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get himself • means • makes sense
accomplished • bitter sweet
  1. She her goal of running the marathon last year.
  2. It was a good-bye because we both knew it was the right decision to break up.
  3. I don't understand what that .
  4. He can't to start an essay until the day before it is due.
  5. Do you think that solution ?
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884 Gamers
Jake talks about hard core gamers and his motivation when playing video games.

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I can't get myself to

I can't get myself to keep playing.

We use the phrase 'I can't get myself' when we should do something but we don't want to do it.  Notice the following:

  1. I can't get myself to wake up early.
  2. I can't get myself to study on weekends.

What do you mean?

Sorry, what do you mean?

We often ask 'What do you mean?' when we don't understand the meaning of a question.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm not clear, what do you mean?
  2. What do you mean by that?

make sense

Does that make sense?

Something that 'makes sense' is clear, easy to understand and there is usually a good reason for it.  Notice the following:

  1. The plan makes good business sense.
  2. Her story made sense

you've accomplished something

You feel like you've accomplished something.

When we are successful at something after a lot of hard work, that means we have 'accomplished' something.  Notice the following:

  1. The best thing about graduating is knowing that you've accomplished something.
  2. Congratulations on your success, you've really accomplished something.

It's bitter sweet

When it's finished, it's bitter sweet.

A bitter sweet finish is when we feel happy and sad at the same time.  Notice the following:

  1. Venus Williams beat Serena but it was a bitter sweet victory.
  2. The movie had a bitter sweet ending.