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gets to me • family • research
boring • symphony
  1. Tonight we will be going to dinner and the .
  2. Being tall just kind of runs in the .
  3. This music really to me after a while.
  4. I can't watch this movie anymore. It's too .
  5. Our teacher wants us to do on the building of the Panama Canal.
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#539 Sleeping

Akane talks about how she can sleep anywhere.

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get to me

I think it's the early mornings that really get to me.

If something 'gets to you,' it bothers you or you don't like it.  Notice the following:

  1. The sound of her voice just gets to me after a while.
  2. Doesn't it get to you that you never get a vacation?

runs in the family

So it runs in the family.

When something 'runs in the family,' it's a common trait or action among the members of that family.  For example, curly hair.  Notice the following:

  1. Heart disease runs in the family.
  2. I see that good looks don't run in your family.

research

I was working in an office, when I was doing medical research.

You 'research' something to collect and record information about it.  Notice the following:

  1. I was at the library doing research for my biology report.
  2. Did she research the best hotel to stay at in Rome?

boring

It was such a boring job that I did used to fall asleep in front of the computer sometimes.

If a person or a situation is 'boring,' you are not excited or interested and probably don't want to be there.  Notice the following:

  1. I always thought science was boring until I had him for a teacher.
  2. That is a really boring movie.

symphony

One time we went to watch the symphony orchestra.

A 'symphony' is a musical composition or piece that is performed by instruments in an orchestra, which are instruments like the flute and cello.  Notice the following:

  1. Do you enjoy going to the symphony?
  2. The symphony music in the in the background made the movie more suspenseful. 

 

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