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Quiz 1: Vocabulary Focus
independent • time of need • allergic
mind • maintenance
  1. Just put out food for the cats and they can themselves.
  2. From the time she was a baby she has always been very . She loves doing things alone.
  3. She was a very good friend to me in my .
  4. They are very high . If you go away for the weekend they both bring at least 2 suitcases.
  5. He is extremely to peanuts. If he eats one he will probably die.
Quiz 2: Comprehension Q's
Answer the following questions about the interview.
Mixer Topic

Mixer #03 Cats vs. Dogs

Cats and dogs make great pets. But if you had to choose, which one would you pick?

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independent

A cat is independent and will walk itself.

When we are 'independent' we do not need the help of others.  Notice the following:

  1. Kids from western cultures become independent from their parents earlier than kids from Asian cultures.
  2. Cats are much more independent than dogs.

time of need

Dogs can help you in a time of need.

In a 'time of need,' we require the help of others.  Notice the following:

  1. In times of need I always call my grandfather.
  2. He saves money every month specifically for times of need.

allergic

I'm allergic to cats.

When we are 'allergic' to something it causes sneezing, red eyes, and in serious cases, breathing problems.  Notice the following:

  1. Jack wanted to be a veterinarian, but he's allergic to cats.
  2. I love red wine, but I'm allergic to it.

minded

Cats don’t need to be minded.

To 'mind something' means to take care of it. If you are minding children, you have to pay attention to them. In the case of pets, minding can include walking and feeding. them. Notice the following:

  1. Our babysitter is minding the kids for the weekend.
  2. Can you mind my dog while I'm away?

low maintenance

Cats are low maintenance animals.

'Low maintenance' means that it doesn’t require a lot of work to take care of something. If you have to do many special things to take care of something, it is high maintenance.  Notice the following:

  1. Cats are much lower maintenance than dogs.
  2. Ferrari is a nice car, but they are really high maintenance.
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