“Uh, babe? You might want to trim that beard...”

English Lesson: Uh, babe? You might want to trim that beard...

You're going to the ballet with your boyfriend tonight. When you get home from work, you notice that his beard looks a little messy. You suggest that he clean it up.

Uh, babe? You might want to trim that beard...

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trim (someone's hair)

"Trimming" something means cutting it just a little to make it look nice. When you "trim" someone's hair, you just cut it a little bit.

You can talk about what part of a person's hair is being cut:

She trimmed the bottom.

Can you trim the sides and leave it long in the back?

Aside from hair, you can also "trim":

  • a beard or mustache
  • a hedge (a wall of bushes)
  • fat from a piece of meat

You might want to (do something).

Use "You might want to..." to suggest that someone do something. For example, if a teacher think that her student should study more, she can say:

You might want to spend more time studying and less time playing video games.

This phrase is polite enough to use in a variety of situations: with strangers, with family members, with coworkers, etc.


"Babe" is a name that people sometimes use for their boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, or husband. It's short for "baby" but "babe" sounds less personal. Use it like this:

Babe, can you come in here and help me move this table?

Thanks, babe!

a beard

A "beard" is hair that covers a large part of someone's face. It's different from a "mustache", which is hair that's only above the lips.

Uh, (sentence)

You might use the sound "Uh" before telling someone something that seems a little rude or offensive:

Uh, I don't know if that's a good idea.

Uh, excuse me. What exactly do you think you're doing?

Uh, sir? I think you're going the wrong way.