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organized • grime • portable
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  1. There is so much in this microwave that I don't think it's been cleaned in years.
  2. She is at work, but her personal life is a disaster.
  3. I have a card for next weekend.
  4. It seems a little expensive to me, but it's actually the for lawyers in the area.
  5. It is a beautiful table, but I'm looking for something a little more .
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309 Cleaning

Adrienne talks about cleaning up her apartment.

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I consider myself an organized person.

An 'organized' person has things in her life well planned and in order.

Notice the following:

  1. This cupboard is very well organized.
  2. We need to organize the event well.


It always seems to accumulate the most dirt and grime.

'Grime' is another word for dirt or filth.

Notice the following:

  1. Look at the grime on your shirt!
  2. A good scrub should get rid of all that grime.


They have these little portable bathrooms.

A 'portable' bathroom is one that can be moved from place to place. It is not permanently connected to a particular place.

Notice the following:

  1. I used to have a portable television.
  2. The tent is small and very portable so we can take it anywhere.

going rate

The going rate for a maid.

A 'going rate' for something is the price that you would normally pay for that item or service at a particular point in time. Changes in the economy cause changes in the 'going rate.'

Notice the following:

  1. I have no idea what the going rate for a babysitter would be nowadays.
  2. Yes, that is about the going rate.


Well, I thought I was going to get a discount.

When you get a 'discount' the price that you pay has been reduced from the original price.

Notice the following:

  1. The sales are on, so there are lots of discounts.
  2. If you go during the off-season then you will get a discounted rate.



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