at one’s worst: showing the most unpleasant side of sb.
E.g. I'm at my worst in the morning.
This problem over late paying has shown him at his worst.
take care of: be responsible for; deal with
E.g. Her secretary took care of all her appointments.
All the travel plans have been taken care of.
have nothing to do with: have no connection with
E.g. In the evening he likes to read books which have nothing to do with his work.
He’s a thief and a liar; I’d have nothing to do with him, if I were you.
(1). go to a further or the next stage; go on
E.g. Having said how much she liked it, she then proceeded to make critical comments about the way I'd done it.
Let's proceed to the next question.
(2). make one's way; go
E.g. The crowd proceeded to the church.
Proceed to the next light, and then turn left.
buy time: delay an action or decision that seems to be coming too soon
E.g. She tried to buy time by doing a lot of talking.
upon/on + doing/noun: no sooner than; hardly … when
E.g. Upon death, the old man’s house and other properties passed to his son.
make it clear that…: emphasize; clarify; make … understood
E.g. The survey makes it clear that lung cancer is closely associated with heavy smoking.
II. After Reading Activities
1. Summary of the Text
Mark, a Black, and his girlfriend Gail decided to marry him after being together for two years, experiencing the usual ups and downs of a couple, learning to know, understand and respect each other. They tried to avoid the mistake made by many couples of marrying for the wrong reasons, only to learn more about tolerance, compromise and being open with each other despite their racial and cultural differences. However, Gail’s mother, who had all along supportive of their relationship, counseled Gail to be really certain she was doing the right thing. Gail’s father even went so far as to suspect that Mark might be using this marriage to obtain United States citizenship. He quoted statistics and gave examples to illustrate the higher divorce rates and possible problems existing in mixed couples to warn Gail that she was rushing into marriage without thinking carefully about it