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patches • immobilize • cast
crutches • sign
  1. You arms will probably be sore at first from using the all day.
  2. It is horrible to have a in hot weather.
  3. Please take this information to your father and ask him to it.
  4. I need to work a little in my garden. There are of weeds everywhere.
  5. If you don't your finger while it is healing it will not be straight.
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399 The Crash
Joel talks about a bad day on the slopes.

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I hit a much softer patch of snow.

A 'patch' is a small area of something, in this case a small area of snow.

Notice the following:

  1. I think I have a bald patch in my hair.
  2. There is a lovely patch of grass that we can sit on over there.


They didn't have the equipment to fix my leg, but they did immobilize my leg.

To 'immobilize' something means to prevent it from moving by restraining it. In this case, something hard was tied to the leg to keep in from moving because it was injured.

Notice the following:

  1. I took the wheels off the car to immobilize it.
  2. I was immobilized with fear.


At the hospital they put my leg in a cast.

A 'cast' is a hard type of bandage used to help heal broken bones. It keeps the broken bone from moving so it can heal in the correct way.

Notice the following:

  1. I think I will get the cast taken off my leg soon.
  2. All my friends at school have signed the cast on my arm.


They gave me crutches, which I used for about two or three months.

'Crutches' are walking aids for those who have been injured. You usually use one crutch under each arm.

Notice the following:

  1. I found it hard to walk on crutches at first.
  2. You can borrow my crutches until you get to the hospital.


I was in first grade and all of the other students signed my cast, wrote their name on my cast.

When you 'sign' something it means that you put your signature to it.

Notice the following:

  1. Will you sign the letter for me please?
  2. Now that I am married I need to practice signing my new name.