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out of hand • regardless • fine print
 rocket scientist • bear the burden
  1. It doesn't take a to understand how this program works.
  2. He shouldn't have to of his parents' problems.
  3. The party got a little last night.
  4. Make sure to read the before you sign anything.
  5. of your grades in your last semester you are accepted to our university.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

962 Financial Crisis
Diego and Hana debate the current financial crisis.

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get out of hand


It got out of hand.

When something ‘gets out of hand’ it becomes a problem. Here are two samples.

  1. As police walked towards the protesters, things got out of hand.
  2. The two boy's stated arguing and things soon got out of hand.



Regardless of all that, they still gave out the loans.

‘Regardless of all that’ means the point we are making is not affected by other things. Here are two samples.

  1. Regardless of all that, I think things will improve,
  2. He had no University degree or experience, but regardless of all that, he got the job.

read the fine print


Always read the fine print.

‘Fine print’ talks about the details of something. Notice the following.

  1. The fine print required product registration to activate the warranty.
  2. I’ll have my lawyer look over the fine print.

rocket scientist


It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the problem.

The phrase ‘it doesn’t take a rocket scientist’ means that something is easy to understand. Notice the samples.

  1. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that saving money is a good thing.
  2. If you take out a loan, you need a steady income. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.

bear the burden


The borrower has to bear some of the burden.

To ‘bear some of the burden’ means to take some of the responsibility for something. Notice the samples.

  1. After dad lost his job, our whole family had to bear some of the burden of working.
  2. Students must bear some of the burden of responsibility for their own learning.