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Nice and Tidy


Read through the following text and look up any vocabulary you are not sure about before answering the questions.

Keeping your home, office or desk tidy is essential for some people, whereas others don’t think it is very important. Those people that are tidy often take pride in keeping things organised and in their place, and most people would agree that being tidy is a good thing.

Having said that, people’s definition of tidy is often different, and those who may consider a desk tidy others would consider it very untidy. Whatever your definition of tidy is, it is hard to argue that there are no benefits to being tidy.


Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary
  • tidiness (noun)
  • tidy up (phrasal verb)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • benefit (someone/something) (verb)
  • importance (noun)
  • effect (noun)
  • definitely (adverb)

The Question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.
How important is it to be tidy?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Nice and Tidy
  • Would you consider yourself a tidy person?
  • Is it possible to be too tidy?
  • Do you know anyone who is obsessively tidy?
  • Are there some areas of your life where you are tidy and others where you are untidy?
  • What is the biggest benefit of being tidy?
  • What are some of the negative effects of being very tidy?

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