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pump it up • stick to • worth
scenic • cope
  1. I can't with being places without something to read.
  2. All of these classes keep me really busy, and I sometimes wonder if it's it.
  3. You will need to this diet for a few weeks before you start seeing results.
  4. At the end of the semester, you really need to with your studying.
  5. I prefer to take the route there this time of year.
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776 Running

Shona and Todd talk about their shared passion for running and why they love it.

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pump it up

I'm not as fit as I used to be, so I'm probably gonna pump it up a little bit and do a little bit more.

In this case, 'pump it up' refers increasing the intensity of something or putting in more effort.

Notice the following:

  1. The trainer said that she wanted to pump it up and got us working a lot harder than last week.
  2. I really need to try harder with my training and start to pump it up when I go out running.

stick to

It was more of a varied workout, but when you just stick to one exercise alone, it tends to kind of make your fitness drop a little bit.

When you 'stick to' something, it means that you keep on persisting with it.

Notice the following:

  1. I need to stick to my running, as I can feel it improving my fitness.
  2. My dad says that he would like me to stick to learning the piano.

it's worth it

You have to pay a little money, but it's worth it.

When something is 'worth it,' it means that the effort that you put in will pay off in the long run. You will benefit from the effort you put in now.

Notice the following:

  1. Try not to get bored with revising, as it's worth it in the end.
  2. She said it's worth it in the end and that you just have to keep trying.

a scenic route

It depends if it's a scenic route.

A 'scenic route' is an alternate way of getting to a place that may be longer, but has beautiful things to look at along the way.

Notice the following:

1. I think we will take the scenic route as we have a lot of time today.
2. I always like to take the scenic route when I go away on holiday.

I can cope without music

I can cope without music, I enjoy listening to the birds.

'I can cope without music' means that you do not feel the need to listen to music.

Notice the following:

  1. When I am driving in the car, I can cope without music.
  2. When I am running, I can't cope without music, as I have to listen to something when I run.

 

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