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Vocabulary Quiz
put off • shake off • care for
for the sake of • even the slightest
  1. We went to bed early just it.
  2. The company can't the rumors it is bankrupt.
  3. We plan to the party till next month .
  4. We don't tennis much.
  5. She was not bit worried she would get sick.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

Mixer 150 Do you have any bad habits?

Listen to what six people talk about their bad habits, or things they should not do but do.

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

put off

Yeah, I procrastinate. This means to kind of put stuff off.

When you put off something, you postpone it or delay it. Notice the following:

  1. She alwasys puts stuff off until the last minute.
  2. I always put off studying and then I fail my tests.

shake off

But it's still a part of me that I really, really can't shake off.

When you shake off some mood or feeling, you stop allowing it to affect you. Notice the following:

  1. I can't seem to shake off this cold.
  2. He had some bad luck, but he shook it off and now he is fine.

not care much for

I don't care much for cleaning

When you don't care for something, you don't like it. Notice the following:

  1. I don't care much for tennis.
  2. She doesn't care for golf, but he loves it.

just for the sake of

I often eat out just for the sake of eating out.

We use the phrase "just for the sake of" to show we do things for no good reason. Notice the following:

  1. Many people go to church just for the sake of being there, not for religious reasons.
  2. I often take aspirin just for the sake of it, even if I feel fine.

even the slightest

If I'm even the slightest bit tired, I'll usually lie down and take a nap

Here, the phrase 'even in the slightest' means 'a little'. Notice the following:

  1. I was surprised how quite the mall was before the holidays. It was not even the slightest bit busy.
  2. If I feel even the slightest bit sick, I go to the hospital.