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fortunately • river dogs • threatening
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  1. The clouds are to rain pretty soon.
  2. Even when he is just walking the dog it is hard to keep up with his .
  3. The house isn't heated so all you have is your .
  4. , she wasn't hurt in the accident.
  5. They are starting a group to care for the .
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204 Bats
Todd talks about his feelings about bats.

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Fortunately, my apartment is near a river.

We use 'fortunately' to describe something that is lucky or a good thing. Notice the following:

  1. Fortunately, we didn't arrive too late for the party.
  2. Fortunately, we have made a lot of great friends since we moved here.

river dogs

The worst thing about my jogs, though, are the river dogs.

'River dogs' are homeless street dogs that live near the river. Notice the following:

  1. It feels like every year there are more river dogs.
  2. He gives the river dogs food, so they love him.


Sometimes, the dogs threaten to chase you or bite you.

If something or someone 'threatens' you he acts in a way that shows he will hurt you.  Notice the following:

  1. He threatened to stop coaching if we lose this game.
  2. Her competitive attitude is very threatening.

body heat

I think the insects are attracted to the joggers' body heat.

Your 'body heat' is warmth of your body compared to the air around you. Notice the following:

  1. There are special cameras that can sense body heat.
  2. When it's cold outside you need to cover yourself to save your body heat.


The bats will not get close to me, but they fly at the same pace.

In this case 'pace' is a speed that you maintain consistently for a long time. Notice the following:

  1. All of the bikers on our team go about the same pace.
  2. I can't run with him because his pace is too fast for me.