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Proficiency Phrase of the Day #22: All of a sudden…

Today’s phrase is…

All of a sudden

Introduce it with some examples:

All of a sudden, the power went out and we were left in complete darkness.

We were driving along the highway when all of a sudden a deer ran out in front of us.

Lead students to the meaning: suddenly/unexpectedly.


  • Have you ever had a near miss while travelling in a car/bus/other vehicle? What happened?
  • Have you ever been shocked, scared or surprised by a sudden unexpected event? What happened?
  • Are you a fan of horror films? Can you remember any particularly good jump scares?
  • Invent the perfect jump scare from a horror film. The ingredients are: a spooky situation, tension building, a distraction or misdirect, the sudden appearance of something horrifying.

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


Barcelona based English Teacher, blogger and sometime actor and director.

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