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Hard: Going through the motions

Hard: Going through the motions

Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.

This episode is hard so we’re looking at more difficult football phrases and idioms.

Summary

Learn more football vocabulary with Premier Skills English. Each lesson in our Premier Vocabulary section looks at one football word or phrase. This lesson looks at the phrase to go through the motions

You can find more lessons on the side of this page.

Transcript

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to Premier Skills English - Premier Vocabulary.

Jack: Hi there! I’m Jack. We’re here to help you with your football English. Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. 

Rich: We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.

Jack: This episode is hard so we’re looking at more difficult football phrases and idioms. 


Rich: The phrase we are looking at in this episode is: to go through the motions.

Jack: The phrase is used to describe someone who is doing the things they usually do but is not very excited about doing it and doesn’t make too much effort.

Rich: A person who is planning on leaving their job soon might just be going through the motions.

Jack: They will probably still arrive on time and do their usual tasks but they might not do them with much enthusiasm and will probably not do more than they need to.

Rich: It’s not just individuals that go through the motions. We might hear about governments going through the motions of having talks with different groups of people.

Jack: If we hear this phrase being used it means that governments are holding the talks but there is unlikely to be any change.

Rich: So when you go through the motions of something you don’t have very much interest in your usual tasks even though you continue doing them.


Jack: The phrase to go through the motions is sometimes used in football and other sports.

Rich: When there are only a few matches of a season left there are some teams at the top battling to win the title and some teams at the bottom battling to avoid relegation.

Jack: These teams are playing to their maximum.

Rich: Then there are some teams in the middle that can’t win the title and can’t be relegated. Fans sometimes worry that these teams might just be going through the motions because they have nothing to play for.

Jack: If a team in the middle of the table loses easily at this point of the season, commentators often use the phrase they are on the beach already or are thinking of their holidays.

Rich: This is another way of saying that a team is just going through the motions.

Jack: But a team that has nothing to play for is often more relaxed and plays with more freedom and gets better results than usual.

Rich: Yes, teams that are already relegated often get good results and the other day I saw mid-table Southampton get an injury-time equaliser at Old Trafford.

Jack: That’s what I love about the Premier League. I don’t think you can ever accuse a team of just going through the motions.


Rich: There is the final whistle!

Jack: We’ll be back soon with more Premier Vocabulary from Premier Skills English.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

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Have you ever just gone through the motions?

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Michaelsun
20/02/2022
CN
738
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Yes, sometimes I go through the motions when the things are not right.


Michaelsun
20/02/2022 12:51
China
Manchester United
738

Yes, sometimes I go through the motions when the things are not right.

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Gabriel Amaral
12/05/2021
BR
1512
points

Not that I'm proud of it, but unfortunately yes.
Sometimes when I got some familiar appointments but I just want to watch football on TV.


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Gabriel Amaral
12/05/2021 16:03
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

Not that I'm proud of it, but unfortunately yes.
Sometimes when I got some familiar appointments but I just want to watch football on TV.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020
UA
6312
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Liverpool 2 : 1 Chelsea


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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020 16:55
Ukraine
Liverpool
6312

Liverpool 2 : 1 Chelsea

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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020
UA
6312
points

ManUnited 2 : 0 West Ham


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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020 16:54
Ukraine
Liverpool
6312

ManUnited 2 : 0 West Ham

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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020
UA
6312
points

As ton Villa 1 : 3 Arsenal


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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020 16:53
Ukraine
Liverpool
6312

As ton Villa 1 : 3 Arsenal

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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020
UA
6312
points

Watford 1 : 4 ManCity


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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020 16:52
Ukraine
Liverpool
6312

Watford 1 : 4 ManCity

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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020
UA
6312
points

Wolves 3 : 2 Crystal Palace


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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020 16:51
Ukraine
Liverpool
6312

Wolves 3 : 2 Crystal Palace

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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020
UA
6312
points

Sheffield 2 : 1 Everton


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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020 16:51
Ukraine
Liverpool
6312

Sheffield 2 : 1 Everton

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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020
UA
6312
points

Brighton 1 : 1 Newcastle


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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020 16:50
Ukraine
Liverpool
6312

Brighton 1 : 1 Newcastle

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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020
UA
6312
points

Tottenham 1 : 1 Leicester


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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020 16:48
Ukraine
Liverpool
6312

Tottenham 1 : 1 Leicester

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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020
UA
6312
points

Bournemouth 2 : 1 Southampton


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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020 16:45
Ukraine
Liverpool
6312

Bournemouth 2 : 1 Southampton

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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020
UA
6312
points

FA CUP tomorrow :

Manchester United 1 : 2 Chelsea


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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020 16:44
Ukraine
Liverpool
6312

FA CUP tomorrow :

Manchester United 1 : 2 Chelsea

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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020
UA
6312
points

FA CUP today :

Arsenal 2 : 2 Manchester City, 

The Gunners will win on penalties.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020 16:42
Ukraine
Liverpool
6312

FA CUP today :

Arsenal 2 : 2 Manchester City, 

The Gunners will win on penalties.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020
UA
6312
points

Before leaving my last job I just constantly felt myself going through the motions. Now I must get well-prepared for my future activities not to repeat the past mistakes.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/07/2020 03:27
Ukraine
Liverpool
6312

Before leaving my last job I just constantly felt myself going through the motions. Now I must get well-prepared for my future activities not to repeat the past mistakes.

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mobeckham
17/07/2020
TR
6511
points

I have just gone through the motions when I check my students exam papers as I have to do it because of schools system but I do it with no interest honestly.
Learning shouldn't be just for passing exams but it should be for getting more experience and exploring the world and yourself at first.


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mobeckham
17/07/2020 00:29
Turkey
Manchester United
6511

I have just gone through the motions when I check my students exam papers as I have to do it because of schools system but I do it with no interest honestly.
Learning shouldn't be just for passing exams but it should be for getting more experience and exploring the world and yourself at first.

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