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free •  nearby • day hike
hitchhike • unlucky
  1. All his friends thought he was crazy to across the United States.
  2. Most of my friends live quite.
  3. Considering that you got married in December, it's incredibly that it rained, instead of snowed.
  4. We should make the sandwiches now for our tomorrow.
  5. If you have time this weekend, would you like to see a movie?
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488 Hiking
Steven gives hiking tips.

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free time

Occasionally, I have some free time, so I go hiking.

Your 'free time' is time that you don't have anything you have to do. You can use this time for things you enjoy doing. Notice the following:

  1. His favorite thing to do in his free time is read.
  2. She works three jobs, so she doesn't have a lot of free time.


There are some beautiful mountains quite nearby to where I live.

'Nearby' is another way of saying 'close.' Notice the following:

  1. Are there any public pools nearby where we could go for a swim?
  2. There are many great restaurants nearby.

a day hike

Is it a day hike? Can I hike it in one day?

A 'day hike' is a walk in nature that is a distance that can be completed in a day. Notice the following:

  1. Cusco is a great place to take day hikes.
  2. Is everything ready for our day hike tomorrow?


I've never done it before, but I hear that it's safe to hitchhike in Japan.

When you 'hitchhike,' you travel by catching a ride with random people on the highway. Usually, you show these people that you are looking for a ride by putting out your thumb. Notice the following:

  1. In the 1960s, hitchhiking was a popular method of travel.
  2. Now, hitchhiking isn't very popular, because it is dangerous.

incredibly unlucky

You'd have to be incredibly unlucky to have any problems hitchhiking.

If you are 'incredibly unlucky,' it means that something happens to you that would happen to almost nobody. The chances of it happening are very, very low.  Notice the following:

  1. I can't believe that happened to you. That's incredibly unlucky.
  2. It is incredibly unlucky that you got a flat tire on this road. It was just resurfaced a week ago.