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scooters • hassle • feet
bed town • like sardines
  1. are great for transportation, as long as it's not raining.
  2. Can we meet there a little earlier? Driving around in the city at that time of day is a .
  3. When I see everyone on the public bus I usually decide to walk.
  4. He spent a few years living in a when he was trying to get a promotion at his company.
  5. There are so many interesting things to see here that I practically walked my into the ground during the first few days.
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344 Daily Routine

Eli compares two routines.

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I'd get on my scooter to do it.

A 'scooter' is a type of motorbike that is not very powerful and can be electric or use petrol.

Notice the following:

  1. Having a scooter is very handy as it means I can park just about anywhere.
  2. I can't carry many groceries when I am on my scooter.


Walking anywhere would be just a massive hassle.

When something is a 'hassle' it means that it is a problem, difficult or frustrating.

Notice the following:

  1. Please do not hassle me I am trying to concentrate on my work.
  2. Traffic jams are a real hassle.

walked my feet into the ground

When I first arrived, I walked my feet into the ground.

'Walking your feet into the ground' means that you have walked a very long way and you are feeling tired.

Notice the following:

  1. On my first day at work I walked my feet into the ground.
  2. When she takes me shopping she always walks my feet into the ground.

bed towns

We all live out sort of in the suburbs in what we call bed towns.

'Bed towns' are areas of a city where people who work long hours live and they are only at home to sleep.

Notice the following:

  1. I do not want to only go home to sleep and live in a bed town.
  2. A lot of student doctors live in bed towns.

like sardines

It's a pretty shocking experience for me, especially the hour of commuting on the train where you're kept in like sardines.

When a lot of people are packed into a small space they are referred to as being 'like sardines.'

Notice the following:

  1. We were all squeezed on to that train like sardines.
  2. Airlines have so many people on planes nowadays that I feel like a sardine.



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