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Part 4 Dating and romance. Unit 18 Dating dilemma.

IdiomsИдиомы. Dating dilemma.Dating and romance → Dating dilemma
 
On a first date, who should pay for meals, drinks, tickets etc.? In the old days, the man would pick up the tab, but nowadays nobody is quite sure. Will the woman think he's a dinosaur if he pays? Or will she think he's mean if he doesn't?
Will the man be grateful if the woman suggests they go Dutch or will he be insulted? There's no right answer. You just have to play it by ear. Be sensitive to your partner's feelings and you'll probably get it right.
 

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Vocabulary:

pick up the tab - pay the total - расплачиваться по счетам; платить по счетам; платить по счёту; брать на себя оплату счета (в ресторане); платить за угощение
go Dutch - share costs on a date - платить свою часть за угощение; уплатить за себя
play it by ear - not follow a plan - действовать в зависимости от обстоятельств; поступать в зависимости от обстоятельств; принимать решение на месте; действовать по обстановке; импровизировать по ходу событий

 
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Exercises:

Переведите на родной язык:

The taxpayer has to pick up the tab for the government's mistakes.
He offered to pay for the meal, but we had all agreed to go Dutch.
We don't know what will happen, so we'll have to play it by ear.

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