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  1. My friends and I are to do a running race this summer.
  2. They started a farming community in the 1970s.
  3. The bus ride is about 8 hours, give or .
  4. We are trying to put a goodbye party for them before they move next month.
  5. There is a I want to work for that teaches children how to read.
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582 Biking Across the U.S.

Terry talks about his bike trips across America. (Part 1)

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give or take

It's about 1800 miles, give or take.

If you are giving a number that is not exact you can use 'give or take,' which is similar to 'more or less.'  In the example, maybe it is 1789 miles or maybe 1807, we don't know the exact number or it is not really important.  Notice the following:

  1. She is 70 years old today, give or take a few years.
  2. You will work 160 hours per month, give or take.


Do you train before you do this?

We use the word 'train' for practice and preparation for a physical event.  Notice the following:

  1. They are training to run a marathon.
  2. How long have you been training for your race?

put together

I took the bus from Salt Lake City up to Vancouver and got to the bus station in Vancouver and put my bicycle together.

If you 'put something together' you assemble it.  You take all the parts and connect them.  Notice the following:

  1. His new desk was very difficult to put together.
  2. She had no problem putting together the new table.

non-profit organization

My first long trip was with a non-profit organization out of the United States - Adventure Cycling.

A 'non-profit organization' is a group that is not concerned with increasing profits of the company.  They want to make enough to pay their employees and that is all.   Notice the following:

  1. He works for a non-profit organization that helps children with school work.
  2. The main sponsor of this event is a non-profit organization.

self-contained camping trip

That was a three month self-contained camping trip with a group of about 13 people.

Something 'self-contained' is completely independent and separate from everything else, self sufficient.  Notice the following:

  1. It was a self-contained model airplane kit.
  2. She was a very self-contained person.


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