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serve • dining car • halfway
get back • handicapped
  1. There are always a few parking spaces right in front of the store.
  2. You can order the food here and then we you at your table.
  3. What time are you going to from work tonight?
  4. The food in the is expensive, but really good.
  5. We got about here before we realized that we forgot your present.
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373 Train Ride
Adrienne asks her grandmother, Vivian, about her memories of taking a train.

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serve

Back then, you weren't served meals at your seat.

When something is 'served' to you it is brought to you where you are sitting. We usually use this to talk about food or drinks.

Notice the following:

  1. I used to serve the customers in my grandad's restaurant.
  2. There was nobody available to serve us.

dining car

You could go into the dining car and eat.

A 'dining car' is a carriage on a train that serves food and drinks.

Notice the following:

  1. Are there tables and chairs in the dining car?
  2. They are serving a lovely soup in the dining car today.

halfway

I lived in Jaffy, Missouri, it was halfway between Memphis and St. Louis.

When something is 'halfway' between two places it means that it is the midway point.

Notice the following:

  1. I will stop halfway and take a break in my journey to have a rest.
  2. I think we are halfway there now.

get back from

On this trip that we just got back from yesterday, we were in the lower car because it's a handicap car.

To 'get back from' somewhere means that you return home.

Notice the following:

  1. I will cook dinner when I get back from work.
  2. I have to find a job when I get back from my holiday as I have no money.

handicapped

My sister is handicapped.

When somebody is 'handicapped' it means that they have a disability of some kind. This can either be a physical or mental disability

Notice the following:

  1. He was born handicapped.
  2. I work for a charity that helps handicapped people.