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  3. She's been a vegetarian for 10 years and the thought of eating meat.
  4. You can , if you don't hear from me, that I will be there at the time we decided.
  5. You grew up on a farm and you don't know your way planting vegetables.
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623 Meet the Family
Lucinda talks about taking her boyfriend back home to meet her family.

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People assume that if you're from a Western Country, you're from the city.

If you 'assume' something, you believe that it is true even though you have no evidence or information that it is. Notice the following:

  1. When I heard all the things you'd done in your life, I just assumed you'd be older.
  2. You need to ask about these things. You can't just assume that you know what you're doing.

know his way around

My parents assumed that because he's from African, he'd know his way around a spade and a shovel.

Here, 'know his way around' means 'know how to use.' Notice the following:

  1. It's amazing how well he knows his way around a computer.
  2. She grew up in the city, so he never expected she would know her way around farm animals.

halfway through

I tried to teach him how to swim, but I gave up halfway through it.

If you have finished half of something, but you still have to finish the other half, you can say that right now you are 'halfway through.' Notice the following:

  1. I'm halfway through this book already, and I only started it yesterday.
  2. He had to go to work before he even got halfway through his breakfast.


My parents loved him so much that I thought they'd want to adopt him.

'Adopting' a child means taking legal responsibility for him. This usually happens when a child has no parents and is taken by a family who wants to be his legal parents. Notice the following:

  1. They adopted a baby from India, because they couldn't have children of their own.
  2. My sister adopted her first dog when she was 10 years old.

squirmed at the thought

When my father asked him to go fishing, he squirmed at the thought at first.

You 'squirm at the thought' of something when the idea makes you so uncomfortable that you want to move around in your seat. Notice the following:

  1. You squirm at the thought of eating some of the things they eat on this program.
  2. Every time I have to go to the doctor, I almost squirm at the thought.