Situation 37 The Mistake
Erina has her first day at work but makes a big mistake and has two work with Mike to fix it.
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Erina: Hello, Campus Pizza.
Mike: Hey Erina, it's Mike.
Erina: Oh, hi Mike. What's wrong?
Mike: Well I just delivered a pizza to this guy, and he said he talked to you and he ordered a ham pineapple pizza, half of it with no pineapples, and there's double the pineapples on it.
Erina: Oh my gosh, what was I thinking? I must have written it down wrong.
Mike: It's okay, don't worry about it. It's your first day, and it might have just been an English mistake. But listen, I need you to tell Jeff to make a new one right away.
Erina: But Mike, Jeff is on his break right now. What should I do with the pizza then?
Mike: Well, it's pretty easy, it's pretty much already pre-made. You've made pizza before, do you think you can do it?
Erina: Yeah, I think so.
Mike: Okay, now you'll find all the ingredients there, you put on tomato sauce, leave the crust empty, put on the ham, and make sure you only put pineapples on half of the pizza.
Erina: Okay, I'll make sure. I'll do that.
Mike: You put it in the oven for 6 minutes, and I should be back in 10 minutes to pick it up.
Mike: One more thing Erina.
Erina: What is it?
Erina: Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, too. I will work on it right now.
Mike: Okay, I'll be back in 10 minutes. See you soon.
Erina: Thanks Mike.
Oh, my gosh. What was I thinking?
The phrase 'What was I thinking?' is used to show the speaker made a mistake and regrets it. You can also say 'What were you thinking?' if listener thinks the speaker made a big mistake. Notice the following:
- I forgot to put gas in my car. Ugh! What was I thinking?
- You forgot your wife's birthday! What were you thinking?
I should be back in ten minutes to pick it up.
Here, the phrase 'pick it up' means to go and collect something. You can pick up a thing, like a pizza, or you can pick up a person, as in pick up the kids at school. Notice the following.
- My dry cleaning should be done. I need to pick it up today.
- She went to pick her friend up at the airport.
Why don't you throw in a extra order of breadsticks.
Here, the phrase throw in means to include something. When you throw something in, you can add it to something else even though it was not needed. Here are some more uses:
- The teacher threw in a few difficult questions for the smart students.
- When I opened my lunch, I was happy to see my mom threw in some chocolates.
Throw in some breadsticks just to make him happy.
Here the phrase 'just to' means 'in order to'. The word 'just' means 'simply' or 'only' and shows the main reason for doing something. Notice the following:
- You should take extra clothes just to be safe.
- She stayed late just to make sure the work got done.
I will work on it right now.
The phrase 'work on it' just means to 'do something'. Here 'work on it' means make the pizza. Notice the following uses of the phrase 'work on it'.
- I have not finished the assignment. I am still working on it.
- I can't finish the project now, but we will work on it next week.