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works for • citrus • wait out
wiped out • doesn't matter
  1. Let's stop to eat at a restaurant and the storm.
  2. I've found that studying at a coffee shop instead of the library really me.
  3. It to me which movie we see.
  4. The smell of fruit is really refreshing for me.
  5. The fire almost all the houses on this street.
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Mixer #43 Cold Remedy

Six people share what they do to get better when they have a cold.

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works for


I put pepper in everything I eat and that works for me.

Something that 'works for' us is good or functional for us. Notice the following:

  1. I hate aerobics so I stay in shape by jogging. It works for me.
  2. Memorizing phrases is not the best way to learn English, but it works for some people.



I sometimes eat oranges and citrus fruit for vitamin C.

Citrus is simply another name for fruit (such as lemons and oranges). Notice the following:

  1. Citrus is an excellent source of vitamin C.
  2. Fresh citrus is cheap in Thailand, but expensive in the US.

wait it out


I think the only thing you can do with a cold is to wait it out.

When we 'wait something out,' that means we wait for it to finish. Notice the following:

  1. We had to wait out the storm in the flight terminal.
  2. Investors are waiting out the poor economy.

wipes the cold out


Take whiskey, lemon, honey -- heat it up, drink it -- wipes the cold out.

When something is 'wiped out' that means it's destroyed completely. Notice the following:

  1. The tsunami wiped out entire villages.
  2. Attempts to wipe out world hunger have been unsuccessful.

it doesn't really matter


I don't get colds that often so it doesn't really matter,

Something that 'doesn't matter' is unnecessary or not important to us. Notice the following:

  1. When I'm hungry, the kind of food doesn't really matter.
  2. Perfect grammar doesn't really matter when speaking English.