Audio Notes #367 Running Success

back home


Back home there was a competition every year.

Back home refers to someone's hometown or home country. When people talk about back home, they talk about where they grew up. Notice the following examples.

  1. Back home, I was a pretty good athlete in school.
  2. I love going back home for the holidays.

crazy about


We are crazy about running in Jamaica.

When you are crazy about something that means you love it very much and you are a big fan. Notice the following:

  1. I am crazy about football. I watch it all day Saturday.
  2. I am not that crazy about dancing, but I like to go to clubs.

run their hearts out


The children were running their hearts out.

When you run your heart out, that means you run and play until you have no more energy left. It usually just refers to children. Notice the following sentence:

  1. We ran out hearts out with joy as kids.

the big events


We watched all the big events.

The big events for the Olympics refers to the events that are the most popular and attract the most viewers. The 100 meter sprints, boxing, swimming, and gymnastics are considered the big events. Notice the following examples:

  1. I got tickets to the Olympics, but not to any of the big events.
  2. Table tennis is a big event in Asia but not in Europe.



He won that presumably.

When you presume something, you assume it is going to happen or already happened, even though you do not know for sure. Notice the following:

  1. Bob is not here. I presume he left to catch his flight.
  2. We are going to have a meeting on Saturday presumably. At least that is the rumor.

From an early age


From an early age, he was always winning.

When you talk about someone from an early age, you are referring to the time since their childhood that continues to the present. 'Since I was young' and 'Since childhood' mean the same thing. Notice the following:

  1. From an early age, I knew I was going to be a doctor.
  2. From an early age, people knew he would be famous.