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last few years • background • luck
 vice-versa • signed up
  1. She doesn't like me and .
  2. I don't know why I for all those online newsletters.
  3. She has traveled a lot in the .
  4. Did you have any finding your purse?
  5. Although his is in science he has a job working with computers.
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912 Speed Dating
Jonathan explains to Jeff the idea of speed dating and how it works.

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in the last number of years

It started up in the last number of years.

Usually we say 'in the last [few] years'.  That talks about something that started maybe two or three years ago.  Note the following:

  1. There's been an increase in crime in the last few years.
  2. I have not had time to travel in the last few of years.


We want to know what their background is.

When we ask about someone's background that means we want to know about their history. Note the following:

  1. She has a background in construction.
  2. He was not hired because of his background.


And any luck?

When good things happen by chance we call that luck.  Note the following:

  1. To succeed you need hardwork, intelligence and luck.
  2. I have not had any luck finding a roommate.


My lifestyle isn't suitable for most people I meet and vice-versa.

The phrase 'vice-versa' simply means that the opposite is true.  Note the following:

  1. Cats do not like dogs and vice-versa.
  2. People have money, but no free time and vice-versa.

sign up

I'll sign you up.

When we sign up for something that means we agree to join or participate.  Note the following:

  1. I just signed up for a free credit card.
  2. You need to sign up for your classes before the deadline.