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convenient • camper • hooked
move • sports car • regret
  1. When we designed this house we wanted everything to be as as possible.
  2. I really all of those terrible things I said to you.
  3. We rented a when we went on vacation. It has always been my dream to drive that fast.
  4. We will have to get a van for the concert crew to sleep in.
  5. The sink in the kitchen doesn't work yet because it's not up.
  6. It takes time to on when someone you love dies.
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421 VW Buses
Simon and Todd both talk about VW buses and vehicles they had in the past.

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convenient

I would drive all of us to and from practice or games, and so it was very convenient.

Something that is 'convenient' is easy to use or makes life easier. Notice the following:

  1. It would be more convenient if i could stop and get you on my way home from work.
  2. Having one control for all of my electronics is so much more convenient.

camperized van, camper van

My family had the camperized van with a refrigerator, table and bed in it.

More commonly called a 'camper van,' this is a vehicle that you can drive and live out of. It is like a very small house on wheels. It is usually a little bigger than a normal sized van and may have sides that pop out to make more room inside. Notice the following:

  1. We usually sleep in a camper van because I never sleep well in a tent.
  2. He traveled around the country in a camper van the summer after he finished high school.

hooked up

My van did have a small sink, although I never had water hooked up to it.

When used like this, 'hook up' has the same meaning as 'connect.' Notice the following:

  1. The DJ is hooking up all the speakers now.
  2. We have to get the electricity hooked up in here tomorrow.

time to move on

We don't have the van anymore - time to move on, I guess.

When it is 'time to move on' it is time to emotionally recuperate from something and continue with your life. Notice the following:

  1. College is over. It's time to move on.
  2. Six months after she broke up with her boyfriend she finally decided it was time to move on.

sports car

I had the van for three years and then I wanted a sports car, so I got rid of it.

A 'sports car' is a car that is made to drive fast and create excitement for the driver. Notice the following:

  1. His first car after he got a job was a red sports car.
  2. He bought a sports car after his kids went away to school.

regret

I kind of regret getting rid of the van, but I guess that's just normal.

When you 'regret' something you feel bad about doing it. Notice the following:

  1. I don't think that taking time to travel is something that you will ever regret.
  2. She says now that she regrets getting married so young.