Todd: OK. We're back with Jeanna. You want to talk about your summer vacation.
Jeanna: Sure. I went to Las Vegas, Nevada; Reno, Nevada; Tahoe, California; and San Diego, California and I went to Disneyland.
Todd: Wow! Sounds like a really good time.
Jeanna: Yeah, it was. It was a lot of fun.
Todd: What was the best place?
Jeanna: Probably Las Vegas. It was the most interesting.
Todd: OK. why was it the most interesting?
Jeanna: It was just really busy and there was always stuff going on. You know, never resting.
Todd: OK. For example what stuff is going on? Like, what did you do?
Jeanna: Well, we went shopping a lot. In a lot of different casinos that had malls in them, went and visited the Hoover Dam.
Todd: Oh, wow! It's pretty big.
Jeanna: Yeah, really big.
Todd: That's a lot of water. Did you go swimming?
Todd: Can you swim in the Hoover Dam?
Jeanna: You can swim in the reservoir.
Todd: I mean in the reservoir. Yeah. OK. How did you get to Las Vegas?
Jeanna: By plane from Oakland to Las Vegas.
Todd: OK. How long did it take?
Jeanna: About an hour and forty-five minutes.
Todd: OK. Do you think you'll go back to Las Vegas someday in the future?
Todd: OK. Great. Thanks a lot Jeanna.
Jeanna: You're welcome.
It sounds like a really good time.
If something 'sounds like a good time' it seems like it will be fun. Notice the following:
- It sounds like a really good job opportunity.
- Did you have a good time at the fair?
There is always stuff going on.
Here, 'going on' mean 'happening.' When people ask, "What is going on?" they mean "What is happening?" Notice the following:
- What is going on outside?
- I have a lot going on at work.
You can swim in the reservoir.
A 'reservoir' is a natural or artificial place where water is collected and stored to be used for a specific purpose, like for use in a city. Notice the following:
- We walked to the reservoir to see how high the water
- There is very little water in the reservoir because
almost no rain.
how long it takes
How long does that trip take?
When you talk about 'how long something takes' you are asking about the amount of time needed to complete that action. Notice the following:
- How long does it take you to drive to work?
- How long does it take to recover from surgery?
I want to go back to that place someday.
We use 'someday' to talk about a non-specific day in the future. Notice the following:
- Someday I will learn how to sew.
- We are going to travel to Italy someday.
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