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tell stories • graveyard • can't move
a run for it • collars
  1. The other cars are parked so close to my car that I .
  2. We just sit around and for hours at the family cabin.
  3. She has about 15 for her dog.
  4. Many people bring flowers to the to put on the graves.
  5. The robbers tried to make but the police caught them.
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181 Ghosts
Marion talks about an encounter with a ghost back in Ireland.

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tell stories

My granddad would tell me stories.

To 'tell someone a story' is to verbally describe something that happened.  Sometimes these stories are true or sometimes they are invented.  Notice the following:

  1. Tell me a story about when you were a child.
  2. He used to tell the most ridiculous stories about what he did with his brothers when he was young.


They had to pass a graveyard.

'Graveyard' is another word for 'cemetery.'  It is a place where people bury their dead.  Notice the following:

  1. How often do you visit the graveyard?
  2. Graveyards scare me.

couldn't move

They were so frightened they couldn't move.

If you 'can't move' you stay in one position, in this case because you are so afraid that you are frozen.  Notice the following:

  1. The subway was so full of people that I couldn't move.
  2. After the car accident, she felt like she couldn't move from the car.

make a run for it

I'm going to make a run for it.

To 'make a run for it' is to try to escape from something quickly.  Notice the following:

  1. When my mom looks the other direction, I am going to make a run for it.
  2. After pulling the girl's hair, the boys made a run for it.


A black sheep dog with a white collar.

A 'collar' is like a necklace for a dog.  It goes around the dog's neck so you can tie the animal up or take it for walk.  Collars also usually have the phone number of the owner.  Notice the following:

  1. I bought my cat a new collar yesterday.
  2. Does your dog have a collar?