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run-down • the norm • rough
keep out of • no worries
  1. It's for people to be interested in celebrities.
  2. about picking me up. I have a ride home.
  3. Their house has gotten really in the last few years..
  4. She works hard to trouble at her new school.
  5. That part of town can be very for foreigners.
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32 High School
Kerys talks about her rough and tough school days back in England.

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run-down area

I studied in a high school which is in a quite run-down area.

A 'run-down area' is an area that has not been maintained or fixed the way it should.  These places can be ugly and have many broken things.  Notice the following:

  1. The school looks pretty run-down now.
  2. This town has turned into a really run-down area.

the norm

It was the norm for girls to get pregnant, leave school, and then come back again.

'The norm' is what is normal for a certain group of people.  Notice the following:

  1. What is the norm for the number of years to finish school?
  2. They generally follow the norm.

rough neighborhood

It was a rough neighborhood, a strange environment to be in.

A 'rough neighborhood' is an area where the people are very tough and in many cases violent.  There is usually a lot of crime in these parts and the people who live there are generally poor.  Notice the following:

  1. This used to be a rough neighborhood, but there have been lots of improvements.
  2. She grew up in a really rough neighborhood.

keep out of trouble/get into trouble

It was hard to keep out of trouble, because everyone was getting into trouble.

To 'keep out of trouble' is to stay away from things or decisions that will cause you problems or to follow the rules.  When we 'get into trouble' we don't follow the rules and somebody catches us.  Notice the following:

  1. I was surprised he kept himself out of trouble at school.
  2. He got into a lot of trouble when he was growing up.

no worries

[Thanks a lot.] No worries.

We can tell someone 'no worries' when something is not a big deal.  Another way to say this is 'no problem' or 'don't worry about it.'  Notice the following:

  1. I can give you a ride home.  No worries.
  2. He told me it would be no worries to fix the car by next week.