persuade /pəˈsweɪd/: to make someone do or believe something by giving them a good reason to do it or by talking to that person and making them believe it. (synonym: convince ≠ dissuade /dɪˈsweɪd/; deter  /dɪˈtɜːr/)


 If she doesn't want to go, nothing you can say will persuade her.

 Using a bunch of bananas, the zoo-keeper persuaded the monkey back into its cage.

 wonder /ˈwʌn.dər/: to ask yourself questions or express a wish to know about something.


 Shouldn't you phone home? Your parents will be wondering where you are.

 A: "Have you decided where you're going next summer?"
         B: "I've been wondering about (= considering) going to Florida."

 go off: to leave a place and go somewhere else.


 She's gone off on holiday with Tony.

 You're too young to go off on your own.

 take it easy: rest, relax, or be calm.

 You’d better take it easy until you feel better.

 Take it easy – don’t get mad.

 afford  /əˈfɔːd/: can afford: to be able to buy or do something because you have enough money or time.


 I don't know how he can afford a new car on his salary.

 We can't afford another trip abroad this year.

 accommodation /əˌkɒm.əˈdeɪ.ʃən/: a place to live, work, stay, etc. in.


 There's a shortage of cheap accommodation (= places to live).

 The price includes travel and accommodation but meals are extra.

 put sb up: to provide someone with a place to stay temporarily.


 Sally is putting me up for the weekend.

 Najat's relatives can put us up.

 hitchhike /ˈhɪtʃ.haɪk/: to travel by getting free rides in someone else's vehicle.


 I would never hitchhike on my own.

 Two months ago they hitchhiked to Paris.

 think sth over: to consider an idea or plan carefully before making a decision.


 I'll think it over and give you an answer next week.

 I need some time to think over his proposal.

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