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Vocabulary Quiz
under • eye • passion
devastated • pulling
  1. They have been married for over 30 years and still have in their relationship.
  2. If I don't get stuck in traffic, I will be there in three hours.
  3. She has been her hair out all this week waiting for his call.
  4. He will never look you in the if he is lying to you.
  5. The whole family was when their cat ran away.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

1154 Long Distance Relationships

Maria and Alex discuss if they believe that long distance relationships work.

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under a year

Under a year you haven't really learned to depend on the other person.

In this case 'under' means 'less than.' Notice the following:

  1. The whole process will take under a month.
  2. He will be back to work in under a week.

in the eye

Look the other person in the eye.

When you look at someone 'in the eye,' you make eye contact with them.  They are looking at you and you are looking at them. Notice the following:

  1. I hate talking on the phone because I can't look the other person in the eye.
  2. Look me in the eye and tell me how you feel.


Then the passion slowly fades.

'Passion' is a strong feeling of desire or love. Notice the following:

  1. Most relationships have a lot of passion at the beginning.
  2. We both have a lot of passion for our careers.


It was a week and I was devastated.

If you are 'devastated' you are overwhelmed with sadness or disappointment. Notice the following:

  1. He didn't get the job that he wanted and was completely devastated.
  2. She was completely devastated when her team lost the game.

pulling (my) hair out

I was just pulling my hair out.

You 'pull your hair out' when you feel really frustrated. Notice the following:

  1. If you spend too much time with him you will want to pull your hair out.
  2. Sitting in traffic when I'm in a hurry makes me want to pull my hair out.