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be done • left alone • very hard
man • hostage
  1. She just wants to be to think about things.
  2. With no transportation she felt like she was held at the cabin.
  3. , I am really tired.
  4. It was for him to end the relationship.
  5. What can to stop the violence?
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826 Stray Cats Part 2
Fred, Katia and Todd talk about the many stray cats in there neighborhood.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

what can be done?

I would ask what can be done?

When we want to know possible solutions to a problem we ask 'What can be done?'  Notice the following:

  1. What can be done about the problem?
  2. Let's find out what can be done.

they should be left alone

You're saying they should be left alone?

To say someone or something 'should be left alone' means no contact or communication at any time.  Notice the following:

  1. Some believe stray pets should not be left alone.
  2. Kids should be left alone to find their own answers.

very hard

It's very hard to stop feeding them.

The term 'very hard' is similar in meaning to 'very difficult'.  Notice the following:

  1. Learning languages is very hard for some people.
  2. It's very hard to stop a bad habit.


Man, it ate that sandwich fast.

In this case, the word man is used in much the same way as 'Wow!'Americans use it a lot.  Notice the following:

  1. Man, this watch is expensive.
  2. Man, I can't believe it!

have us hostage

The cats have us hostage.

When someone or something has us hostage, we are controlled and can't do what we want.  Notice the following:

  1. It seems the nightly TV series have us hostage.
  2. The terrible weather had us hostage for days.