#61 – TO HAPPEN TO


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Transcript
Hallo everyone, it’s Luke here, it’s Phrasal Verb time again. It’s Monday. I hope you had a good weekend. I hope you managed to rest and stuff. The weather was beautiful where I was. I was back in England and the weather was fantastic.
That’s right, I was in England and the weather was fantastic. It’s true! It doesn’t always rain. Sometimes, for a few minutes, we see the sun. Anyway, I had a nice weekend, I had good weather and I ate some delicious food. That’s right; I was in England, the weather was good, and the food was good. It happens sometimes.

Anyway, today’s Phrasal Verb… I’m going to teach you a phrase that you might already know, but actually I wanted to warn you of something. You might think, when you see Phrasal Verbs, or you encounter these episodes, you might think ‘Well I know that Phrasal Verb. That’s fine. I’m in control. I’m the master of my own domain. I know this Phrasal Verb. Nothing to worry about here.’ But you just think twice because do you really know it? Do you know all of the phrases that are associated with it? For example, if you see the expresion ‘Get up’ you might think ‘I know this means that… when you rise from your bed in the morning’. But did you also realize that ‘To get it up’ can mean something rude? Just watch out! Don’t get complacent! Just realize that there’s always something to learn from each of these Phrasal Verb episodes. Even if you think that you know the phrase in question. Do you know it all? Do you know it 360 degrees? Inside out? Let’s see…

Today’s Phrasal Verb is HAPPEN TO
Now you might know that this means that an event or an action takes place which effects you. For example, if something HAPPENS TO you – it means that something takes place which effects you.
– You’re the best thing that’s ever HAPPENED TO me.
Meaning – meeting you is the best thing that I’ve ever experienced.
– I hope nothing has HAPPENED TO her. Where is she? She’s a bit late. I hope she’s okay. I hope nothing has HAPPENED TO her.
Meaning – I hope that nothing bad has occurred involving her.

We use this as a way of saying that something changes or developes in a particular way.
– We don’t understand what’s HAPPENING TO the economy.
– What is HAPPENING TO the financial system?
– What’s HAPPENING TO the environment?
– What is HAPPENING TO the climate in this country?

We can use this as a way of reffering to something bad that might take place. And it’s usually used with the word ‘anything’.
– If anything HAPPENS TO bla bla bla…
That’s a way of reffering to something bad happening.
– If anything HAPPENS TO me when I’m gone just remember that I’ll always love you.
– If anything HAPPENS during this flight just remember that I love you.
– Where is she? I hope she’s alright. If anything’s HAPPENED TO her I’ll never forgive myself.

We use HAPPEN TO or HAPPENED TO in questions as a way of asking about where something is or even questioning where something is now. For example:
– What HAPPENED TO the newspaper that was on this table?
– I left some biscuits on this table, do you know what HAPPENED TO the biscuits which I left on this table?
That’s a way of saying the biscuits aren’t here now and I want to know where they are.
– Jeff, do you know what HAPPENED TO the biscuits that I left here? No? You’ve got no idea? Sorry Jeff, but I can’t hear you because you’re speaking with your mouth full. Oh! I see! You ate them, didn’t you, Jeff? That’s alright. Don’t try to answer! I should have known. I should know better than to leave biscuits just lying around when Jeff’s in the room. Jeff, you owe me some biscuits, okay?! You’re going to have to pay me back… with biscuits.”
– What HAPPENED TO the biscuits that were left on this table?

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO – is a way of questioning where something is now; what’s something doing now and often in reference to a person.
– Whatever HAPPENED TO MC Hammer? Where did he go? He just disappeared, didn’t he? He had that big hit “Can’t touch this” and then he just disappeared. Whatever HAPPENED TO MC Hammer? Whatever HAPPENED TO Vanilla Ice? He was massively famous in the ’90 and then he just disappeared. Whatever HAPPENED TO him?
– Whatever HAPPENED TO that girl that you used to know? Whatever HAPPENED TO her?
– You used to be really good friends with that guy George, whatever HAPPENED TO George? Do you ever see him any more?

And sometimes we use WHATEVER HAPPENED TO bla bla bla as a way of saying that this thing doesn’t exist any more.
– Whatever HAPPENED TO the idea of a musician just making music for the music and not for the fame or the money?
– Whatever HAPPENED TO the idea of a musician as an artist? Not just some celebrity?
– Whatever HAPPENED TO the integrity of the artists?
– Whatever HAPPENED TO that idea of a teacher… of leaving a gift for your teacher at the end of class, ha? Whatever HAPPENED TO the idea?
– Whatever HAPPENED TO all the heroes?

There you go. That’s your Phrasal Verb of the day. If you want to, you can support Luke’s English Podcast by leaving a donation. Just go to teacherluke.wordpress.com and then you can leave a donation by clicking the Donate button.
– Whatever HAPPENED TO supporting starving teachers by leaving them donations? Whatever HAPPENED TO the idea?

Anyway, that’s the end of the Phrasal Verb episode. Bye for now!
Now watch this video: (The Stranglers, “No More Heroes” 1977 – Top of the Pops) – Lyrics Below

LYRICS
Whatever happened to Leon Trotsky?
He got an ice pick
That made his ears burn

Whatever happened to dear old Lenny?
The great Elmyra, and Sancho Panza?
Whatever happened to the heroes?
Whatever happened to the heroes?

Whatever happened to all the heroes?
All the Shakespearoes?
They watched their Rome burn
Whatever happened to the heroes?
Whatever happened to the heroes?

No more heroes any more
No more heroes any more

Whatever happened to all the heroes?
All the Shakespearoes?
They watched their Rome burn
Whatever happened to the heroes?
Whatever happened to the heroes?

No more heroes any more
No more heroes any more

  • Denis Paraschuk

    1. What happened to you? You’re looking so strange!
    2. What is happening to the people? They are angry.
    3. If anything happens to our car, please, don’t worry – we’ll buy a new one.
    4. What happened to the candies? Oh, I see, this is my son :)
    5. Whatever happened to John? He was here. I’ve been looking for him for several hours, but can’t find him.
    6. Whatever happened to my suggestion regarding a new project? I know, you didn’t support it…

  • María José

    Something marvellous happened to me! Can I come over and tell you?
    What is happening to the world? Looks like its getting mad.
    Don´t you worry, nothing will happen to me, I promise.
    What happened to my phone? I left it here!
    Whatever happened to the idea of love?

  • kamil

    I will not get complacent ! I promise! Being with her is the best thing that has ever happened to me! What happened to you? Why are so pale? Something must have happened to here. She should be here by now. What happened to the idea of being kind? Whatever happened to him? He looks weird.

  • M

    Hi, Luke, thank you for your advice and that you correct me. I thought that I could use “what” as well.
    You right….I do not think so…. If we had lost independence we would not speak with each other on net now. But it depends on the place and time…. I hope that It do not sound too radical. Look at Ukraine or China….
    Thanks for these section of Phrase verbs. because it really helps me a lot.
    and I think, “I am not only one”.
    M (Prague)

  • MM

    What happened to the idea of freedom and democracy under the pressure of the market and big international companies.
    What happened to the idea of our independence and freedom under the pressure of the media and advertisement.

    • We usually use “Whatever happened to…?” in order to talk about things/ideas which we have lost. Do you think we’ve lost the things you mentioned there?