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afterward • factor • float
processed • counter
  1. It makes me sick to eat too much food.
  2. I prefer to go into the store to ask questions, because then I can see the person behind the .
  3. All of these ideas just kind of into my mind when I'm sleeping.
  4. My daughter is very interested in taking dance classes, but I'm worried about the time . She is already involved in a lot
  5. It doesn't take long to make the meal, but it will take you some time to clean up .
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Answer the following questions about the interview.
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588 Dinner Debate

Marion and Todd discuss dinner.

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clean up afterward

Prepare the food, and cook the food, then clean up afterward.

To 'clean up afterward' when making a meal is to wash all the dishes, clean the cooking area and put any extra food away.  Notice the following:

  1. I love to paint, but I hate cleaning up my materials afterward.
  2. You can use the kitchen, but please clean up afterward.

time factor

I can see what you're saying about the time factor.

The 'time factor' is the amount of time it takes to prepare or do something.  Notice the following:

  1. Whenever we meet to talk he always has a time factor and a reason to leave early.
  2. I want to exercise, but the time factor makes it difficult during the week.

float into my mind

If something floats into my mind, I can kind of deal with it at the same time.

If something 'floats into your mind' you think of it unexpectedly or without a reason.  Notice the following:

  1. Sometimes I wonder why these horrible things float into your head.
  2. I was sitting at my desk when the idea to call you just floated into my mind.

processed food

Do you not consider the health factor about buying food all the time because it's always processed food.

Food that contains a lot of salt and preservatives is considered 'processed food.'  It can usually last for a long time without going bad, but it is not very healthy or natural.  Notice the following:

  1. The house was full of processed food and drinks.
  2. She never eats processed food because it has too much salt.

behind the counter

They always have nice people behind the counter.

'People behind the counter' are the employees of a store or a business.  Notice the following:

  1. The woman behind the counter was trying to be friendly, but her solutions were not very good.
  2. Have you ever worked behind the counter in a clothing store?


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