may/might as well

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

may/might as well

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

Do you know the English expression "may/might as well"? This micro-dictation contains this idiom - how much of the sentence can you understand?

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: Ireland

Do you know the English expression "may/might as well"? This micro-dictation contains this idiom - how much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: Ireland

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If aren't do revision you as just go the
If you aren't to do any revision you as well just go to the

About the sentence

may/might as well

If you say that you may as well do something or you might as well do something, it means that you will do something even though you don't have a strong desire to do it.

Often this is because there is no better alternative, and doing it will not make any difference to your situation. In this sentence, not going to the exam is a bad option, but it will not make any difference to your situation (because if you go to the exam, you will definitely fail it).

For example, imagine you are at a party but don't know anyone. You aren't enjoying yourself and don't feel very comfortable, so you think to yourself: "I might as well go home". This means that you don't especially want to go home, but it is probably a better option than staying at this party.


Notice the pronunciation of 'going to' as /gənə/. This is very common in spoken English, but you should avoid using 'gonna' in written English except for very informal situations.

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  • Once I had to catch a flight at 5am. My plan was to pack the night before, go to bed early and then wake up at about 2am to leave for the airport. Unfortunately, I wasn't very organised and I didn't finish packing until 1am. I decided that it was too late to go to bed, and that I would probably feel worse if I only slept for an hour. So I decided that I might as well just stay awake - I didn't really want to stay awake, but there was no better alternative.

    Try and think of your own example like this - describe a situation which ended with you doing something because there was no better alternative.

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Once I was at a one seminar. Very fast I realised that it was not something new or useful, and I would just waste time there. Even I felt very uncomfortable to stand up and go out, I thought I may as well do that instead of being bored with the speech. So I left the seminar very quietly and joined another one.

Maybe not so good role model, but…)

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About the last sentence… I’m afraid I don’t understand what do you mean.

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