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Speak English Around Town Lesson 12 Idioms, Proverbs, Expressions MCQ Test

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LESSON 12 – Visiting the Dentist


Tina visits her dentist, Dr. Li, for a checkup. After taking X-rays, Dr. Li tells Tina she ‘II need to replace a.filling.

Dr. Li: Have your teeth been giving you any trouble since your last checkup?

Tina: The back molar on the lower left has been killing me!

Dr. Li: Let’s see here. It looks like the filling is loose.

Tina: Isn’t that the same one you replaced last year?

Dr. Li: I’ll need to check. I can’t remember off the top of my head.

Tina: Also, one of my top right teeth is a little sensitive.

Dr. Li: Which one?

Tina: This one.

Dr. Li: Okay, I’ll take a look. It looks a little discolored. We’ll get a set of X-rays today to get to the bottom of it.

Tina: X-rays? Will that be an out-of-pocket expense?

Dr. Li: No, you’re due for a set. It’ll be covered by your insurance.

(Dr. Li takes the X-rays.)

Dr. Li: (looking at X-rays): Let me give these a once over … It looks like we can hold off on that top tooth.

Tina: It does hurt, but maybe it’s just a figment of my imagination!

Dr. Li: Call us if it keeps acting upIn the meantime, we’ll need to replace that filling. Please make an appointment for that.


Language Lens: One/Ones

“One” and “ones” can be used to substitute for a noun that was just mentioned.

Look at this example from the dialogue:

Dr. Li: It looks like the filling is loose.
Tina: Isn’t that the same one you replaced last year?

Tina says “one” rather than repeating the noun (filling). She could have also said: “Isn’t that the same filling you replaced last year?”

Other examples with “one”:
◼ “Do you like the red or the blue jacket?” – “I like the red one.”
◼ “I don’t have a tie to wear to dinner.” – “Let me lend you one.”
◼ “Which ring do you like?” – “I like the one on the top shelf.”
◼ “I’d like a chocolate chip cookie.” – “We have two different kinds, one with nuts and the other without nuts. Which one do you want?”

When referring to a plural noun, use “ones.”
◼ “Those pastries look delicious!” – “Which ones?”
◼ “Please water the plants.” – “Which ones?” – “The ones in the kitchen.”

Look at another example from the dialogue:

Tina: Also, one of my top right teeth is a little sensitive.
Dr. Li: Which one?

You may wonder why the dentist doesn’t say, “Which ones?'” since “teeth” are mentioned. In this case, however, we know Tina is talking about one of her teeth.


  • (to) act up

 to start hurting

Example: Rick had to stop running because his knees were acting up.

  • checkup

 a medical examination (usually given on a regular schedule)

Example: Jennifer needs to call her doctor and schedule her annual checkup.

  • covered by

 paid for by; reimbursable as part of an insurance plan

Example: Lisa’s stay at the hospital cost $16,000. Fortunately, all of that will be covered by insurance.

  • due for

 ready to have; time for something to happen

Example: “I haven’t been to the eye doctor in years.” -“You must be due for an exam.”

  • figment of one’s imagination

 something that seems real but is not; something made up or imagined

Example: Was it just a figment of my imagination, or did our boss say he would be closing the office early tomorrow?

  • (to) get to the bottom of something

 to find the source of a problem or issue

Example: My newspaper disappears from my office every day. I’ve got to get to the bottom of it.

  • (to) give something a once over

 to look at something, often quickly

Example: If you have a few minutes, could you please give my essay a once over?

  • (to) give someone trouble

 to hurt someone; to bother

Example: Ever since the car accident, Nancy’s neck has been giving her trouble.

  • (to) hold off

 to wait to do something; to delay

Example: We’d like to buy a new car, but we ‘re going to hold off until the new models are released.

  • in the meantime

 until something else happens; while something else is happening

Example: The aspirin will make your headache go away in about half an hour. In the meantime, take a hot shower.

  • killing someone

 giving someone a lot of pain; hurting badly

Example: Mary’s stomach was killing her, so she left work early.

  • (to) make an appointment

 to schedule a meeting with someone, such as a doctor, lawyer, or other specialist

Example: Our dog Bailey is not eating. I need to make an appointment with the veterinarian.

  • off the top of my head

 from memory; without checking notes

Example: “Do you know Beth’s email address?” -“Not off the top of my head. I’ll need to look it up.”

  • out-of-pocket expense

 an expense that insurance does not pay for

Example: The dentist offers a treatment to make your teeth whiter, but it’s an out-of-pocket expense.

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