this belt. Will you help me?

12c I can’t tie these shoestrings. Will you help me?

12d I can’t tie this tie. Will you help me?

12e I can’t unbutton this shirt. Will you help me?

12f I can’t tie these shoelaces. Will you help me?

13a Why don’t you get dressed now? Put on your work clothes.

13b Why don’t you get dressed now? Put on your good clothes.

13c Why don’t you get dressed now? Put on your shirt and tie.

13d Why don’t you get dressed now? Put on your evening dress.

13e Why don’t you get dressed now? Put on your white tie and tails.

13f Why don’t you get dressed now? Put on your best suit.

14a My brother came in, changed his clothes, and went out again.

14b My brother came in, undressed, and went to bed.

14c My brother came in, put on his best suit, and left for the party.

15a I didn’t notice you were wearing your new hat.

15b I hadn’t noticed that you were wearing your new hat.

15c It didn’t occur to me that you were wearing your new hat.

15d I didn’t realize that you were wearing your new hat.

15e I hadn’t realized you were wearing your new hat.

16a You’d better wear something warm. It’s cold today.

16b You should wear something warm. It’s cold today.

16c You ought to wear something warm. It’s cold today.

16d I suggest that you wear something warm. It’s cold today.

17a These clothes are wrinkled. They need to be pressed.

17b These clothes are dirty. They need to be washed.

17c These clothes are too long. They need to be taken up.

17d These clothes are too short. They need to be let down.

18a These shoes are old. They’re worn-out.

18b These shoes are fairly new. They’re in good condition.

Reading Practice

Have you noticed that men and women have very different opinions about clothing? Mr. Harper, for example, has probably been wearing the same clothes for several years and intends to wear them for several more. ¿Ha notado que los hombres y las mujeres tienen diferentes opiniones acerca de la ropa? Sr. Harper, por ejemplo, probablemente ha estado usando la misma ropa durante varios años y tiene la intención de usarlos para varios más.

He’s very happy if his clothes last for a long time. He only need a couple of suits and a sports coat and slacks. Occasionally he buys a shirt, a pair of socks, some underwear, or a new tie. Mr. Harper is confident that he has enough clothing. Él es muy feliz si su ropa durará mucho tiempo. Él sólo necesita un par de trajes y una chaqueta deportiva y pantalones. De vez en cuando se compra una camisa, un par de calcetines, algo de ropa interior, o un nuevo empate. Sr. Harper está convencido de que tiene suficiente ropa.

He thinks that his wife has plenty of clothes, too. She has several dresses, some skirts and blouses, and a few pairs of shoes. But when ever they plan to go out for the evening she says, “I don’t know what to do. I have nothing to wear.” “What about all the things in your closet?” Mr. Harper asks his wife. Él cree que su mujer tiene un montón de ropa, también. Ella tiene varios vestidos, algunas faldas y blusas, y unos cuantos pares de zapatos. Pero cuando cada vez que planean ir a pasar la noche, dice, “yo no sé qué hacer. No tengo nada que ponerme”. “¿Qué pasa con todas las cosas en su armario?” Sr. Harper le pide a su esposa.

But he knows what the answer will be. One dress is out of style, another is too small or too short, and the third just doesn’t appeal to her anymore. Pero él sabe lo que va a ser la respuesta. Un vestido es de moda, otro es demasiado pequeño o demasiado corto, y el tercero simplemente no le gusta a ella nunca más.

Sometimes Mr. Harper can persuade his wife that something from her closet looks good on her. But once in a while she insists on going shopping for a new dress and new shoes. A veces el señor Harper puede convencer a su esposa de que algo de su armario se ve bien en ella. Pero de vez en cuando ella insiste en ir a comprar un vestido nuevo y zapatos nuevos.

Mr. Harper talks a lot, but he doesn’t really mind if his wife buys new clothes once in a while. Actually, he likes her to look attractive when they go to the theater or to a party. Sr. Harper habla mucho, pero en realidad no importa si su mujer compra ropa nueva de vez en cuando. En realidad, le gusta lucir atractiva cuando van al teatro oa un partido.

Questions

1. Why do you think women need more clothing than men?

2. How long does Mr. Harper wear the same clothes?

3. What does he buy occasionally?

4. What does his wife have in her closet?

5. Why does she frequently say that she has nothing to wear?

6. Why doesn’t Mr. Harper mind if his wife buys new clothes once in a while?

7. Do you think men worry about styles as much as women do?

Conversation

Dialog 1

BILL: I don’t know what to wear today. Is it going to be cold or warm? BILL’S BROTHER: It looks like it’s going to rain today. You’d better take your raincoat. BILL: I can’t decide whether to wear my grey suit or the brown one. BILL’S BROTHER: Why don’t you wear the grey one? It’s not as heavy as the brown one. It may rain today, but it won’t be very cold. BILL: All right. What are you going to wear? BILL’S BROTHER: I think I’ll wear my new jacket and dark blue trousers. And if I can borrow your blue tie, I’ll wear that. I don’t have a blue tie. BILL: Of course you can have it All of my shirts are at the laundry, so I borrowed one of yours. I was sure you wouldn’t mind.

Dialog 2

ALICE: What kind of dress are you looking for? MARY: Since it’s getting warmer this time of year, I want something lightweight. What material do you think would be best? ALICE: Let’s see what there is. We can go to several stores. Personally, I like a cotton dress for spring. MARY: So do I. And I could wear it all summer, too. I want something I can use for a long time. ALICE: What color would you like? Yellow or green would be good colors for you. MARY: Oh! I want a white dress. ALICE: Are you sure? It’s not a very practical color. It gets dirty so fast. MARY: I know. But I’m getting married on Saturday, and white is the traditional color for a wedding dress.

Word List

anymore

aqua

bathing suit

bathrobe

below

blouse

boot

button

cleaners

collar

evening dress

glove

lightweight

linens

rainy

shoelaces

shoestrings

skirt

slacks

sleeve

slipper

swimming trunks

tablecloth

tails

trousers

tuxedo

underwear

wrinkled

Verb Forms

appeal (to)

buckle

clean

fasten

iron

let down

notice

occur

outgrow, outgrew (p.), outgrown (p. part.)

press

suggest

tailor

take up

tie

unbutton

undress

use

Expressions

all right

out of style

Supplementary Word List (Conversation and Reading Practice)

borrow

clothing

for example

sports coat

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