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torture • background • coming from
 investment • chore
  1. I don't think you understand where I'm .
  2. Their music is absolute to listen to.
  3. Who is with you?   I hear voices in the .
  4. For him it's a to walk more than 50 meters.
  5. She has made a real in this company.
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947 Sports on TV
Marion and Todd discuss the various sports they like to watch on TV.

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It's torture

I hate ice-skating. It's torture.

We use the phrase 'it's torture' to talk about an activity we really hate.  Notice the following:

  1. It's torture to listen to a two-hour lecture.
  2. It's always torture to take a very long flight.

in the background

They've got the music on in the background.

Background music plays softly and is not the focus of a situation.  We hear it while watching a movie or in a department store.  Notice the following:

  1. You can hear the TV on in the background.
  2. There was a CD playing in the background.

I see where you're coming from

I see where you're coming from, but I disagree with you.

The phrase 'I see where you're coming from' means that we understand the opinion of the speaker.  Notice the following:

  1. That is a good point. I see where you are coming from.
  2. I see where you are coming from, but I still can't help you.

an investment in someone

I am nervous one of the skaters will fall if I have an investment in them.

We have an investment in someone or something we care very much about.  Notice the following:

  1. All sports fans have an investment in their teams.
  2. Good teachers have an investment in their students.

a chore (to do)

I don't find soccer a chore to watch.

A chore is an activity we don't like or is very difficult to do.  Notice the following:

  1. I find it a chore to sit through an opera.
  2. It is a chore for me to read a book over 300 pages.