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  1. I think the train tickets are about $50 one way now.
  2. Make sure you take into that we are traveling with a baby, so it takes us a little longer.
  3. He's about 6 feet tall, a little bit.
  4. I actually to ask you what your favorite color is.
  5. If we the bill between the four of us, it will be really cheap.
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753 Tight Budget
Lupe and Kara work out how much money the need for their trip to Vegas.

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I actually meant to ask you

I actually meant to ask you about that just because it seems that I don't bring enough money.

I 'actually meant to ask you' means that you intended to ask someone a question.

Notice the following:

  1. I actually meant to ask you what time you thought you were going to be home.
  2. He said that he actually meant to ask you if you ate meat before he cooked you dinner.

are running about

Flights right now are running about two hundred dollars per person round trip.

Are 'running about' means that something is keeping at a certain level, in this case it refers to an average price.

Notice the following:

  1. The average price for a meal for two is running about $50
  2. I think the cost for bread is running about $2

split between

It's being split between the six of us and we normally budget between a hundred and a hundred and seventy-five dollars per person.

'It's being split between the six of us' means that something is going to be divided between six people.

Notice the following:

  1. The bill is going to be split between the six of us.
  2. How much do you think it will cost once it has been split between the six of us?

give or so a little bit

So I think it will be around that range: a hundred, about a hundred and fifty, give or so a little bit.

'Give or so a little bit' means that it is an approximate value. It could be slightly more or slightly less.

Notice the following:

  1. I think it will take about three weeks give or so a little bit.
  2. The painter said it will take him about two months to complete the house, give or so a little bit for the weather.

take into account

We also have to take into account cabs and the gambling.

When you 'take something into account,' it means that you factor it into your considerations.

Notice the following:

  1. Don't forget that you need to take into account the cost of gas.
  2. She said that I had not taken her feelings into account.