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Vocabulary Quiz
compulsive • metaphorical • impatient
in turn • lost
  1. I think you need a vacation from your problems.
  2. He can get very when people do things more slowly than he wants.
  3. You should go to bed earlier, and you will wake up earlier.
  4. When he got into three accidents in the same year, he his license.
  5. He is sort of obsessive about having a big breakfast on the  weekend.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

1215 A Few Bad Habits
Mike talks with Erina about some of his bad habits and why he does them and if he can change.

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obsessive compulsive

I have slightly obsessive compulsive tendencies.

'Obsessive compulsive' tendencies are things you do very frequently without even thinking about it. For example, some people are obsessive compulsive about moisturizing their hands. Notice the following:

  1. I am very obsessive compulsive about my morning routine.
  2. She is very obsessive compulsive about the cleanliness of her house.


I metaphorically arrange things in my head.

You do something 'metaphorically' when one action is symbolic of another action. Here, it is impossible for Nathan to physically arrange thoughts in his head, but by organizing physical things, he feels more organized mentally. Notice the following:

  1. Watching stupid television shows like this is like metaphorical junk food for my brain.
  2. This week has been like running a metaphorical marathon.


When I get behind the wheel of a car I sometimes get impatient.

When you are 'impatient' about something, you don't want to wait or have patience about it. If you are impatient, you want things to happen faster. Notice the following:

  1. Stop being so impatient about this situation. There is nothing you can do besides wait.
  2. I am very impatient about waiting for people to return my calls.

in turn

I put more weight on the gas pedal and in turn I go faster.

'In turn' is similar in meaning to 'as a result.' Notice the following:

  1. He is usually happy, and in turn makes the people around him happy too.
  2. I had a late start to the day, and in turn I felt like I was rushing to try to catch up all day.

lose your license

You don't want to lose your license.

You 'lose your license' when you do something terrible and irresponsible when you are driving and the police officer tells you that you have lost your driving privileges. Notice the following:

  1. His eyesight got so bad when he got old that he lost his license.
  2. He lost his license the third time he got caught driving drunk.