making excuses in English

How to ‘pull a sickie’ in English

Let’s be honest – Sometimes you just really don’t want to go out.
It’s pouring with rain, you’re exhausted, you don’t feel like getting dressed up! You just want to lie in bed, have a cuppa and read your book. But obviously you can’t say that to your friends! You’re going to have to give a better reason for skipping the party. So you need some language for making excuses in English:

There’s some great English vocabulary to describe this situation. PULL A SICKIE or GET OUT OF SOMETHING are my two favourites. Have you ever pulled a sickie? Do you often try to get out of social events?

You can use illness as an excuse:

Sorry, I’m not going to make it to the party……

I’ve got a splitting headache and I feel really dizzy.

I think I’ve got food poisoning. I’ve been throwing up all day.

I’ve got some kind of tummy bug and I’ve spent all day in the bathroom.

I’m full of cold and my throat is killing me. I wouldn’t want to pass it on to anyone there.

Or you can use a practical problem:

Sorry, I’m not going to make it for lunch today……

Our boiler is broken so we’ve got no heating or hot water. I need to wait in for the repair man..

My car has broken down so I can’t get there..

Look at the English vocabulary in bold. Do you know what it means? Write any useful vocabulary or sentences in your notebook!

So, in your opinion, which of the above excuses works best for ‘pulling a sickie’?! Do you think you would be good at making excuses in English?! Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

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