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as possible • catch up • gets up
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  5. There are a few things I need to on at work.
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296 Sunday
Adrienne talks about what she likes to do on Sunday.

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as possible

On Sunday mornings, I like to sleep as late as possible.

The phrase 'as ...as possible' is used to show that something is being taken to the extreme. If someone sleeps as late as possible it means that if they sleep later it will cause problems. Notice the following:

  1. I need the documents returned as soon as possible.
  2. We will try to make you as comfortable as possible.

catch up

It's good for you because you can catch up on your sleep from a busy week.

We 'catch up' on something that we haven't had time to do because we are busy. Maybe during the week you didn't sleep enough and now you are sleeping for a long time to compensate for the fact that you didn't sleep much before. Notice the following:

  1. He has missed a lot of class and it will be really difficult him to catch up on the material.
  2. I really need to catch up on my reading for my psychology class.

get up

Do you ever get up early on Sundays?

The time that you 'get up' is when you actually get out of bed.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm not going out tonight because I have to get up early tomorrow.
  2. What time do you get up during the week?


My sleep on the plane was sporadic.

If something happens 'sporadically' it means that it is inconsistent or irregular. Notice the following:

  1. The doctor could not understand the sporadic headaches I've been having.
  2. Her attendance in class sporadic.


Turbulence is when the plane hits some kind of air pocket, and bounces around.

'Turbulence' on a airplane is when the plane moves around a lot because of the weather outside the plane. It feels like the plane is being shaken. Notice the following:

  1. The turbulence was really bad right outside the city because of the bad weather.
  2. We will probably feel a little turbulence when we first take off.