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supposed • way out • ripped off
advantage • getting
  1. I feel like he is just taking of the fact that I am a nice person.
  2. I haven't been sleeping enough recently, and I feel like I'm sick.
  3. Getting is just something that happens when you travel to a new place.
  4. The cultural museum is actually of the city.
  5. He is to bring beverages to the party, but I don't think he'll remember.
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731 The Taxi Ride
Todd talks about a taxi ride in Thailand that ended up not like he expected.

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supposed to

I was supposed to go and stay with some Thai friends.

Used like this, 'supposed to' do something means that it was your original plan, but your plans changed.

Notice the following:

  1. You told me that we were supposed to arrive 30 minutes early.
  2. I was supposed to leave at 4 o'clock, but I didn't leave until 5.

way out

We get out of the city and we're way out in the countryside in rice fields.

When you are 'way out' from a place, it means that you are a long way from that location.

Notice the following:

  1. We have always wanted to live way out in the mountains.
  2. She lives way out in the middle of nowhere.

get ripped off

You thought you were going to get ripped off.

If you 'get ripped off,' it means that someone cheats you out of your money.

Notice the following:

  1. I try not to buy off the internet, as I always worry that I will get ripped off.
  2. If you are not careful, you will get ripped off.

take advantage

This guy's going to take me somewhere and take advantage of me.

When you 'take advantage of' something or somebody, it means that you take the opportunity to use something or someone to improve your own situation.

Notice the following:

  1. I am trying to take advantage of the discounts, and I am buying as much as I can fit into my car.
  2. I am going to spend the day outside today and take advantage of the sunshine.

I'm getting sick

I'm getting sick because of the flowers.

'I'm getting sick' means that you are starting to become ill or unwell.

Notice the following:

1. I'm getting sick, as I have not been taking my vitamins recently.
2. I think I'm getting sick, as I have a headache.