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come out • unscathed • formative
joint • let him out
  1. He took a bad fall on his bicycle, but somehow walked away .
  2. When his mother finds out what he did she is never going to of the house.
  3. This is kind of a project.
  4. Moving so much in his years really made him an adaptable person.
  5. I think a lot of good things are going to of this situation.
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Mixer Topic

Mixer #35 High School

High school can be terrific or terrible. Listen to six people share what they thought of it.

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came out of it


I think I came out of it relatively unscathed.

How you 'come out of something' is your position or condition when something finishes. Notice the following:

  1. William got into a fight at school yesterday, but he came out of it OK.
  2. We were in a car accident last weekend. Luckily, everyone came out of it OK.



He survived the crash unscathed.

When something or someone comes out of a negative situation 'unscathed' that means without injury or damage. Notice the following:

  1. The school remained unscathed after the earthquake.
  2. They survived the fire scared but unscathed.

formative years


They call it formative years.

Our 'formative years' are ages one to twelve. These are the years we form much of the values and behavior that make us who we are as adults. Notice the following:

  1. I spent my formative years at a boarding school in Switzerland.
  2. Eating healthy is particularly important during our formative years.

joint studies


We did a lot of joint studies.

Here, 'joint' means something we do together with one or more people. Notice the following:

  1. The project was a joint effort between the two companies.
  2. Rick's 401K is jointly funded by his employer.

let me out


They're never going to let me out of school.

To 'let someone out' means to allow them to leave a place. Notice the following:

  1. Mom won't let me out of the house until I clean my room.
  2. If I don't improve my grades, they'll never let me out of school.