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was playing • kills me • chop off
stands out • balanced out
  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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
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