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shack • as it sounds • the edge
livable • what on earth
  1. Although the apartment was in a nice part of town, without water and electricity it wasn't .
  2. I said I was sorry.  do you want me to do?
  3. He wanted to live in the city and she wanted to live in the suburbs, so the bought a place on of the city.
  4. He has a little hunting in the woods, but it is very basic.
  5. My job isn't as great . I almost never have free time.
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998 The Shack
Shirley talks about a special place she visited as a child and her memories there.

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You were talking about the shack.

A shack is a small house cheaply made from tin, wood, and other materials, usually with no toilet, electricity or running water. Notice the following:

  1. He grew up poor in a one room shack just outside the city.
  2. The shack was easily destroyed by the winds and heavy rain.

not as horrible as it sound


The shack was not as horrible as it might sound.

We use the phrase ‘not as horrible as it might sound’ to talk about a negative situation that is really not so bad. Notice the following:

  1. Staying at a hostel isn’t as horrible as it might sound.
  2. It rained everyday of our Hawaiian vacation, but it wasn’t as horrible as it might sound.

the edge of the city


I grew up on the edge of the city.

The edge of the city is the area where the city ends and the suburbs or countryside begin. Notice the following.

  1. It’s about 10 kilometers from downtown to the edge of the city.
  2. The trains run from one edge of the city to the other.

something livable


We made it into something livable like a holiday house.

When we make something livable that means clean and comfortable. Notice the following:

  1. She made her small apartment into something livable.
  2. It will take a lot of time and money to make the old house into something livable.

what on earth can we do


We were thinking,what on earth can we do up here?

We use the phrase ‘what on earth can we do’ when we have a problem or situation but can’t think of a solution. Notice the following:

  1. We’ve lost our money and credit cards. What on earth can we do?
  2. The power is out - no TV, no lights, no computer. What on earth can we do?