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volunteer • spark • reluctant
picture • tolerant
  1. Would you like me to take a for you.
  2. It's obvious that you are frustrated, but you need to try to be more of his behavior.
  3. I need a to help with food deliveries this weekend.
  4. He was very to try river rafting, but he had a great time.
  5. They have had an intense between them since the first time they met.
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597 Chance Encounter

Michael talks about how he met his wife.

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I had volunteered to be one of the tour guides for new students.

To 'volunteer' is to do work to help people without getting paid for it.  Notice the following:

  1. The year after she graduated she volunteered in a hospital.
  2. Where did you volunteer last summer?


She smiled at me and I smiled at her, and there was some kind of spark.

In this case, a 'spark' refers to a feeling of attraction between two people.  This happens if you like someone romantically.  Notice the following:

  1. He was very handsome, but I felt no spark with him.
  2. They had a spark from the very beginning.


I kind of reluctantly, sort of said goodbye to her and the rest of the group.

If you are 'reluctant' to do something, you don't want to do it or resist doing it.  Notice the following:

  1. I felt very reluctant to go to the party.
  2. He was very reluctant to talk to her again after they broke up.

take a picture

We went back to the campus where we met and we took a picture of ourselves.

To 'take a picture' is to use a camera to take a photograph.  Notice the following:

  1. The photographer was taking pictures during the whole wedding.
  2. They took a picture of the sunset every night on their vacation.


We're both very tolerant of people who are different.

To be 'tolerant' of something is to accept it without making judgments.  Notice the following:

  1. He is a very tolerant father, but lying makes him really angry.
  2. She was not very tolerant of his smoking habit.


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