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Quiz 1: Vocabulary Focus
filled with • abuse • the block
terrified • within
  1. Many musicians have drug problems.
  2. We can walk there. The store is just down .
  3. I'm of high places, so rock climbing is not something I would like to try.
  4. There are about 20 coffee shops 3 miles of my house.
  5. Can we open a window? The room is smoke.
Quiz 2: Comprehension Q's
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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MX47 Happy Place

Six people talks about if they are happy where they live at the moment.

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filled with

It's too busy and too loud and filled with pollution.

'Filled with' is an idiom we use to talk about a lot of something to the point that a space is full. Notice the following:

  1. The stadium was filled with football fans.
  2. The train to Marseille was filled with young travelers.

abuse

I'm not happy where I live because of the drug abuse.

When we 'abuse' something, we use it in a negative way or in excessive amounts.  Notice the following:

  1. Alcohol abuse kills over 2 million people each year.
  2. Smoking, alcohol and drug abuse cost the US close to 5 billion dollars last year.

down the block

There is a hospital just down the block.

We use the phrase 'just down the block' to talk about a nearby place on the same road.  Notice the following:

  1. There's a coffee shop just down the block.
  2. I live just down the block from my school.

terrified

I'm terrified to go home at night

When we are 'terrified' it means we are very scared or afraid of something:

  1. His boss is terrified of flying.
  2. I'm terrified of failing the exam.

within

There are a lot of good places within half-an-hours drive.

We use the word 'within' to talk about a period of time or a distance between the start and finish of something.  Notice the following:

  1. Most students finish college within 4-5 years.
  2. My new iPad should arrive within a week.
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