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What gets on your nerves?


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There are many things that people get irritated by, and a lot of the time what gets on one person’s nerves doesn’t affect another. Usually the things that get on people’s nerves are fairly minor, however, there are some cases where it can irritate someone so much they have to do something about it!


Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question.

Annoy (Verb) = to make someone angry or upset.
Example: “These adverts are really annoy me”.

irritate (Verb) = to annoy someone.
Example: “The way she eats food really irritates me!”.

Get on somebody’s nerves (Phrase) = to annoy someone, especially by doing something again and again.
Example: “People who are always talking about themselves really get on my nerves”.

Can’t stand (somebody/something) (Phrase) = to dislike or hate somebody or something.
Example: “I can't stand the smell of cigarettes”.

The Question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.

What gets on your nerves?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to What gets on your nerves?
  • What would you say irritates you the most?
  • Do you do anything that gets on peoples' nerves?
  • Have you ever told someone to stop doing something because it gets on your nerves?
  • How would you feel if someone told you that you do something that really irritates or annoys them?

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