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poison • that stage • guy
leave her • get rid of
  1. I have never met that before in my life.
  2. Sometimes it is hard to personal things.
  3. This snake injects into its victims to kill them.
  4. It is better to just alone when she is frustrated.
  5. At in the project we knew it was going to take longer than we planned.
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187 The Spider
Marion talks about an encounter with a spider in Australia.

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The red back is one of the most poisonous spiders.

'Poison' is a substance that can cause injury or even death because it is toxic.  Many insects and snakes are poisonous to kill their food.  Notice the following:

  1. We put poison in the basement to kill the mouse.
  2. If you try to eat that without cooking it you will get really sick because it is poisonous.

at that stage

I had been traveling there for over a year at that stage.

'At that stage' is another way to say 'by this point' or 'at that time.'  We use it to give time reference to the situation we are describing.  Notice the following:

  1. At that stage in my life I didn't even know how to cook eggs.
  2. At that stage babies don't do much except eat and sleep.


I'd better stop playing with this guy.

In this case 'guy' refers to the spider.  We use this as a general term to talk about a person or animal if we don't know his name.  We also use it as a familiar term for you.  Notice the following:

  1. Go ask that guy for directions.
  2. I will call you guys later.

leave alone

Leave him alone.

To 'leave something alone' is to not touch it or talk to it and go far away from it.  Notice the following:

  1. Leave your brother alone.
  2. When she is sad or angry she wants other people to leave her alone.

get rid of it

I had to get someone to help get rid of it.

To 'get rid or something' is to throw it away or put it in a place away from you because it is bad.  Notice the following:

  1. Those shoes are really old.  You should get rid of them.
  2. Are you going to eat this pizza or should I get rid of it?