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Situation 31 The Meeting
Erina is an exchange student in Vancouver. She meets Mike and asks for directions.

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Oh, perfect because I am looking for a room.

The response 'perfect' to a an answer or statement shows the person is very happy with what they heard. Instead of 'perfect', the words 'great', 'fantastic' and 'wonderful' are also often used. Notice the following:

A: Is Bob coming to the picnic?
B: Yes, and he is bringing his family.
A: Perfect.

I don't know where to start with

A: Where have you lived?
B: I don't know where to start with.

When the speaker has lots of information, they often use the phrase 'I don't know where to start with' or 'I don't know where to begin'. This lets the listener know the answer might be long or very detailed. Notice the following:

A: What jobs have you had before?
B: I don't know where to start with. I've been a cook, clerk, driver, and others too.

dragged me

My parents dragged me to Africa.

When you drag someone somewhere, that means you take them to a place they did not want to go to on their own. You drag them because you make them go there. Notice the following:

  1. My friend dragged me to the Mall.
  2. My father is always dragging me to auto shows.

don't be a stranger

If you see me around, don't be a stranger.

The phrase 'don't be a stranger' is a nice way to say you would like to see someone again and that you like their company. Don't be a stranger is a softer way to say 'I hope to see you again.' Here are a few more uses:

  1. If you are in town, don't be a stranger. Stop by and see us.
  2. Don't be a stranger. Call sometime.

see you around

Nice to meet you. I will see you around.

The phrase 'see you around' is very similar to 'see you later'. You use the phrase 'see you around' to people you are not close to. The phrase implies that you hope to see them by chance in the future. Notice the following:

  1. I was nice to see you. I hope to see you around campus.
  2. Thanks for coming to the party. I'll hopefully see you around.