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warning • reconsider • trained
companions • finicky
  1. Fish are interesting, but they aren't really .
  2. My son is kind of a eater so I will bring his food.
  3. Everybody keeps me that credit cards are dangerous.
  4. Is there any way you would giving him the job?
  5. I will take care of your dog as soon as she's toilet .
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879 Dogs
Lindsay talks with her friend Jake about the possibility of getting a dog.

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everyone keeps warning me

Everyone keeps warning me about that.

People 'warn' others when they want them to be careful and avoid danger.  Notice the following:

  1. Everyone keeps warning me about smoking.
  2. My teacher keeps warning me about talking in class.

you'd better reconsider

You'd better reconsider getting one.

When we 'reconsider' something, that means we think again about a decision we have made or an opinion we have. Sometimes we decide to do or think about things in a different way.  Notice the following:

  1. If you want quit school, you'd better reconsider.
  2. Laptops are expensive. You might want to reconsider buying one.

toilet trained

Sometimes they're not toilet trained.

Pets of course can't use a toilet so we must teach them to go outside instead. Once they learn, we say they are 'toilet trained.'  Notice the following:

  1. My puppy still isn't toilet trained.
  2. You need to toilet train pets immediately.


They can be wonderful companions.

A 'companion' is a good friend you spend lots of time with.  Notice the following:

  1. My dog is my closest companion.
  2. We've been companions since primary school.


Cats are so finicky.

It's very difficult to make 'finicky' people happy. Finicky cats are not happy unless they get exactly the food they want.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm finicky about clothes.
  2. My cat's a finicky eater.