to nag somebody

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Expressions | 4 comments

to nag somebody

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Expressions | 4 comments

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: Scottish

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: Scottish

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you wouldn't the time! I'm old anymore.

I you wouldn't me all the time! I'm 10 old anymore.

About the sentence

to nag somebody

to nag somebody = to frequently/repeatedly ask somebody to do something in an annoying way, or to frequently/repeatedly criticise somebody for something.

Imagine someone asks you to do something (e.g. to take out the rubbish). You are planning on doing it later, but the person asks you again and again. They are nagging you.


This sentence contains an example of an advanced wish structure.

When we make a wish about the present, we use: I wish + past, e.g. I wish I had a car.

However, when we make a wish about someone else, we can use: I wish + subject + would + verb, e.g. I wish you would stop talking...I wish my neighbours wouldn't argue all the time.

We often use this structure when someone is doing something annoying. We only use this structure when we're making a wish about an action - we don't use it with state verbs.

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  • When you were growing up, did your parents use to nag you about anything?

  • Does anyone nag you all the time (e.g. your partner, your boss, a colleague)? Make a wish about this using the structure in the second dictation (I wish they wouldn't...).

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Omg this idiom remind me my mom , always she is nagging me , I think that probably she doesn’t remember that I’m almost 30. She said : you have to eat this , “you have to dress that, don’t do this. Don’t do that”
..I love her with all my heart but sometimes it is quite annoying .Hopefully, I think that when she have a grandchildren , she is going to look after them and she will not worry about me …..

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1) Yes, when I was a little girl, my mother used to nag me all the time to stop jumping on the bed
2) I wish my mom wouldn’t restrict me use contact lens because she doesn’t trust me

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