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  1. They said that I can't use my contact lenses for a few weeks, but I don't have a or anything.
  2. You don't have a wooden leg or a for your right arm either.
  3. , it's really important that you arrive on time.
  4. here! You're already 30 years old.
  5. There are a few things that need to be worked on, but generally, it's a good car.
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779 Vision Concerns

Mike talks about why he has limited eyesight and steps he has taken to fix it.

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Get out of here!

Todd said "Get out of here!" when Mike told him about his operation.

'Get out of here!' Is a phrase that you say when someone tells you something that is unbelievable.

Notice the following:

  1. Get out of here! I can't believe you're moving to Hawaii.
  2. I didn't know he was married. Get out of here!

you don't have a patch or anything

I had no idea, you don't have a patch or anything.

If you 'don't have a patch or anything,' you have no eye patch or anything covering your eye.

Notice the following:

  1. When you have laser eye surgery the procedure is so quick that you don't have a patch or anything.
  2. You don't have a patch or anything, so you can't even tell that you have had anything done.

I don't have a hook on my right arm either

I don't have a hook on my right arm either, but yeah, I'd lost my vision seven years ago but you can't tell.

'I don't have a hook on my right arm either,' in this instance, is making a joke about how a stereotypical pirate wears an eye patch and has a hook for a hand.

Notice the following:

  1. I don't wear an eye patch and I don't have hook on my right hand either.
  2. Even though he is a pirate he doesn't wear an eye patch and he doesn't have a hook on his right hand either.

As I said

As I said, I'm diabetic.

'As I said' refers to something that you have spoken about previously.

Notice the following:

  1. As I said before, I don't eat meat.
  2. As I said, I think I will meet you there.

minor things

There might be minor things I might need to get adjusted.

'Minor things' are things that are not of major significance.

Notice the following:

  1. There are lots of minor things that you can worry about, but I try not to.
  2. I tried to get lots of minor jobs done today. You know, those little ones that you never seem to get round to doing?

 

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