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3-dimensional • pick-up • artificial
hanging • overpopulation
  1. I hate playing on turf.
  2. We are talking about the problems of in my environmental class right now.
  3. The only thing that he does at the gym is play games, but it keeps him in good shape.
  4. When you wear these special glasses, the movie becomes.
  5. When you are finished with your shopping, you can come find me. I'll be out in that cafe.
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645 Future Kids
Simon and Todd talk about how the future will be different for his newborn son.

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In the future, he'll probably have 3-dimensional shapes with his computer screen.

Something that looks '3-dimensional' appears how we actually see it in real life. A circle is a 2-dimensional object, because all we can see is that it is tall and wide, but a sphere or a ball is 3-dimensional, because we can also see that it is deep. Notice the following:

  1. 3-dimensional movies are becoming really popular now.
  2. Sculptures are my favorite kind of art, because they are 3-dimensional.

pick-up games

I'm sure he'll play pick up games with his friends and go to the park and play soccer.

A 'pick-up' game is one that is informal and not organized in advance. If there are enough people to have teams hanging around, maybe they will just start a fun game. Notice the following:

  1. Do you have time for a pick-up soccer game today?
  2. They used to play pick-up basketball games at least twice a week.

artificial turf

He'll probably play soccer on an artificial turf on the top of a building somewhere.

'Artificial turf' is grass that is not real. It is frequently used in sports, because real grass is not very durable and is destroyed easily if you play on it. Notice the following:

  1. It's easy to scrape your leg if you fall on artificial turf.
  2. Does the new stadium have natural or artificial turf?

hang out

I always used to hang out with my friends and go skateboarding.

When you 'hang out' with people, you spend casual and relaxing time with them. Notice the following:

  1. He doesn't have enough time to do his homework, because he spends a lot of time hanging out with his friends.
  2. I could just hang out in a coffee shop for hours.


Because of technology and overpopulation, I think he probably won't experience nature as much as I did.

'Overpopulation' happens when there are too many people or animals living in one specific area. There aren't enough resources or space for all the people. Notice the following:

  1. There is a section of the government that monitors animals, so we don't have overpopulation problems.
  2. Overpopulation became a real problem in this area, because people couldn't afford to buy houses somewhere else.