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Let’s talk about: To Dry or Too Dry?

What am I? The more I dry, the wetter I get! Answer: A Towel. Download the PDF below to find out why…

Let’s talk about “Dry”. It is an intransitive verb, a transitive verb, a reflexive verb, an adjective and a noun, it has quite a few different meanings and is used in lots of idiomatic expressions. How could you not love this 3-letter word!


All mpec courses are based on Conversation, Communication and Interaction and our main goal is to give our students the confidence to approach any topic or idea in English. Below, you will discover various forms and uses of the word ‘dry’ as well as some of the most typical idioms that use it.

Hey there, mpec People! This is your Conversation Club Handout!

PART 1: Warm Up

  • When might you use the expression ‘(as) dry as a bone’?
  • Have you ever been somewhere that was as dry as abone?
  • Describe it. Where on earth do you think it is as dry as a bone?

PART 2: Big Picture

  • How do you think you normally feel when you realise that you are home and dry?
  • (in any situaton) Have you ever been hung out to dry?
  • Do you remember a situation when someone you know was hung out to dry? Describe it!

PART 3: Let’s Zoom In On the Details!

  • “It’s about as exciting as watching paint dry” is an expression to say something is boring. Whatthings do you find so boring that you would describe them with this idiom?
  • “On the dry” is used to say someone has stopped drinking alcohol usually for a temporary periodof time (but not always). If you drink alcohol, have you ever gone on the dry? When/Why? If you don’t, do you know anyone who has? Talk about it.
  • Dry wit /Dry humour is when someone makes a joke while staying calm and not making anynoticable facial expressions. Do you like this type of humour? Do you find it easy or difficult to understand? Do you know anyone with this sense of humour? Who? tell us about them!

All mpec students are welcome to join our Conversation Club Zoom Sessions which take place every Tuesday, 6pm to 6.30 pm and Thursday from 1 to 1.30 pm from October to June. If you are not a part of the mpec community yet, please get in touch with us and we will partner with you to create the right course for your needs and goals. Live English Courses via Streaming


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