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short-term • contributes • what's
whip • owl
  1. She's so busy that it seems like she never knows going on with her friends anymore.
  2. Working at night has really turned me into a night .
  3. The race is next month. You've really go to yourself into shape.
  4. I'm only looking for a job for the summer.
  5. He's almost never home, but he definitely to the mess around here.
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564 The Roommate

Jeff talks about having a roommate.

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short-term

He's staying with me short-term.

A situation is 'short-term' if it will only be that way for a short period of time, a few weeks or months.  Notice the following:

  1. It's good this job is short term, because it's really hard.
  2. I will by staying with my parents short-term, just until I find my own apartment.

contribute

He doesn't contribute any money to the rent.

If you 'contribute' money, you give it to a certain cause.  In this case, he doesn't give any money, but he is living in the house.  We can use contribute for money, actions or time.  Notice the following:

  1. He never contributes to the electric bill, but he watches television all day.
  2. You need to contribute to keeping the house clean.

know what's going on

He knows the deal. He knows what's going on.

If he 'knows what's going on,' then he knows what other people are doing, like a gossip.  Notice the following:

  1. Call Sarah.  She usually knows what's going on.
  2. I don't know what's going on.  Who is he dating now?

whip into shape

I'm just going to try to whip him into shape.

If you 'whip someone into shape,' you force them to change their habits to something more appropriate.  Notice the following:

  1. They really whipped him into shape at military school.
  2. My new roommate is really messy around the house.  I need to whip her into shape.

night owl

He's like a night owl, he stays up most of the night drinking, and then he sleeps most of the day recovering.

A person who prefers to stay up late at night is a 'night owl.'  Notice the following:

  1. He is a night owl and I'm an early bird.  We are complete opposites.
  2. If you weren't such a night owl it would be easier to wake up early for school.

 

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