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on holiday • burst into • bad-tempered
look after • bring around
  1. I have a present that I want to to you later.
  2. They are in Greece right now.
  3. He the room screaming about an accident.
  4. She is always pretty when she wakes up.
  5. I their baby once a month.
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29 The Visitor
Leath is from Africa. He talks about a dangerous visitor that came to his house.

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on holiday

I was on holiday back home seeing my mom.

When you are 'on holiday' you are on vacation and you don't have to work or go to school.  Notice the following:

  1. Did you go somewhere on holiday?
  2. I slept a lot when I was on holiday.

burst into

My mom burst into the shower and said there was a snake in the kitchen.

If you 'burst in' to a place you enter it suddenly without warning, this usually happens with strong emotions.  Notice the following:

  1. He burst into the bathroom without knocking.
  2. I was getting dressed when my brother burst into my room.


I put a towel around my waist and walked bad-temperedly through the kitchen.

To be 'bad-tempered' is to be in a bad mood or angry about something.  You are not happy.  'Bad-temperedly' is the adverb for bad-tempered.  Notice the following:

  1. There is no need to be bad-tempered.
  2. The customer yelled bad-temperedly at the waitress.

look after

The national park guys are the ones who looked after animal problems within the city.

To 'look after' something is to care for or take care of it.  We usually look after people or things that are unable to care for themselves, such as children, elderly or pets.  Notice the following:

  1. We need someone to look after our house this weekend.
  2. She always looks after her sick brother.

bring around

I brought them around and hoped they would catch the cobra.

To 'bring someone around' is to take them with you to a specific place.  Notice the following:

  1. Can you bring your new puppy around my house so I can see her?
  2. My parents are frustrated because I don't bring around their granddaughter enough.