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Quiz 1: Vocabulary Focus
stuck • big pain • attract
basically • pastime
  1. Losing your purse or wallet is a .
  2. Poker is a very common for men here.
  3. I'm in a meeting so I can't pick you up at work.
  4. I have been on my feet all day.
  5. He is doing that to your attention.
Quiz 2: Comprehension Q's
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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MX31 Waste of Money

Find out what these six people waste their money on.

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It's terrible if I'm stuck on the train.

When we are 'stuck' someplace that means we can't leave.  Notice the following:

  1. The storm delayed our flight so we were stuck in the airport all night.
  2. I hate being stuck on a bus for for hours. 

a big pain

That's a big pain.

Something that is 'a big pain' is usually very inconvenient.  Notice the following:

  1. I need to renew my driver's license.  The test, the paper work and the waiting in line are such a big pain.
  2. Check-in at the airport is always a big pain lately.


Shiny things really attract me.

Something that 'attracts' us causes us to become interested.  Notice the following:

  1. What attracted me about having my own business was the freedom.
  2. The idea of studying abroad really attracts me.


I just spend money on food and drinks basically.

We use the word 'basically' when we talk about general things, not details.  Notice the following:

  1. Sandra gossips a lot, but she's basically a nice girl.
  2. There are many activities on elllo, but it's basically a listening site.


Shopping is always a fun pastime and I find it relaxing.

A 'pastime' is an activity we do for fun or to relax.  Notice the following:

  1. They say that baseball is America's pastime.
  2. My dad's favorite pastime is reading.
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