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Vocabulary Quiz
in the 80's • the cuffs • brand new
put money into • three pairs
  1. Be careful when you wash that shirt because it's .
  2. Were you born ?
  3. I don't know if I should this old car.
  4. She has of black glasses, but they are all a little different.
  5. Roll up your pants or your will get wet.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

802 Jeans Part 1
Mariel continues her discussion about jeans and the styles she likes to wear.

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in the 80's


That was in the 80's.

The 80's is a time expression that talks about the years 1980-89.  Notice the following:

  1. I graduated college in the 80's.
  2. Coffee shops really became popular in the 80's.

the cuffs


They're ripped around the cuffs.

Cuffs are the bottoms of our pants.  Notice the following:

  1. I need to have the cuffs shortened.
  2. The cuffs are to long.

brand new


They look old but they're brand new.

Brand new means very new.  We often use the term the first time we wear something.  Notice the following:

  1. Those jeans look brand new.
  2. Brand new jeans are not comfortable.

put the money into it


I'm willing to put money into it.

When we put money into something that means we invest in it.  Notice the following:

  1. If it looks good, I'll put money into it.
  2. It's too old to put money into it.

eight or nine pairs


I have eight or nine pairs.

Pairs come in twos. For example, a pair of shoes, glasses, earrings, etc.  Notice the following:

  1. Imelda just bought 4 new pairs of shoes.
  2. I need a new pair of glasses.