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Vocabulary Quiz
can't stop • chip in • fuchsia
too intrusive • on the spot • grappling
  1. Once she starts eating cookies she until they are gone.
  2. I have been with the decision all day.
  3. Your housemate is .  She is always trying to join conversations that she is not part of.
  4. The interviewer put her by asking some really personal questions.
  5. Some of the taxis in Bangkok are actually a color.
  6. If everyone could for the food and drinks that would be great.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

849 His Wedding
Chris talks about his upcoming wedding and plans for the big event.

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once you start, you just can't stop

Once you start, you just can't stop it.

We use the phrase 'once you start, you just can't stop.' to talk about something that, for many reasons is, often difficult to stop.  Notice the following:

  1. Be careful, once you start smoking, you just can't easily stop.
  2. Try aerobics. Once you start, you just can't stop.

chip in

She wants her friends chip in.

When we 'chip in,' each member of a group gives a small amount of money so they can buy or pay for something.  Notice the following:

  1. Everybody chipped in for the bill.
  2. Can you chip in for his birthday gift?


My wedding colors are red and fuchsia.

'Fuchsia' is a bright pink color.  Notice the following:

  1. My bedroom was fuchsia when I was a little girl.
  2. My sister loves fuchsia.

too intrusive

It always seems a little bit too intrusive.

Someone or something that is 'intrusive,' is annoying or disturbing in a negative way.  Notice the following:

  1. The pop-ups on the website were too intrusive.
  2. I hate that store. The sales people there are too intrusive.

on the spot

You're on the spot.

When we are 'on the spot,' that means we are uncomfortable in a certain situation because other people are focusing their attention on us.  Notice the following:

  1. I was on the spot when she asked if I liked her dress.
  2. He was put on the spot by the reporter's questions.

grappling with

I'm still grappling with that idea.

When we 'grapple with' a situation, that means we are having a difficult time making a decision.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm grappling with studying abroad. It's so expensive.
  2. She's grappling with quitting her job.