The Bus Story
Charlotte: Hey Jessica, you've got a brother called Kirk?
Jessica: Yes, that's right. He is two and a half years older than I am and we get along very well now.
Charlotte: You get along very well now. How did you get along in the past?
Jessica: Not very well at all actually. He was always very mean and heartless, should we say.
Charlotte: What was the first thing you remember him doing to you?
Jessica: Perhaps the first thing was the time I fell asleep on the bus when I was on kindergarten. He actually left me there sleeping and I didn't wake up until my lunch box fell on the ground. When the bus driver was parking in the bus garage. So anyway, yeah, I learned at that point not to really depend on him so much.
Charlotte: What did your mom say when you got home?
Jessica: My mom asked my brother,"Hey! Aren't you forgetting something?", referring to me and he responded, "Hey! How did you know I forgot my homework?"
My brother and I get along very well.
To 'get along' with someone is to have a compatible personality and like being around them. Notice the following:
- We didn't get along that well at first.
- Do you get along with your sisters?
He used to be very mean and heartless.
Someone who is 'heartless' does not think about other people and is mean. Notice the following:
- How could you be so heartless?
- She is a heartless old woman.
at that point
I learned at that point not to do that anymore.
We use a phrase 'at that point' to talk about a specific point in time. Notice the following:
- She was pretty lost at that point.
- At that point I knew it was a bad idea.
I don't want to depend on my brother too much.
To 'depend on' someone is to need them for emotional reasons or because they provide for you financially. Notice the following:
- I depend on my friends when I have problems.
- Do you depend on your parents or do you work?
how did you know
How did you know I forgot my homework?
When you ask someone 'how did you know' about something you want to know how they received the information or the knowledge that they have. Notice the following:
- How did she know where my house was?
- How did you know it was my birthday?
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