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  1. The baby was four different times last night.
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  4. It isn't easy to and let other people do things for me.
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219 African Safari
Ashley talks about a safari she went on in Africa.

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We went on a five-day safari.

We use '# -day' to describe how long something will happen for. Notice the following:

  1. We are going on a ten-day cruise this year.
  2. It is a three-day festival that we have in the fall.


We were up every morning at 4:30.

When you are 'up' you are awake. Notice the following:

  1. Were you up when the alarm went off.
  2. He is always up before everyone else.

sit back

We would have all day to kind of sit back and do nothing.

Used like this 'sit back' is very similar to relax and do nothing. Notice the following:

  1. It's nice to be able to sit back for a while on the weekends.
  2. I usually sit back and watch one television show when I get home from work.

keep away

One male lion was keeping another away, so his cubs could eat.

When you 'keep something away' you do not allow it to come close to you or other people or things. Notice the following:

  1. It is a good idea to keep away from others if you are sick.
  2. We don't like each other so I try to keep away from her.


It was gross, because they were eating a dead buffalo.

'Gross' is an informal word for disgusting or something that makes us feel sick in our stomach. Notice the following:

  1. It was really gross when I killed the bird with my car.
  2. Not only did we wait for an hour at the restaurant, but the food was gross.