Today’s phrase is….
go to waste
Introduce it with some examples:
When I go out for dinner I often overeat because I hate to see good food go to waste.
He was a great guitarist but all that talent went to waste when he decided to become an accountant instead.
Meaning: fail to be used or taken advantage of
Put students in pairs or small groups and have them answer the following questions:
Which of these statements are true for you?
- I often buy food from the supermarket and end up throwing it away.
- I always overorder at restaurants.
- Wasting food/water makes me feel guilty.
- I eat food that is past its best before date.
- I would consider eating fruit and vegetables that supermarkets have thrown away.
- I’ve worked hard on projects that have ended up failing or not going anywhere.
- I can think of sportspeople, musicians or other celebrities who have wasted their talent.