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Vocabulary Quiz
shouldn't • virus • contract
up-to-date • reassured
  1. The doctor told me the my sickness is caused by a .
  2. She is always on the latest celebrity gossip.
  3. He us that everything would be okay.
  4. You smoke because it is bad for your health.
  5. It is really painful to a disease in your eye.
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Mixer Topic

Mixer #48 Hospitals

Listen as six people share they thoughts about hospitals.

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I shouldn't say that. That might be bad luck.

'Shouldn't' is the short form of 'should not. We use 'shouldn't' to talk about something that is not good to do in a certain situation. Notice the following:

  1. You shouldn't talk on your mobile while driving.
  2. I shouldn't have gotten angry with my mom.



There's a lot of viruses in hospitals.

A 'virus' is a non-bacterial organism that causes sickness and disease. Notice the following:

  1. The common cold is actually caused by a virus.
  2. The doctor said I had some kind of virus, but it wasn't serious.

contracted some disease


They contracted some disease while getting their tonsils taken out.

When we 'contract a disease' it means we get sick, often seriously. Notice the following:

  1. He contracted some disease while trekking in the Amazon.
  2. Hospital staff must be careful not to contract disease while working.



Some hospitals aren't so technologically up-to-date.

To be 'up to date' means to have the latest information or newest technology. Notice the following:

  1. The meeting brought us up-to-date on the project.
  2. The computers at my school aren't so up-to-date.



It reassures me. I quite like it.

Something or someone that 'reassures' us stops us from worrying. Notice the following:

  1. I was reassured to see some friends in my new class.
  2. He reassured us the parcel would arrive on time.