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how's • range • all the way
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  1. This is more of a middle of the computer, but customers have been really happy with it.
  2. The most important thing about this position is that you are to our clients and try to help them.
  3. There was a baby crying on the flight from Denver to New York.
  4. You're going to school for evening classes? that work?
  5. I don't mind driving this car long distances, because it has really seats.
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627 The Commute
Tom and Martin discuss how they get to campus.

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how's that work?

You always take the red bus, so how's that work?

Here, Martin uses the question 'how's that work?' to ask Tom to describe traveling on the blue bus. He wants to know how the red and blue buses are different. Notice the following:

  1. So you guys both work, and you have one car. How's that work?
  2. You said you got a new phone. How's that work?

middle of the range

It's a small old bus and the cost is in the middle of the range.

If the cost of something is the 'middle of the range,' it is not too cheap and not too expensive. Notice the following:

  1. We are just looking for a middle of the range car. We need something that is safe and reliable.
  2. Most of the the clothes she buys are so middle of the range that I thought it would be nice to get her something fancy.

all the way

The bus is usually crowded, so I usually stand all the way up.

Here, 'all the way' refers to the whole duration of the trip. Martin stands the whole time the bus is going up the mountain. Notice the following:

  1. Did you drive all the way there without stopping?
  2. My radio is broken, so we had to drive without music all the way here.

comfy seats

I don't take the tour bus with comfy seats, because it's just a pretty quick ride.

'Comfy' is a shortened version of the word 'comfortable.' A comfy seat would be one that has a cushion and feels good to sit on. Notice the following:

  1. This cinema has very comfy seats.
  2. Wow. These are really comfy seats. I could fall asleep.

courteous

There are some drivers who are nice and courteous, but there are some who are not.

A 'courteous' person is polite and has good manners. Notice the following:

  1. It is courteous to hold the door for the person behind you.
  2. You should be courteous and let the old man have your seat.