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  1. It just to pay that much for Vietnamese food when I think about how cheap it was in Vietnam.
  2. She had to buy a new car, but then she got a raise.  It all .
  3. He soccer when he got the call.
  4. She is so tall that she in a crowd.
  5. He had to his long hair after he finished university.
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979 Pricey Places
Tom and Jess talk about expensive cities they have resided before.

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I was reading the newspaper


I was reading the newspaper this morning and I noticed an interesting story.

Here is a good example of the past continuous tense where a continuing action in the past (reading the newspaper) is interrupted by a second action (I noticed a story). Notice the following:

  1. I was driving to work when I noticed the engine sounded strange.
  2. He was downloading free MP3's when he noticed a virus warning.

kill me


It used to kill me how much I had to pay.

We use the phrase 'kill me' to talk about something that causes us to feel very bad. Here are two samples:

  1. It kills her to see young kids begging for food on the street.
  2. It used to kill me how much I paid for DVD's. Now I download everything.

chop off my scruffy locks


I got someone to chop off my scruffy locks.

When we chop off  our scruffy locks, we cut our long untidy hair. Notice the samples:

  1. He was happy to get a job, but it killed him to chop off his scruffy locks.
  2. After my brother chopped off his scruffy locks, even our mom didn't recognize him.

stands out


The thing that stands out about her are the green eyes.

Something or someone that stands out is different from the others. Here are some samples:

  1. The thing that stands out about Jack is his long scruffy red hair.
  2. For me, the thing that stands out about Tokyo is the neon.

balance out


I guess it balanced itself out.

When a past experience had both good and bad things we say it balanced itself out. Notice the sample sentences:

  1. The check at the restaurant just killed me, but the food was really delicious so it balanced itself out.
  2. What a day! We took the wrong train and got lost, but discovered some really cool places. I guess it balanced itself out.