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hut • relatively • big deal
freeze • as long as
  1. If you go out in this weather without a hat an mittens, you will certainly to death.
  2. It started raining really hard when we were out in the boat, so we had to stop on an island a build a little to protect us.
  3. we leave in the next 10 minutes, we will arrive on time.
  4. She is difficult to be around sometimes, because she turns everything into a .
  5. The ice on the lake is safe to walk on, but I wouldn't drive my car out there.
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748 Snow Camping
Tim talks about what camping is like in the snow.

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a little hut

We go out and we build a little hut basically by digging down and stay there for the night.

A 'little hut' is a small, temporary shelter that can usually be constructed quite quickly, but isn't usually very durable.

Notice the following:

  1. I have a little hut in the garden, and I keep all of my tools in there.
  2. I think she has built herself a little hut so that she can keep the chickens in it.

relatively safe

It is relatively safe.

When something is 'relatively safe,' it means that it is not dangerous.

Notice the following:

  1. Going out at night is relatively safe.
  2. I think it is relatively safe round here, so you don't have to always lock your door.

big deal

Our car was covered in snow and we couldn't get out so that was a pretty big deal.

When something is a big deal, it means that it is a big issue. This can either mean that something is a big problem or that it is really important.

Notice the following:

  1. It was my birthday, so the meal was quite a big deal.
  2. She made such a big deal out of it.

freeze to death

If you don't have the right gear you'll freeze to death.

When you 'freeze to death,' it means that you die as a result of the cold. It can also be used as an exaggeration to say that you were really cold.

Notice the following:

  1. You need to make sure that you wear the right type of protective clothing or you could freeze to death in the arctic.
  2. People who live in very cold places know how to live in the cold, and they don't usually freeze to death.

as long as

You can do it as long as you're with somebody that knows what they are doing.

'As long as' means that something happens or doesn't happen depending on another event. In the example, if you are with someone who knows what they are doing, you can go snow camping. If you are not with someone, you probably shouldn't go.

Notice the following:

  1. As long as there is water, we will be okay.
  2. She said that she will love me for as long as she lives.