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presentation • eyes • fascinated
fiddling • addiction
  1. She has always been by history.
  2. Our group has to give a on alternative energy next week.
  3. I didn't sleep very much last night and it's hard to keep my open today.
  4. I think you have an to the television.
  5. Please stop with that. It's really distracting me.
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395 The Prank
Joel talks about a joke he played on a friend.

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It seems like there were always technical difficulties, just like people using PowerPoint presentations today.

A 'presentation' is when one person or a group of people get up and speak in front of a group to explain something to the group or give them information.

Notice the following:

  1. I do not like doing presentations.
  2. I will get Mike to do the presentation as he is very good at speaking in public.

hard to keep my eyes open

Even though it was exciting, it was always very hard to keep my eyes open.

When it is 'hard to keep your eyes open' it means that you are that tired that you are having trouble staying awake. Your eyes keep shutting because you want to fall asleep.

Notice the following:

1. I am so tired that I am finding it hard to keep my eyes open.
2. Go to sleep if you are finding it hard to keep your eyes open.


Ever since we got our first VCR and remote control my dad has been absolutely fascinated with it.

If you are 'fascinated' by something it means that it captures your interest.

Notice the following:

  1. I am fascinated by physics.
  2. She has a real fascination with fashion and clothes.

can't stop fiddling

He can't stop fiddling with the controls.

When you 'can't stop fiddling' with something it means that you can't stop touching it, playing with it or moving it.

Notice the following:

  1. My hair feels so soft I can't stop fiddling with it.
  2. When I get nervous I fidget and I can't stop fiddling.


We feel he needs to go to a remote control addiction recovery center so he can heal his problems.

An 'addiction' means that someone has a psychological or physical dependence on something.

Notice the following:

  1. I have a cigarette addiction.
  2. Some people are more prone to addictions than others.