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Vocabulary Quiz
out of town • leave a mess •big deal
as long as • keep an eye out
  1. Be sure not to after you are done.
  2. I should not be a if you stay overnight.
  3. Please for the weather.
  4. She will attend she gets the time off work.
  5. We will be for a month.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

Mixer 130 Animal Care

Listen to six people ask their friends if they will look after their pet while they are away.

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

out of town

I'm going to be out of town for two days.

When people are out of town, they are away on a trip. Notice the following:

  1. My parents are out of town for a few days so I plan to have a party.
  2. Bob is out of town for a month. Can I take a message?

leave a mess

Don't feed him too much because it will leave a mess in the tank.

When you leave a mess, you leave things dirty or cluttered. Notice the following:

  1. If you cook dinner, please do not leave a mess.
  2. The partiers left a mess in the hotel room.

it won't be a big deal

If you miss a day, it won't be a big deal.

When something is a big deal, it bothers people. Notice the following:

  1. If you miss class, it won't be a big deal.
  2. If you do not pay your taxes, eventually it will be a big deal.

as long as

As long as you provide some water and some seed, then the bird will be happy.

Here, the phrase 'as long as' is a conditional phrase similar to 'if'. Notice the following:

  1. We plan to play tennis as long as it does not rain.
  2. As long as you study, you should pass the class.

keep an eye out for

Please keep an eye out for the local cat.

When you keep an eye out for something, that means you are consciously looking for it. Notice the following:

  1. When I shop, I try to keep an eye out for bargains.
  2. Parents must always keep an eye out for their children.