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pulls out • back into • instruments
keep going • backup
  1. I think if you with soccer you will be very good when you're a few years older.
  2. He got rollerblading a few months after his surgery.
  3. Sometimes he just paper and a pen and starts writing.
  4. Right now I play guitar and do vocals in a rock band.
  5. How many can you play?
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875 Wish List
Rebecca talks about what things she wishes she could do but can't.

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pull out

My friends can just pull out a guitar.

Here, Rebecca means that her friends can easily start playing guitar and singing anywhere, anytime without thinking about it.  Notice the following:

  1. I pulled out my wallet and bought it.
  2. The suspect pulled out a gun and started shooting.

get back into

I would love to get back into playing.

When we 'get back into' something, that means we start doing it again after stopping for awhile.  Notice the following:

  1. I need to get back into jogging.
  2. She quit her job to get back into painting.

instruments

They're expensive instruments.

A saxophone, a piano, a guitar, are all examples of musical 'instruments.'  Notice the following:

  1. I think the saxophone is the best sounding instrument.
  2. His shop is filled with second hand instruments.

kept going

If I had kept going, I could have joined them.

To 'keep going' means to continue doing something without stopping.  Notice the following:

  1. I wish I had kept going.
  2. You should keep going.

backup vocals

I just do backup vocals.

In many bands there is the lead singer who actually sings the song, and 'backup singers' who add extra vocals. At concerts or on music videos, we usually see backup singers standing behind the lead singer.  Notice the following:

  1. She started her career singing back up vocals.
  2. The back up vocals are great on that song.