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get off • long week• flustered
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  1. Do you need help? You look a little.
  2. My flight was delayed, so I'm not going to to the meeting today.
  3. You should at the bus stop next to the supermarket.
  4. Last week was a at school because we had finals.
  5. I was in a to meet you, and I forgot your present.
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473 Bus Ride
Akane talks about a bus trip that did not go well.

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got off

The other day when I got off the bus, I thought we were on the same bus, but you weren't around.

When you 'get off' of some form of transportation, it means that you go down from it or get out of it.  You can get off a bus, train, plain, motorcycle or bicycle.  Notice the following:

  1. I got off the subway at the wrong stop, so I had to walk about 5 blocks.
  2. We got off the plane about 5 minutes ago.

long week

I was so tired that afternoon because I'd had a long week.

'Long week', use like this, means a week that has many things going on and makes you feel tired or stressed. Notice the following:

  1. I need to relax this weekend, because I have a long week ahead of me.
  2. The first week of classes is always a long week.


I didn't say anything to the bus driver, because I was so flustered.

When something makes you feel agitated because you are confused, it makes you feel flustered. Many times we feel flustered when we are rushed. Notice the following:

  1. There is no need to get flustered. We have plenty of time.
  2. He gets very flustered when he drives in traffic.

in a rush

I was in a rush to get off that I didn't really get to say anything.

When you are 'in a rush,' you are trying to do things quickly because you have to go somewhere or do something in the very near future.  When you don't have enough time to do what you are trying to do at a comfortable speed, you can say that you are 'in a rush.' Notice the following:

  1. Can we talk about this later? I am kind of in a rush right now.
  2. It seems like she is always in a rush when I talk to her.

make it

What time did you actually make it home?

The time that you 'make it' to a place is the time that you arrive there.  Notice the following:

  1. She said she would definitely make it to the party.
  2. I don't think we are going to make it on time. We will probably be about 30 minutes late.