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Vocabulary Quiz
encouraging • in some sense • doubles
backhand • boundary
  1. After his elbow operation his was very weak.
  2. He is me to look for a better job.
  3. They built a fence around the of their property.
  4. Do you want to play next weekend?
  5. I agree with you.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

831 Tennis
Tini talks about tennis and how it is a sport her whole family loves.

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It is my father encouraging me.

Something or someone who is 'encouraging' gives you support and confidence.  Notice the following:

  1. The news was encouraging.
  2. My parents are encouraging me to study abroad.

in some sense

Well, in some sense, yes.

The phrase 'in some sense' is similar in meaning to 'in some ways'.  Notice the following:

  1. It's in some sense, the best movie ever.
  2. I am, in some sense, afraid to use English with native speakers.

singles or doubles

Do you prefer singles or doubles?

In a sport such as tennis for example, when two individuals play against each other, we say 'singles'. When each team consists of two players, we say 'doubles.'  Notice the following:

  1. The Williams sisters competed together in the doubles tournament.
  2. Pete's won the most Wimbledon men's singles titles of any modern player.


Hitting backhand is the most difficult?

In tennis, 'backhand' is a way of hitting the ball with the back of our hand facing the net.  Notice the following:

  1. I need to work on my backhand.
  2. She has a strong backhand.

the boundary lines

Hit to the boundary lines.

In tennis, the white 'boundary lines' mark the edge of the court and service area.  Notice the following:

  1. A ball landing on the boundary line is considered in play.
  2. The shot fell just outside the boundary line.