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admit
In court the accused admitted (to) stolen the documents.
avoid
I always try to avoid driving in the rush hour.
be worth
It isn't worth going to the exhibition. It's really boring.
can't help
We can't help laughing when my dad tries to speak French. His accent is awful!
can't stand
I can't stand talking to people who only talk about themselves.
carry on*
We carried on chatting until about 2.00 in the morning.
deny
Miriam denied killing her husband but the jury didn't believe her.
enjoy
I used to enjoy flying but now I don't.
fancy
Do you fancy seeing a film this evening?
feel like
I don't feel like going out tonight.
finish
Have you finished writing the report yet?
give up*
Karen has given up eating meat but she still eats fish.
keep (on)
I keep (on) telling my husband to lose some weight but he just won't listen.
look forward to
We are really looking forward to seeing you again.
imagine
I can't imagine living in the country. I think I would get bored after a week.
involve
My boyfriend's job involves travelling at least once a month.
mind
I don't mind doing housework. I find it quite relaxing.
miss
Does your father miss working now that he has retired?
postpone
We'll have to postpone going to the beach until the weather improves.
practise
The more you practise speaking English the more fluent you'll get.
recommend
I recommend doing a double decker bus tour as the best way to see London.
regret
I regret not travelling more before I got my first job.
risk
If were you I wouldn't risk walking through the park at night.
spend
I spent half an hour looking for my glasses this morning.
stop
Once I open a box of chocolates, I can't stop eating them.
suggest
A friend of mine suggested visiting London in the autumn.
afford
I can't afford to go on holiday this summer.
agree
I have agreed to pay David back the money he lent me next week.
appear
The results appear to support the scientist's theory.
arrange
I've arranged to meet Sally outside the restaurant.
be able
I won't be able to work for two weeks after the operation.
can't wait
We can't wait to see your new flat - it sounds fantastic.
choose
I chose to study abroad for a year, and it's the best thing I've ever done.
decide
They've decided to call off the wedding.
deserve
Kim deserves to get the job. She's a very strong candidate.
expect
We're expecting to get our exam results on Friday.
happen
Tom happened to be at Alan's when I called in so I invited him to our party as well.
help*
The organization I work for helps young people to find work abroad.
hesitate
Don't hesitate to ask a member of staff if you need anything.
hope
I'm hoping to set up my own company if I can get a bank loan.
learn
I wish I had learnt to play the guitar when I was younger.
make
When I was at school, we were made to wear a uniform. It was awful.
manage
Did you manage to get to the airport in time?
offer
Lucy has offered to give me a lift to the station.
plan
We're planning to have a big party to celebrate.
pretend
I pretended to be enthusiastic but really I didn't like the idea at all.
promise
Sarah always promises to help me in the kitchen but she never does.
refuse
My neighbour refused to turn down the music and I had to call the police.
seem
Something seems to be wrong with the washing machine.
teach
Jack's father taught him to drive when he was seventeen.
tend
My boss tends to lose her temper when she's feeling stressed.
threaten
The teacher threatened to call my parents and tell them what I had done.
want
The police want to interview anyone who witnessed the crime.
would like
Would you like to try the dress on? The changing rooms are over there
can
Can you help me carry these suitcases?
may
There's a lot of traffic today, so we may be a bit late.
might
It might rain tomorrow, so please bring.an umbrella or a raincoat.
must
I must remember to phone Harry - it's his birthday today.
should
Should we book a table for tomorrow night? It's a very popular restaurant.
had better
You'd better leave now if you want to catch that train.
would rather
You look tired. Would you rather stay in this evening and watch a film?
make
Sue makes her two teenagers do the washing up every evening after dinner.
let
Let me pay for coffee - it must be my turn.