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  1. it rains tomorrow.
  2. I loved soccer as a kid.
  3. Basketball just was when I was in school.
  4. Working in the cold is thing to do .
  5. I used to a large orchard.
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1079 Bad Jobs

Monica and Todd talk about some of the bad jobs they have had before.

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not for me

Construction was not for me.

When something is not for you, that means you do not like it. We only use this phrase in the negative. For example you can say, "jazz music is not for me", but not the opposite. Here are some more examples using "not for me".

  1. Raw fish is just not for me.
  2. My wife likes the ballet, but it is not for me.

not the funnest thing

Working for your dad is not the funnest thing.

Here the phrase "not the funnest thing" expresses how something is not enjoyable. It is a softer way of saying you do not like doing something. Here are a few more examples:

  1. Studying English is not the funnest thing to do for some students.
  2. Cleaning is not the funnest way to spend a Saturday.

grow up

What is a job you hated growing up?

The verb phrase "to grow up" refers to a time a person has from childhood to adulthood. People become "grown up" when they get about 20 years old. Growing up also often refers to one's teen years. Notice the following:

  1. I liked growing up in the countryside.
  2. It can be awkward growing up in a house full of adults.

work on

I had to work on an orchard.

We work "on" an open place outside. We work "in" or "inside" a building. So you work "on" a farm, but you work "in" a factory. Notice the following:

  1. He works on a farm.
  2. I hope to work on a oil rig.

I bet

Yeah, I bet, I bet.

When you "bet" on something, you expect it to happen. You think it is more likely to happen than not. It is similar to "I think". When people gamble on sports, they bet on who is going to win. Here are a few examples:

  1. I bet you are tired of studying all day.
  2. I bet he comes late to class.
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