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nights • interactive TV • hook up
moving • grey
  1. The whole process took a long time to get started, but now things are really fast.
  2. Sitting around is something I want to do when I'm old and , not right now when I'm young and healthy.
  3. is a good way to keep people involved and entertained.
  4. You should your iPod to the speakers so we can listen to your music.
  5. It rained really hard here a few ago.
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764 Birthday Party

Kara just had a birthday party. She talks about the party and the gifts she received.

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a few nights ago

I was listening to an interviewer a few nights ago with Bill Gates.

A 'few nights ago' means a couple of nights in the past.

Notice the following:

  1. I bumped into him a few nights ago, and he was looking very well.
  2. A few nights ago I felt very ill, but I feel okay now.

interactive TV

What was he saying about interactive TV?

'Interactive TV' is television that people can react to and interact with. It is a new technology.

Notice the following:

  1. I think interactive TV is a great invention it will make TV a lot more interesting.
  2. My friend was involved in the design of interactive TV.

hook up your PC

I'd like it so you can hook up your PC to your TV as well.

To 'hook up your PC' means that you connect it to something such as a power source or another electrical appliance. 

Notice the following:

  1. Make sure that you hook up your PC properly.
  2. Can you please help me to hook up my PC, as I have no idea what I am doing?

when we're old and grey

When we're old and grey we'll be able to tell our children "In our day, we actually had to get up and turn the knob."

'When we're old and grey' is used to introduce a prediction that you will make about the future. When you are old and grey, you are old.

Notice the following:

  1. Do you think we will still be friends when we're old and grey?
  2. When we're old and grey, there will be all sorts of new technologies.

things are moving fast

It's not long ago. Only what - 10 years, 15 years ago but things are moving fast.

When things are moving fast it means that they are progressing at a quick pace.

Notice the following:

  1. He has asked me to marry him already; things are moving fast.
  2. Things are moving fast in computers.

 

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