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it's not like • end of the day • got used to
apart from • stick to
  1. Halfway through the semester she finally living on very little sleep.
  2. At the I'm happy that I decided to move here.
  3. I have all the time in the world to clean up after you.
  4. You need to make a decision and it.
  5. I don't eat a lot of meat chicken.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

973 Staying Connected
Tom and Jess talk about e-mail, social networking sites and time on the computer.

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

It's not like


It's not like I have millions of e-mails.

The phrase 'It's not like' means the opposite of what follows. Notice the samples:

  1. It's not like Bill Gates is poor
  2. English is difficult, but it's not like I can't learn.

at the end of the day


I like to tell everyone about it at the end of the day.

The phrase 'at the end of the day' simply means 'in the end'. Here are two samples:

  1. My boyfriend and I always argued. At the end of the day, it wasn't worth staying together.
  2. Studying English is sometimes boring, but at the end of the day, I know I've done something good for my future.

get used to

I've gotten used to it now.

We use the phrase 'get used to it' when we accept or become comfortable with something or someone we didn't like at first. Notice the following:

  1. I didn't like waking up for my 8:00AM class, but I've gotten used to it.
  2. My neighbors kept complaining about my noisy dog, but I think they've gotten used to it.

apart from that


The morning was busy, but apart from that it was a slow day.

The phrase 'apart from that' follows things that are different from what we usually do. Here are some samples:

  1. I walk 2 kilometers to school everyday, but apart from that, I don't get much exercise.
  2. My dad sometimes watches CNN after work, but apart from that, he almost never watches TV.

stick to


I stick to e-mail.

When we stick to or with something that means we use or do it one way and don't change to another. Notice the sample sentences:

  1. There are many good laptops on the market, but he wants to stick with Apple.
  2. I should study writing more, but for now, I'll just stick to speaking.