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free time • tiresome • bar hopping
maintain • dedicate
  1. Long car trips with children are .
  2. It's important to work hard to your health as you get older.
  3. Work is really busy right now and I don't have a lot of .
  4. I really wish I could more time to reading.
  5. We are going of Friday to celebrate his birthday.
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141 Wind Surfing
Roe talks a little about his sport of windsurfing and who he admires.

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free time

What do you like to do in your free time?

Time when you have no other obligations like school or work is your 'free time.'  Notice the following:

  1. When do you have free time to go out for coffee with me?
  2. She doesn't have enough free time to do what she wants.

tiresome

I'm getting old, so skateboarding is kind of tiresome.

If something is 'tiresome' it makes you feel tired.  This can be physically or mentally tired.  Notice the following:

  1. Traveling can be very tiresome.
  2. Please stop asking me the same questions.  It's very tiresome.

bar hopping

I like to go bar hopping.

'Bar hopping' is going from on bar to another all night.  Notice the following:

  1. He was really interested in bar hopping for a few years.
  2. We are going out bar hopping to celebrate my birthday on Tuesday.

maintain

Do you have a lot of work to maintain the windsurfing boards.

To 'maintain' something is to keep it in good or working condition.  We can use this word to refer to things or our bodies.  Notice the following:

  1. She maintains a good balance between work and pleasure. 
  2. After he moved in to his own house, he discovered it takes a lot of energy to maintain everything.

dedicate

One hour from your home. That's dedication.

In the example 'dedication' is very similar to commitment.  If you continue to do something even though it is difficult or time consuming you are dedicated to what you are doing.  Notice the following:

  1. How can you dedicate so much time to exercising?
  2. He dedication to studying increased a lot after he started paying for his own education.