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near • boat • sand
got into • bucket
  1. Bring water from the kitchen with a .
  2. I don't know how the neighbor's cat the house, but it really scared me.
  3. Excuse me, do you know if there is a hotel here?
  4. My brothers and I built huge castles at the beach when we were young.
  5. We spend almost every weekend on our .
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147 The Beach
Richard answers questions about the beach and talks about what things he takes there.

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Is there a beach near your home?

If a place is "near" your home then it is close to where you live or not a far distance.   Notice the following:

  1. Now there is a supermarket really near my house.
  2. You live near my grandmother.


We enjoy boating.

A "boat" is a very small ship for going on the water.  "Boating" is the action of going on a boat and into a lake, river or ocean.  Notice the following:

  1. Have you ever been boating on the ocean?
  2. We were boating the whole day with my family.

sand castles

Just making sand castles with my son.

"Sand castles" are small castles or houses made with sand, and usually constructed on the beach or in a sandbox.  Notice the following:

  1. The big waves destroyed my sand castle.
  2. There was a sand castle competition at the beach yesterday.

get into

To stop the sand from getting into everything.

If sand "gets into" something it enters a place it is not intended to be, for example, in a child's ears.  Notice the following:

  1. It really hurts when soap gets into your eyes.
  2. Sometimes snow gets into the top of your boots.

bucket and spade

You need a bucket and spade to make sand castles.

A "bucket" is a container with a handle that is used to hold liquids or solids.  A "spade" is a small shovel, which is used to dig in the ground.  Notice the following:

  1. The kids were entertained all day with only a bucket and a spade.
  2. She uses a bucket and a spade to care of her garden.