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Vocabulary Quiz
gather • piece • faddish
strenuous • get over with
  1. I want this day to as soon as possible.
  2. The he played was very relaxing.
  3. Those shoes were very in the 1980's.
  4. The students plan to in the library.
  5. When you are sick, you should avoid exercise.

Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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Mixer #103 To Belong
Various people talk about groups, clubs, and things they belong to and why they are a part of it.
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gather together

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Students gather together and sing songs.

The phrase gather together means to form a group for a specific purpose or activity. Here are two sample sentences

  1. People gathered together to help rebuild the village.
  2. Our teacher suggested we gather together and form an English club.

piano piece

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Students prepare their own piano piece.

A piano piece is a song most often without lyrics (words) that we call an instrumental. It is played on a piano. It is usually used to describe more serious forms of music such as classical or jazz. Notice the following.

  1. The long piano piece was the highlight of the concert.
  2. Beethoven published his first piano piece in 1783.

faddish

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I'm quite faddish about things.

Someone who likes, dislikes or changes their feeling about something without good reason is said to be faddish. Here are some samples.

  1. Students are quite faddish about fashion.
  2. I’m faddish about diets. I always try the latest one.

strenuous

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I don't like doing strenuous exercise.

Strenuous talks about something that is very difficult or requires a lot of energy. Sometimes we use it to talk about mental things, but usually, as with exercise, it describes physical activity. Here are two more examples.

  1. The journey was long and strenuous, particularly for the elderly.
  2. Being a fisherman requires a lot of strenuous work.

get something over with

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I just wanted to get my studies over with quickly.

The phrase get something over with means to finish a task or end a situation we really don’t like. Notice the sample sentences.

  1. Let’s get this meeting over with and get back to work.
  2. My relationship was terrible. I’m actually glad it’s over with.
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