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quite a bit • retired • free time
test drive • meticulous
  1. It is important to be on this project. We don't want any mistakes.
  2. Will you this car for me and tell me what you think?
  3. He is finally after working for the same company for forty years.
  4. He has a lot of with his new job.
  5. He knows about banking and finances.
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91 Dear Old Dad
Kerri talks about her father and what makes him special.

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quite a bit

I've heard you talk about your father quite a bit.

If we do something 'quite a bit' we do it more than some but less than a lot. Notice the following:

  1. You look quite a bit like your father.
  2. He spends quite a bit of money on music.

retired

My dad's retired now, and he lives in Oregon.

When someone is finished working because they are old or because they have enough money then they are 'retired.' This can be used as both a verb and adjective.  Notice the following:

  1. He made a lot of money quickly and retired young.
  2. Are your parents retired?

free time

In his free time, he's building a plane.

Our 'free time' is the time we have to do something that we like.  It is time when we aren't working, going to school or completing obligations. Notice the following:

  1. I don't have a lot of free time this week.
  2. She takes photographs in her free time.

test fly

My dad's having someone else test fly his plane.

When you 'test' something you try it to see how it works.  Before you buy a new car you 'test drive' it.  Notice the following:

  1. I want to test fly the plane before I buy it.
  2. Do you want to test drive my new boat?

meticulous

I trust his work, because I know he's meticulous.

Someone who is 'meticulous' is very precise and careful. Notice the following:

  1. Your daughter is a meticulous student.
  2. He works slowly, but he is very meticulous.