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Vocabulary Quiz
any trouble • every bit • hooked
effort • regular food • sling
  1. The kids ate of the cake that I made for your birthday.
  2. The class takes a lot of , but you will learn a lot.
  3. At what age can babies eat ?
  4. They had to put on him so he wouldn't hit the doctors.
  5. Why is your arm in a ?
  6. If you have at the airport you can call me.
  7. He is really on his new video game.  He almost never leaves his room
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

864 The Recovery
Shibika talks about how life changed once she was seriously injured.

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experience any trouble


Did you experience any trouble?

The phrase 'experience any trouble' means the same as 'have any problems'.  Notice the following:

  1. Did you experience any trouble at the border?
  2. Did she experience any trouble with the medication?

every bit of it


Every bit of it changed.

The phrase 'every bit of it' is similar in meaning to the word 'everything'. Often they are interchangeable.  Notice the following:

  1. It was a big meal, but he ate every bit of it.
  2. Her new boyfriend takes every bit of her time.



I got really hooked after that.

When we are 'hooked' on something, that means we want to do it as often as possible. It can be positive or negative.  Notice the following:

  1. Sadly, he got hooked on drugs at a young age.
  2. I'm hooked on exercise.

require a lot of effort


Activities that did not require a lot of effort.

Something that 'requires a lot of effort' takes hard work to complete or do well.  Notice the following:

  1. It requires a lot of effort to speak English as a second language.
  2. Keeping your room clean doesn't require a lot of effort.

regular food


I could eat regular food.

Regular food is the food we eat everyday. Sometimes people in the hospital, because of certain medical problems, can't eat regular food.  Notice the following:

  1. After my visit to the dentist, I couldn't eat regular food for three days.
  2. I could still eat regular food while in the hospital.

a sling


It was tied to a sling.

The best example of a 'sling' is a special device, usually made of cloth that is fastened around the neck to support an injured or broken arm.  Notice the following:

  1. I had my arm in a sling for three weeks.
  2. The sling was a little uncomfortable.



Do you still have any constraints?

A 'constraint' is something that reduces your ability to do what you want.  Notice the following:

  1. Do you have any physical constraints?
  2. The constraints of his job stopped him from commenting.