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Vocabulary Quiz
fight • take a side • temper
control • fault
  1. Don't make me lose my .
  2. She can get really out of when she gets angry.
  3. Sometimes it's hard not to in arguments.
  4. He tries to say that everything he does wrong is actually his sister's .
  5. They had a huge about who does more around the house.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

1210 Mad and Embarrassed
Vella talks with Daniel about two times she expressed strong emotions about an event in her life.

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a huge fight

I had a huge fight with my father.

A 'huge fight' is a large argument. Notice the following:

  1. She's sad today, because she had a huge fight with her boyfriend last night.
  2. I had to go for a run, because we had a huge fight.

take a side

My dad took her side instead of my side.

When you 'take a side' in a debate or argument, you agree with one side and support the person with that point of view. Notice the following:

  1. You always take her side.
  2. I prefer not to take a side in arguments like this.

lose my temper

I lost my temper and I started hitting the window

You 'lose your temper' when you lose control of your anger and your emotions explode. Notice the following:

  1. If you lose your temper, he will stop listening to you.
  2. I have something to tell you if you promise not to lose your temper.

out of control

I tend to do things that are out of control.

If you do something that is 'out of control,' it is something that you can't control that is crazy and not expected or accepted by society. Notice the following:

  1. After a few hours, the party just got out of control.
  2. You need to go to bed. You are completely out of control right now.


It's all my fault

Something that is 'your fault' happens because of you and something that you did. Notice the following:

  1. Whose fault is it that the vase was broken?
  2. It is my friend's fault that we are late today.