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Vocabulary Quiz
fall off • grumpy • boom
bone of • fly in
  1. I am if I do not get my coffee in the morning.
  2. When is your friend going to tomorrow?
  3. Losing his money in a family investment is still a contention with him.
  4. The day is already planned. Everything will go , boom, boom, as planned.
  5. I thought my leg would from walking so much.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

1214 Wedding Review
Nathan talks about how his wedding went and things that make the event fun and stressful.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

fall off

I was worried that the tooth was going to fall off.

Here, Nathan is talking about having a cap or cover on one if his teeth. When he talks about being worried that it was going to 'fall off,' he means fall out of the position that the dentist put it in around his tooth. Notice the following:

  1. His shoe fell off when he was trying to get on the bus.
  2. This hat keeps falling off my head.


You were grumpy on your wedding day?

When you are 'grumpy,' you are not in a good mood. Maybe you are a little bit sad or angry. Notice the following:

  1. I didn't sleep well last night, so I'm a little grumpy today.
  2. You seem kind of grumpy. Is something wrong?

bone of contention

That's a major bone of contention.

A 'bone of contention' is an issue that has caused many disputes. Notice the following:

  1. We know this is a bone of contention between us, so let's not talk about it.
  2. Sorry. This is clearly a bone of contention for you. I didn't mean to upset you.

fly in

Friends and family intend to fly in.

Used like this, 'fly in' means to travel by plane to get to a place. Notice the following:

  1. What time are you flying in on Saturday?
  2. My parents are going to fly in early tomorrow.