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Proficiency Phrase of the Day #21 – Go to waste…

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.

Here’s the Quizlet set of all the previous phrases of the day.


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