In this text you can find some useful expressions to make suggestions. Watch the video and read the text.


Allie: I got a message this morning. It’s from Jacques.

Jacques: (on the answerphone) Allie, it’s Jacques. I’m in Rome. My return flight’s been cancelled. There’s a small problem. Scarlett Scarpino is in Paris for her concert this evening. I was going to look after her today. Could you possibly take care of her? Thank you. And see you later.

Allie: You’ve met Scarlett Scarpino, haven’t you, Ben?

Ben: The punk princess? Yeah, I met her in London last year.

Allie: What’s she like?

Ben: Let’s say she’s a bit…difficult.

Allie: What are we going to do with her?

Mark: Why don’t you show her around Paris?

Allie: I have a better idea. Why don’t you show her around Paris?

Mark: What, me? I’m new here!

Allie: You can’t leave me to do this on my own.

Mark: OK, why don’t we take her to Nôtre Dame? I mean, it’s her first time in Paris, isn’t it?

Ben: I don’t think churches are really her thing.

Mark: How about taking her on a boat trip?

Allie: Brilliant!

Mark: And then we could go up the Eiffel Tower.

Allie: That’s a good idea. I’m sure she’ll love the view.

Ben: And she might fall off!

Mark: Thanks for your help, Ben. Shall we have lunch after that?

Allie: Let’s go somewhere really nice. Do you have any recommendations, Ben?

Ben: What about La Renaissance? Its Jacques’s favourite.

Allie: That sounds perfect. Er, Ben, do you want to come too?

Ben: Sorry, Allie. I’m really busy. But I’m sure you’ll have an unforgettable meal.


Now practise saying the expressions in red.

Adapted from: Oxenden, Clive, and Christina Latham-Koenig. New English File Intermediate. Student’s Book. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.