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In this lesson, we will learn how to use ‘throw away’.
Andy: Hello, everybody. Today we’re going to talk about the expression ‘throw away’.
Debby: Hi, Andy. Hello, everyone. ‘Throw away’ is a common expression that means to discard something you don’t want, or need, anymore.
Andy: That’s right. Imagine you have an old T-shirt that has a hole in it. You will never wear this shirt again, so you throw it away. In other words, you put it in a trash can.
Debby: Andy, do we only throw objects away?
Andy: No. Sometimes we use this expression in a figurative way. For example, when you spend a lot of time or money doing something and the result is not what you want, you say you throw away your time or money.
Debby: I see…I spent a lot of money on a car that looked new, but never worked. So I can say that I threw my money away.
Andy: Yes, that’s exactly right.
Debby: Ok. I think I get it.
Andy: Let’s take a look at some dialogues with different examples.
Jeff: Well, honey, we need to talk about our son.
Ruth: I know. He spent all that time and money to become a doctor and now wants to leave everything and become a singer.
Jeff: How can he throw away a college education like that?
Ruth: I know! We have to talk to him. We need to help him see that this is crazy!
Jeff: I talked to him for a long time yesterday, but he just wouldn’t listen to me. He said he’s made his decision. I feel like I threw away two hours of my life talking to him.
Ruth: No, honey. You did what you had to do. He has to understand that he is throwing away many future opportunities.
Jeff: You’re right. Let’s talk to him one more time, together.
Ruth: Yes. We must at least try.
Andy: Excuse me, sir. I think you dropped this.
Jeff: What? Oh, no. I threw it away.
Andy: On the floor? There is a trash can right over there.
Jeff: Well, you’re right. I’m in a hurry. I didn’t see the trash can. Thank you.
Andy: No problem.
Ruth: Hey, Debby. Did you go to the game yesterday?
Debby: Yes, and I’m sorry I did. I threw my money away! What a horrible game!!
Ruth: I agree. I threw away an opportunity to go out with Eric because of that stupid game.
Debby: Why didn’t you invite him to go with you?
Ruth: He doesn’t like football. But I’m glad he didn’t go. Why throw his money away, too?
Debby: You’re right, of course.