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a number • started out • the distance
look around • took shelter • made it
  1. We in a bookstore when the storm got really bad.
  2. Help me for my keys.
  3. I can see him in , but he can't hear me.
  4. She spent of days in Bangkok before traveling to the beach.
  5. They were all very nervous about the trip when they .
  6. I can't believe we through that horrible snow storm.
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227 The Horse Ride
Ashley talks about an interesting journey she took on a horse.

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a number of times

I've gone horseback riding a number of times.

If you have done something 'a number of times' you have done it more than a couple or a few.  This phrase is very similar to 'many times.'  You can use 'a number of' in front of any noun to mean many. Notice the following:

  1. We have been to Florida a number of times and it's never been this cold.
  2. I called you a number of times yesterday. Where were you?

start out

The weather was beautiful when we started out.

We use 'start out' to talk about beginning a journey or trip.  Notice the following:

  1. We need to start out around 6 AM tomorrow.
  2. He started out for home a little late because he had to finish up some things at work.

in the distance

We could hear the thunder in the distance.

If something is far from you, but still close enough to see, hear or feel, then it is in the distance. Notice the following:

  1. I think I can see a gas station in the distance.
  2. The beach was so beautiful and you could see the mountains in the distance.

look around or take shelter

I looked around and saw my uncle taking shelter under a tree.

to 'look around' means to look for something by moving our heads or bodies to see different areas.  When you hide under something to protect yourself you are 'taking shelter.' Notice the following:

  1. I am going to look around for a present for your father.
  2. We can take shelter in that old farm house if the rain gets really bad.

make it

We made it, but it was scary.

We use 'make it' like this to mean 'survive.' In a less severe sense it can mean to 'succeed' or 'escape.' Notice the following:

  1. Our team made it to the championship game.
  2. For a few days I wasn't sure my dog was going to make it.