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prestigious • death • desperate
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  1. He works at a law firm.
  2. It is to study when you are really, really tired.
  3. Lonely people are often to find love.
  4. Most romantic comedies bore me to .
  5. He is very , because he only thinks of himself.
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1173 Future Plans for Maria

Maria talks with Alex about what she would like to accomplish in the future.

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I just want to have a prestigious job, because I'm that kind of person.

When something is 'prestigious,' it is respected and usually of high quality. Notice the following:

  1. Oxford is a very prestigious university.
  2. They are very rich, so they live in a prestigious neighborhood.

bores me to death


I am very afraid of ending up with a job that just bores me to death or something.

When something 'bores you to death,' you find it very boring. Notice the following:

  1. I like to play soccer, but watching it on TV just bores me to death.
  2. The teacher is really old-fashioned and his lessons bore his class to death.



They are like those desperate women you see on TV.

A 'desperate' person has a need or desire that urgently must be fulfilled. Notice the following:

  1. He lived alone and was desperate to find a wife.
  2. She is desperately looking for a new job.



I might be a little self-centered, because I have to be satisfied.

When someone is 'self-centered,' they only think of themselves. Notice the following:

  1. She is too self-centered to be a good parent.
  2. Most people are self-centered when it comes to their money.



Having to do a bad job every day seems pointless to me.

When something is 'pointless,' it is not effective or worth one's time. Notice the following:

  1. It is pointless to have a passport if you never leave the country.
  2. It is pointless to eat healthily if you smoke a lot of cigarettes.