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intimidate • singled out • pounced
faculty • spread
  1. His partner basically on him for making a mistake.
  2. All of the in this department is fantastic.
  3. She felt very when the teacher asked her too many questions on the first day of class.
  4. The classes here are really out, so you need to have good walking shoes.
  5. All of these chants and exercises they do before a game are meant to the other team.
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Answer the following questions about the interview.
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587 Life in Italy

Marion talks about her experience living in Italy.

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It was a bit intimidating.

To 'intimidate' another person is to make him afraid of the consequence he will face if he doesn't do what you want.  Notice the following:

  1. The building was so big and professional looking that I was really intimidated from the second I walked in the door.
  2. The boxer tried to intimidate his opponent by giving him a hard look.

single out

It was really awful, he was really singling me out.

If someone 'singles you out,' he focuses all of his attention on you and sometimes directs the attention of other people towards you.  Notice the following:

  1. The teacher singled us out and embarrassed us for talking in class.
  2. He singled out this apartment immediately as the place he wanted to live.

pounce on

I was just waiting for him to pounce on me.

To 'pounce on someone' is to attack them verbally or physically.  Pounce is used to describe the way a cat jumps on something it wants to attack. Notice the following:

  1. She pounces on every word he says, always trying to start an argument.
  2. As soon as I walked through the door, he pounced on me to get the pizza.


You'll have the language and literature faculty, where I was, in one part of the town.

'Faculty' can be used to refer to a department of a school or university, or the people within that department.  Notice the following:

  1. She liked the other faculty members immediately.
  2. He is part of the history faculty, so his office isn't in this building.

spread out

That was very different for me to have everything so spread out.

If places are really 'spread out,' they are far away from each other.  Notice the following:

  1. You need to buy a car to live in this city, because everything is really spread out.
  2. The airport was really spread out.  I felt like I had walked for miles before I arrived at my gate.


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