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dehydrated • itinerary • figure out
optimistic • backtrack • pitch dark
  1. I had some great teachers who helped me be about my future.
  2. The hikers was really when the rescuers found him.
  3. When the electricity stopped working it was in the house.
  4. I need to how many more miles we have to travel.
  5. She tried to to get home and got lost.
  6. According to the the next flight is out of gate 87.
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245 Lost
Norman talks about a time he got lost in the woods.

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Tell us about your hiking trip where you almost got dehydrated.

When you are 'dehydrated' you don't have enough water in your system to be healthy. Many times you are thirsty and get a really bad headache when you just begin to become dehydrated. Notice the following:

  1. It is important that you drink lots of water when you travel so you don't get dehydrated.
  2. I must have been really dehydrated because I just drank 2 liters of water.

itinerary or figured out

I had not done the itinerary, but my friend figured out how much we could walk.

An 'itinerary' is a detailed plan which shows what will happen each day or at a specific time.  In this case, 'figure out' is very similar to calculate. Notice the following:

  1. I already printed out our travel itinerary for tomorrow.
  2. She wants me to figure out exactly how much she owes me.


I didn't realize that my friend was more optimistic than I was.

An 'optimistic' person always expects the best from every situation.  In this case 'optimistic' is very similar to confident or hopeful.Notice the following:

  1. She is always so optimistic about everything that happens in her life.
  2. I am trying to be optimistic, but it looks like my flight is going to be canceled.


I knew we were backtracking, so I mentioned that to my colleagues.

When you 'backtrack' go back through something you have already passed through.  This can be literally walking back through a place, or discussing a topic that has already been discussed.  Notice the following:

  1. Let's backtrack and see if we can find your hat.
  2. I think it would be better if we backtrack and discuss the problem again.

pitch dark

It was pitch dark by the time we had to climb up.

If a place is 'pitch dark' it is completely black without any kind of light. Notice the following:

  1. To sleep well it has to be pitch dark in her bedroom.
  2. It was pitch dark, but I decided to go for a walk anyway.