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20 Going Home

Victor chats about his departure back home to the United States.

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fly home

Are you flying home tomorrow?

To 'fly home' is to travel by airplane back to your country or city of origin or the place where you grew up.  Notice the following:

  1. She is flying home to surprise her father on his birthday.
  2. It is really expensive to fly home from here.

back home

What do you do back home?

We use the phrase 'back home' to talk about either the place that we call home now or the home that we had with our parents.  Either way it is not the place where we are currently.  Notice the following:

  1. When I go back home it's like I'm on vacation, because my mother does everything.
  2. How often do you go back home to see your family?

as much as possible

On the plane, I like to sleep as much as possible.

If we do something 'as much as possible' we do it as long or as frequently as we can.  Notice the following:

  1. She tries to help her mother as much as possible.
  2. Try to drink as much water as possible.

pass the time

How do you pass the time on the plane?

'Pass the time' refers to how we spend our time or more specifically what we do to make the time go by more quickly.  We are usually 'passing the time' if we have to be in a place or don't want to be somewhere.  Notice the following:

  1. She passes her time at school chatting with her friends.
  2. I read to pass the time between flights.


That's a good strategy for taking long flights.

A 'strategy' is a plan for doing something.  We usually create a strategy for dealing with a problem.  Notice the following:

  1. She always has the best strategies for dealing with problems.
  2. What study strategies do you have?