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unnecessarily • whether • car chase
nasty habit • pick up
  1. I don't remember I turned off the oven.
  2. He has a of throwing his dirty socks on the floor.
  3. Sometime she talks just because she hates silence.
  4. In over a year of living there I was only able to a few words in Spanish.
  5. There is a high speed on television right now.
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Mixer #27 Waste Of Time

Find out what six people say they waste too much time doing.

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I worry unnecessarily about different things in my life.

Here, the word 'unnecessarily' is used to talk about things we don't need to do. Notice the following.

  1. Students often worry unnecessarily about their appearance.
  2. The teacher was unnecessarily strict about grammar.



I often worry about whether I'll be successful in life.

The word 'whether' is very similar in meaning to 'if'. Notice the following:

  1. She doesn't know whether she can come to the party.
  2. She doesn't know if she can come to the party.

car chase


I had a lot of fun playing the old car chase games.

We use the word 'chase' to talk about hurrying after something or someone in order to catch them. Notice the following:

  1. Almost every action movie has a car chase.
  2. I hate to see beautiful cars damaged in chase scenes.

a nasty habit


Watching TV can be a nasty habit.

A habit is something we do again and again. And nasty means something very negative. Notice the following:

  1. Smoking is a nasty habit.
  2. In my culture, people spit a lot. It's just a nasty habit.

picked up


That's a nasty habit I've picked up lately.

The phrasal verb 'pick up' has many meanings, but here we use it to talk about a habit we have developed, usually from spending time in a particular place or with particular people. Notice the following:

  1. My dad picked up smoking when he was in the military.
  2. Taking off my shoes before entering a home is a habit I picked up while working in Japan.