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ghosts • watchful eye • frustrating
worth the hassle • look up
  1. I always words I don't know.
  2. He keeps a on his children.
  3. Writing can be very .
  4. People in a loveless marriage feel like there are living with a .
  5. It's not . Let's not do it.
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1265 Computers in Class

Peter and Sarah debate the use of computers in the classroom and how they use them.

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a crowd of ghosts

It feels like I'm speaking to a crowd of ghosts.

Here, the speaker means that the people in his class are not listening to him or noticing him.


That's a frustrating topic.

If something is frustrating, it makes you angry or upset. Notice the following:

  1. Doing paperwork perfectly is very frustrating.
  2. Not moving in traffic is frustrating.

watchful eye

I keep a watchful eye on my students.

When you keep a watchful eye on something, you watch it carefully to make sure no problems occur. Notice the following:

  1. When baking bread, it is important to keep a watchful eye on it in the oven.
  2. Parents tend to keep an watchful eye on their children.

look up

They are using it to look up a word.

When you look up a word, you read a dictionary to check its meaning or spelling. We also look up details about people or places. Notice the following:

  1. If you don't know what a word means, look it up.
  2. I need to look up the number for the pizza parlour.

not worth the hassle

It is not worth the hassle to collect the phones.

When something is not worth the hassle, there is more trouble or problems than benefits for doing something. Notice the following:

  1. I want to have a party, but it is not worth the hassle. The next day there is so much cleaning up to do.
  2. For many people, getting married is not worth the hassle. They prefer to stay single.