Nice and Tidy

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 22, 2021 and last updated on February 4, 2023

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.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

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)

Conversation Questions

  • How important is it to be 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?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.