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pretty good • happened • precise
sit by • rolled open • takes off
  1. He the window a little bit so his dog could have air.
  2. I to run into him at the airport.
  3. Do you want to your boyfriend?
  4. I felt terrible earlier this week, but I'm doing now.
  5. Do you get nervous when your plane ?
  6. She will graduate next Friday at 7 P.M. to be .
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14 Big Apple Baby
Kevin talks about his earliest memories in New York when he was still a baby.

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

doing pretty good

[How are you doing?] I'm doing pretty good.

The phrase 'doing pretty good' is a common answer to questions about how we feel.  This answer is actually incorrect grammar, but is used in everyday speech. Notice the following:

  1. She's doing pretty good for just having surgery.
  2. He's doing pretty good in school now.

happened to (be)

My parents happened to be living in New York at that time.

We use the phrase 'happened to be' for things that happened by chance or coincidence or things that are suprising.  Notice the following:

  1. I happened to be sitting at a coffee shop when the accident happened.
  2. She happened to see Britney Spears crossing the street.

to be precise

My birthday is in May, May 25th to be precise.

We use the phrase 'to be precise' when we want to give exact information about something.  Notice the following:

  1. It must be at least 90 degrees.  The thermometer says 92 to be precise.
  2. He's in his 50's, fifty-four to be precise.

sit by

I used to love sitting by the kitchen windows.

If you 'sit by' something you sit near to it.  Notice the following:

  1. She prefers to sit next to the door in class.
  2. It's nice to sit next to the fire in the winter.

used to or roll (the window) open or take off and land

I used to roll the window open and just watch the airplanes take off and land.

To 'roll a window open' is to use a hand crank to open it.  When a plane 'takes off' it leaves the ground and when it 'lands' it comes back to the ground. Notice the following:

  1. You have to roll the car window open because it's not electric.
  2. What time did the plane land?