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post-operative • stuck • screwing
sixth • audiobooks
  1. You should pick up some for your long car trip.
  2. It's important that you think a lot about your tattoo before you get it, because you will be like this forever.
  3. He sort of has a sense for when people aren't telling the truth.
  4. She will have to go to therapy for about 3 months.
  5. At the age of 30, he finally decided to stop around and take life more seriously.
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781 Being Blind

Mike talks about his life after eye surgery and what it is like to be blind.

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Everything will be fine but now because of the post-operative bleeding in the eye, you wouldn't be able to see for a couple of months.

Post-operative refers to the time after you have had surgery. This is the time when you are still recovering.

Notice the following:

  1. I went to a different hospital for my post-operative care.
  2. She is nurse that looks after patients that are in post-operative recovery.

I'm stuck like this forever

What if I'm stuck like this forever?

'I'm stuck like this forever' means that you will remain in your current state or with your current problems for the rest of your life.

Notice the following:

  1. I worry that I will be stuck like this forever, and I find that quite depressing.
  2. If I'm stuck like this forever, I think I will be very unhappy.

screwing around

I've got to stop screwing around.

'Screwing around,' in this instance, refers to the way in which someone messes around and does not appear to be taking things seriously.

Notice the following:

  1. I told the students that they had to stop screwing around and start taking their studies seriously. 
  2. He has to stop screwing around, or he will get himself into trouble.

sixth sense

My sixth sense didn't suddenly develop and I could see dead people.

A 'sixth sense' would be an extra, special ability that nobody else has. Naturally, most humans have five senses: sight, smell, sound, touch and taste.

Notice the following:

  1. She has this amazing kind of sixth sense.
  2. Do you think people have have a sixth sense?

I picked up a lot of audiobooks

I picked up a lot of audiobooks and listened to them.

'I picked up a lot of audiobooks' means that you bought or borrowed a number of audiobooks. 'Audiobooks' are books that have been read aloud and recorded onto a tape or CD.

Notice the following:

  1. When I was recovering from my injury, I got very bored, so I made sure I picked up a lot of audiobooks to listen to.
  2. I picked up a lot of audiobooks and gave them to my daughter to listen to.



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