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Vocabulary Quiz
spot • shoot down • ended up
 a bunch • on his behalf • tactics
  1. We all covered in paint by the end of the day.
  2. My friend is sick today and I am here .
  3. This is my favorite in the whole city.
  4. You have to try to the bottle to win the game.
  5. We bought of new clothes at the thrift store.
  6. It is one of his to get you to like him.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

952 New Old Thing
Mel talks about something she recently bought at a flea market.

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

a spot

notesAt a different spot on the same site.

'A spot' means a place. Notice the samples.

  1. Let's find a different spot to chat. It's noisy here.
  2. We always sit in the same spot in the cafeteria.

shoot down

notesShoot down things with a play gun.

We shoot things with a gun. Here, Melissa is shooting a video gun. Notice the two samples.

  1. I'm trying to shoot down the alien!
  2. You get 100 points for each invader you shoot down.

end up

I ended up only getting a jacket and a hat.

'End up' talks about how a situation finishes. Here are some samples.

  1. He spent the weekend in Monte Carlo and ended up broke.
  2. There was nothing interesting at the cinema so we ended up staying home.

a bunch

I ended up walking away with a bunch of stuff.

'A bunch' means a lot or many. Notice the following.

  1. I have a bunch of stuff to do this weekend.
  2. There's a bunch of cool stuff to do at the mall.

on behalf

notesThat was good on their behalf.

When we do something on someone's behalf, it means we do it for them. Here are two sample sentences.

  1. My boss is out of town. I'll attend the meeting on her behalf.
  2. He accepted the award on behalf of the team.


notesI thought that was a good sales tactic.

A 'tactic' is a plan that helps you get what you want. Notice the samples.

  1. Their strong defensive tactics helped them win the game.
  2. 'Buy two get one free' is always a great sales tactic.