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-The afternoon of the next day. In the office a cat watched the outside from the window.-

I heard a sound at the door. When I looked at the door, Rickey came into the office slowly. He looked pale.

What's the matter? But I understood immediately.

"I'm in a bad way,"Rickey said and lay on the sofa.
"Yesterday we drank several bottles of whiskey happily," as he was talking he put his right hand on his forehead.

No wonder you have a hangover. Robert can drink a lot but Rickey is a weak drinker.

"I shouldn't have drunk so much," Rickey closed his eyes putting his right hand on his forehead.

I think he won't be able to move for a while.

Today's points

-The point 1-

What's the matter?

"Matter" means happening or problem. "What's the matter?" means what happening do you have? Thus, we can say it if someone looks pale or worries.

What's the matter?
I have a sore throat. Maybe … I have cold.
That's too bad. Take care.

What's the matter, Roy? You look a little down.
Hello, Sherry. Winter is coming.
That is hard for stray cats, like Libre and his friends.
I think so too.

"What happened?" is used as what accident do you have?

What happened to her?
She is sick in bed.

-The point 2-

No wonder you have a hangover.

"Wonder" means surprise. When "no" is put, it means there is no surprise or it is natural.

I made her angry yesterday.
What did you do?
I forgot her birthday.
No wonder she was.

What's the matter, Libre?
Hello, Sherry. I haven't seen Fiona recently.
It's cold these days.
Winter …
No wonder she doesn't come here.

Only "No wonder." is also used. The meaning is the same.

She caught cold.
No wonder.

-The point 3-

I shouldn't have drunk so much

"Shouldn't" is "should + not." "Should" is used to suggest something. "Shouldn't" is used to suggest that you do not do something.
"shouldn't have …" means we were good if we did not do that.

"Should" is explained in Page 20.

When "have" is put after "shouldn't", it means the past event. It is used for the past with a regret or a criticism.
After it, the past participle is put.

You and she had a quarrel.
Yeah, leave me alone.
Apologize to her.
I shouldn't have said that.

"Leave me alone." means we want to be alone or we want to do for ourselves.

You look so tired, Roy.
Yes. I have been to the Faculty of Literature.
Really? It is a long way from here. Did you lose your way?
No. But I'm so tired. I shouldn't have been to the building.

Moreover, when we take "not", "should have" means we were good if we did something with a regret or a criticism.

What were you doing last night? The party was very good.
Really? I should have gone to the party.

Hello, Sherry.
Hello, Pina.
I saw Rickey walking along the street. He looked pale.
Yes. He drank too much yesterday. He should have drunk at his own pace.


"I'm in a bad way,"Rickey said and lay on the sofa.

"Lay" is the past form of "lie." "Lie" is the intransitive verb and means like sleeping. But we can use "lay" as the present form, it is different from the past form of "lie." It is the transitive verb and means as we make someone sleep.
See the following.
(Original form - past form - past participle - ing form)

a. lie - lay - lain - lying

b. lay - laid - laid - laying

a. He lay on the bed.
(He slept.)

b. He laid a baby on the bed.
(He made a baby sleep.)

No wonder you have a hangover.

"Hangover" means we are still bad because we drank a lot last night.
And "under the weather" is also used when we are bad.

I am under the weather.
You look pale.

"Under the weather" also has the meaning of "hangover."
And "I'm nauseous." is used with feeling something taken from the stomach.

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