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scholarship • half an hour • bugs
ended up • repellent
  1. We need to buy sunscreen and insect for the trip.  You know how I hate bugs and sunburn.
  2. We tried to sleep outside, but we renting a hotel room.
  3. It takes about a to get there.
  4. She loves camping, but she hates .
  5. He got a to an excellent music school.
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857 Tampa, Florida
Mike talks about living in Florida and what is nice and not nice about it.

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scholarship

I got a scholarship to play soccer.

A 'scholarship' is an amount of money given to someone by a school or organization to help pay for their education.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm on a football scholarship.
  2. She won a full scholarship to Harvard.

half an hour

It lasts for about half an hour.

'Half an hour' is a time expression that means 30 minutes.  Notice the following:

  1. I'll be back in a half an hour.
  2. The show starts in half an hour.

bugs

There's so many bugs.

'Bug' is an informal name for an insect.  Notice the following:

  1. The bugs drove us crazy.
  2. She's scared of crawly bugs.

end up

They end up biting you.

The phrase 'end up' describes the situation or result that follows an action, event or activity.  Notice the following:

  1. We ended up staying in a hotel.
  2. I often end up falling asleep when I read.

repellent

As long as you have bug repellent, it's no problem.

'Repellent' is a substance that keeps insects away. In this case, it's a liquid we rub on our skin.  Notice the following:

  1. Don't forget the insect repellent.
  2. You need insect repellent at night.