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transport • volume • ringtone
peeves • lift • lengthy
  1. I have to arrange a to get home from work tomorrow.
  2. That is a really book.
  3. I almost never drive anymore, because the public system is really good here.
  4. Bad language is one of her.
  5. How do you turn down the on this stereo?
  6. I just changed the on my phone, so I get very confused when it rings.
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461 Ruth's Pet Peeves
Ruth talks about her pet peeve.

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public transport

Actually, I experience both of them, sometimes on public transport.
'Public transport' is a way of moving yourself around if you don't have a car.  Common methods of public transport are buses, trains, metros and taxis. Notice the following:

  1. Is the public transport system good here?
  2. I actually prefer to use public transport in the city.

turn the volume down

I don't like listening to other people's music, so I wish they would just turn the volume down a bit.

When you 'turn down the volume' on something, you make it not as loud. Notice the following:

  1. I always have to ask him to turn down the volume when he watches TV.
  2. Can you turn down the volume a little bit?  I hate shouting like this.


The other thing which really peeves me is when people leave their mobile phones on in public.

A 'peeve' is something that bothers you. Notice the following:

  1. People chewing with their mouth open is one of his peeves.
  2. It is one of my peeves when people try to have a conversation with you when they are on the phone with someone else.


People don't know whose phone it is that's ringing because often they have the same ringtone.

A 'ringtone' is the sound that your cellphone makes when it rings.  Notice the following:

  1. I like your ringtone.  What song is that?
  2. I can almost never hear this ringtone.

arrange a lift

Obviously, sometimes it's necessary to make a phone call to arrange a lift or to organize something.

When you 'arrange a lift' you contact someone to pick you up at a certain place. Notice the following:

  1. Since I don't have a car right now, I spend a lot of time trying to arrange lifts.
  2. We are trying to arrange a lift from the airport on Tuesday.


But when people have lengthy conversations, I really get annoyed.

When a conversation is 'lengthy,' it takes place for a long period of time.  Notice the following:

  1. The movie was good, but it was a bit lengthy.
  2. I don't know why the meeting was so lengthy.