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Quiz 1: Vocabulary Focus
take up space • obsolete • all-in-one
dependent • on their way out
  1. She is on her mother for help.
  2. The TV will soon become .
  3. My car is cool but it too much space in the garage.
  4. Have you seen my gardening tool.
  5. Those socks are no longer cool. They are with teens.
Quiz 2: Comprehension Q's
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Mixer 128 Techno Obsolete
Listen to six people discuss what technology will become obsolete in the future.
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take up space

Books take up a lot of space, and they use up a lot of material.

When something takes up space, it covers a larger area. Notice the following:

  1. The sofa in my living room takes up a lot of space.
  2. The parking garage takes up a lot of space downtown.


I think the television will become obsolete.

When something is obsolete, it is not longer needed or useful. Notice the following:

  1. Soon alarm clocks will be obsolete as people can just use their cell phones instead.
  2. Horses as transportation became obsolete after the invention of cars.

on their way out

Huge, large, clanky televisions are probably on their way out.

When something is on the way out, that means people will soon stop using it. Notice the following:

  1. That fashion trend seems to be on the way out.
  2. With more and more reality shows, TV dramas seem to be on the way out.


New digital cameras can do everything all-in-one.

When something is all-in-one, that means it has many purposes. Notice the following:

  1. The swiss army knife is a great all-in-one tool.
  2. The movie trilogy can be bought in an all-in-one DVD set.

dependent on

Maybe it will be dependent on wind fuel or solar energy.

When you are dependent on someone or something, that means you need it to survive. Notice the following:

  1. People are still too dependent on cars for transportation.
  2. Food crops are very dependent on the weather.