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sign up for • opposite sex • floats around
composed • loses his head
  1. She has problems paying attention and just the classroom instead of working.
  2. My boss when people make mistakes.
  3. He was very when he heard the news about his mother.
  4. She want me to yoga classes with her.
  5. I prefer classes without the .
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233 College
Shawn talks about his life in college. .

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sign up for

I knew that I was going to be the only guy in class when I signed up for the program.

When you 'sign up for' a class or program you register to participate in it.  Notice the following:

  1. Did you sign up for all your classes already?
  2. I am going to sign up for a fitness boot camp next month.

opposite sex

You're in class to get education, not just to meet the opposite sex.

The 'opposite sex' is a male if you are a female or a female if you are male. Notice the following:

  1. Most of her friends are of the opposite sex.
  2. He has always been more comfortable with the opposite sex.

float around

You can float around the classroom and talk to anybody you want.

When you move around a room or other area without any real direction we say that you are floating around. Notice the following:

  1. She just kind of floats around at school and doesn't have many friends.
  2. The bride just floated around and talked to everyone at the reception.


I'd say that men are more composed, compared to women.

A 'composed' person is very calm and doesn't get overly excited or emotional about things. Notice the following:

  1. She's composed at work, but in her personal life she is all about fun.
  2. He is always very composed during debates, which is why he'll be a good lawyer.

lose my head

I'm able not to lose my head right away.

When you 'lose your head' you lose control of your emotions, usually becoming very angry. Notice the following:

  1. She loses her head when people make a mistake on her order at a restaurant.
  2. It really makes me lose my head when I feel like someone is rude to me.