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a while • burst • tried to get
finish off • identify with
  1. She was so excited that she into tears.
  2. I need to my homework before I go anywhere.
  3. Do you people your own age?
  4. His boss him to work harder.
  5. We waited for quite before we left.
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12 First Job
Charlotte talks about her first teaching job and her first day on the job in Poland.

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quite a while

You've been a teacher for quite a while.

If you have been doing something for 'quite a while' you have been doing it a long time.  Notice the following:

  1. Have you been working here for quite a while?
  2. I need a break. I've been studying for quite a while.

burst into tears

I said hello and they all burst into tears.

If you 'burst into tears' you start to cry intensely without any warning.  Notice the following:

  1. She burst into tears when she saw her terrible grades.
  2. I was so happy to see my family that I burst into tears.

try to get them to

I tried to get them to stop from crying.

If you 'try to get' someone to do something you make an effort to change his mind or behavior.  Notice the following:

  1. Will you try to get them to stay here for the night?
  2. She tried to get the students to study.

finished off

I finished off singing all on my own.

If you 'finish off' doing something you complete the task.  Notice the following:

  1. Can you finish off washing the dishes?
  2. She never finishes off what she starts.

identify with

I could identify with the kids because I wanted to cry too.

If you 'identify with' someone you understand how they feel because you have similar feelings.  Notice the following:

  1. I can identify with how you're feeling.
  2. It is nice to have co-workers you can identify with.