Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Robert Pattinson: Secret Guilty Pleasures

                                                                    Robert Pattinson


Question:  What are your guilty pleasures?
Robert Pattinson Answer:  If I could just cut out beer, that’s one thing. And I’m, like, a compulsive eater.  I’m going to be so fat when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.


We all have our bad habits.  Often we are secretive about them except with our friends.  Of course in Robert Pattinson’s case, he is a mega-star and is accustomed to sharing information in an interview situation. 


Guilty pleasure 1: beer
"If I could just cut out beer, that’s one thing."

Robert Pattinson wants to ‘cut out’ or stop drinking’ beer. 

To cut something out  = to stop doing something (common/informal 
                                                                                                                       expression)

This response is straight forward.  However, there is an unspoken
idea between the speaker and listener regarding this guilty pleasure:

If I could just cut out beer, _____________. That’s one thing.
                                           (Unspoken idea)    
If I could just cut out beer, I would be healthy. That’s one thing.

The listener can guess the result of ‘cutting out beer’ from the topic/idea of the question: ‘guilty pleasures’. Robert and the interviewer share this common knowledge without saying the idea of 'being healthy'.

Guilty pleasure 2: compulsive eating
"And I’m, like, a compulsive eater." 
Robert’s second guilty pleasure is ‘compulsive eating’.

like,  =  similar to/for example

Robert uses ‘like’ to introduce the 'compulsive eater' idea.   The word ‘like’ gives him time to think of an answer.  There is a pause in voice between ‘like’ and ‘a compulsive eater’.  The use of ‘like’ sounds casual.
 
Conversational Speaking Pattern and Practice

Answer:  If I could just cut out beer, that’s one thing. And I’m, like, a compulsive eater.  I’m going to be so fat when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Ex. 1
If I could just cut out pop, that’s one thing.
And I’m, like, always eating ice cream.  I’m going to be so overweight when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Ex. 2
If I could just cut out candy, that’s one thing.
And I’m, like, a chocoholic.  I’m going to be so chubby when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Ex. 3
If I could just cut out smoking, that’s one thing.
And I’m, like, always playing video games online.  I’m going to be so out of shape when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Ex. 4
If I could just cut out gambling, that’s one thing.
And I’m, like, a compulsive shopper.  I’m going to be so poor when I’m older, it’s ridiculous.

Until next week enjoy the Robert Pattinson's fan sites and new movie trailers!




Robert Pattinson Fan sites:

Trailer One Breaking Dawn
 Trailer Two Breaking Dawn

 Trailer Water for Elephants



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