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highlight • control • drive me
knowledge • rugged
  1. It only took a few days for his manager to discover his complete lack of of what he was doing.
  2. Why would anybody want to build a house in such a area?
  3. What was the of your vacation?
  4. She likes to have total over everything in her life.
  5. I can only spend a few hours with her before she starts to nuts.
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675 The Good and Bad of Film
Jeff looks back on the film he made and goes over what he liked about it.

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the highlight

What was the best thing or the highlight of making a movie?

The 'highlight' of something is the most interesting or exciting part of it. Notice the following:

  1. Getting married was the highlight of their year.
  2. The boat trip was definitely the highlight of the vacation?

total control

The best thing is that it was independent, so we had total control.

When you have 'total control' over something, you have power over all that you are doing. Notice the following:

  1. If you want to have total control over your book, you will need to publish it yourself.
  2. He has his own company, so he's in total control of his situation.

drive you nuts

What are some troubles that you had that really drove you nuts?

Something that 'drives you nuts' irritates you, makes you frustrated or makes you angry. Notice the following:

  1. It drives her nuts when people are late.
  2. Skipping CD's drive me nuts.

lack of knowledge

The hardest thing was the lack of knowledge or not knowing what you're doing.

When you have a 'lack of knowledge,' it means that you don't know or have experience with something. Notice the following:

  1. She's nervous to buy a new car alone because of her lack of knowledge in that area.
  2. His lack of knowledge about technology may be funny for other people, but it's very frustrating for him.


It would be interesting to see the rugged nature and animals as you canoe down the river.

Something that is 'rugged' is in its natural condition and is rough and unrefined. Notice the following:

  1. There aren't many nice beaches around here. Most of the shore is rugged and full of rocks.
  2. It's important that you wear good shoes, because the walking trail is very rugged.