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Situation 35 The Interview
Erina shows up at Pizza Palace for her interview with the store manager.

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He's out.

Mike is not here. He's out.

When someone is out, that means they are not there but that they should be back soon. However, it also usually means it is unsure when the person will be back. Here are a few other examples:

  1. Mike is out now. Can I take a message?
  2. I will be out all afternoon. Tell me if I get any messages.


Do you have a work-agreement?

Here, a work-agreement is just an agreement between two countries to let their citizens work in each other countries. For example, Australia and Japan have a work-agreement where their young people can work in each other's countries for one year.

start you out

We should start you out making pizzas.

If you start someone out doing something, that means you will teach them how to do something. If you start out making pizzas, then you begin making pizzas before learning something else. Notice the following:

  1. I will start you out with and easy task before giving you another.
  2. New learners of anything start out making mistakes before learning from them.

arrange my schedule

I can arrange my schedule

When you arrange a schedule, then you change the times of appointments or make new ones. If someone is going to arrange their schedule, then they are likely changing the time of something already planned to accommodate something else. Here are a few examples:

  1. I am busy this week, but let me arrange my schedule so I can see you.
  2. She said she can't arrange her schedule for us.

work out

If it works out, we can get you started.

When something works out, that means it happens without problems or inconvenience and will continue to happen for sometime. When people talk about something working out, they often are talking about some relationship between more than one person. Notice the following:

  1. I hope this job works out. I don't want to look for a new one.
  2. The house I wanted to get didn't work out. I will have to look for a new one.