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disassemble • shortcomings • patch
tires • flats
  1. How could you possibly get three in one day? Were you biking over glass?
  2. The mechanic put a on my tire, but I will still have to get a new one very soon.
  3. It's very dangerous for me to drive in icy weather because my slip around a lot.
  4. You will probably need to this bookshelf before you move it.
  5. One of his biggest is his inability to finish things he starts.
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583 Bike Care

Terry talks about taking care of his bike. (Part 2)

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It requires a little disassembling of the bicycle but it's not difficult.

If you 'disassemble,' something you take it apart or separate it into pieces.  Notice the following:

  1. We need to disassemble the table to move it into the room.
  2. Have you ever disassembled a cassette tape?


I would say that that is one of my shortcomings.

A 'shortcoming' is an imperfection or weak point.  In the case of the example, a weak point in personality.  Notice the following:

  1. His biggest shortcoming is that he doesn't believe in himself.
  2. I have many shortcomings, but my intelligence isn't one of them.


A repair kit for patching a tube.

To 'patch' something is to fix a hole using extra material.  In the example, you fix a tire by gluing another piece of rubber over the hole.  Notice the following:

  1. I need to put a patch on my jeans.
  2. Did you patch the hole in beach ball?


You need tools to take your wheel, your tire off, and things like that.

A 'tire' is the rubber part of the wheel that holds the air.  Notice the following:

  1. The mechanic said that the car needs new tires.
  2. When she left her house in the morning, her front tire had no air.


I'm not keen on patching flats.

A 'flat' is a deflated tire or a tire without air.  You get a flat if you ride over a something sharp, like a piece of glass.  Notice the following:

  1. My car has had three flats this year.
  2. Where were you when you got a flat?


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