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  1. Panama has a large natural jungle on its border.
  2. He never makes plans, because he prefers to do things spur of the.
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  4. I haven't even started applying for jobs yet. I've just been around some different employment ideas.
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674 Making a Film
Jeff recently made a film with his brothers. He talks about the experience.

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I want to qualify that it's not a movie but a television documentary.

When you put restrictions on information, you can say that you are 'qualifying' it. Notice the following:

  1. When you see an offer, it's important to read all the qualifying statements.
  2. Let me qualify this statement by telling you that I have never actually been there.


We drive a small auto-rickshaw which is a three-wheeled car without doors.

Traditionally, rickshaws are transportation with a cart and a bicycle used for getting around a city. Now, instead of using a bicycle, people are using motorcycles and these are called 'auto-rickshaw.' Notice the following:

  1. We rented an auto-rickshaw to tour the city.
  2. Most of the taxis here are motorbikes or auto-rickshaws.

eastern border

We drive from the eastern border at Bangladesh to the western border of Pakistan.

The 'eastern border' of a country is the edge of the country on the east side. Notice the following:

  1. The mountain range along the eastern border is really beautiful.
  2. There is very tight security along the eastern border.

kicking around

The idea just popped up in our heads as we were kicking around certain ideas.

You 'kick around' ideas when you are just saying any idea that comes to your brain as an option. Someone says an idea, and then the rest of the people say what they think about the idea or how it could be made better. Notice the following:

  1. We are kind of kicking around the idea of going on a ski trip in March.
  2. They have been kicking around ideas all week. I wish they would just make a decision.

spur of the moment

The idea was just an inspirational, spur of the moment thing.

When you do something 'spur of the moment,' it means that you don't plan it in advance, but just do something when the opportunity comes up. It is a spontaneous decision. Notice the following:

  1. I hate making spur of the moment ideas.
  2. Do you think it would be romantic to get married spur of the moment in Las Vegas?