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impression • bank on • run its course
grasp • keep in mind
  1. You should the weather might be bad.
  2. I usually getting a nice gift for my birthday.
  3. Science is really hard to .
  4. He gave me a bad .
  5. It started to rain during the race, but we let it .
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Mixer 121 Favorite Proverb
A proverb is a simple saying that explains a general rule or feeling. Six people share their favorites.
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first impressions

Better than judging on first impressions.

A first impression is your first thoughts or feelings about someone when you meet them. Notice the following:

  1. My first impression of him was that he was bossy.
  2. I usually give a poor first impression.

bank on

Don't always bank on guessing the result.

When you bank on something, that means you are expecting it to happen. Notice the following:

  1. You can bank on the stores being crowded before Christmas
  2. I was banking on a good grade for this class, but I didn't get one.

run their course

Allow certain things to run their course.

When you let something run its course, you let it continue even if there appears to be problems. Notice the following:

  1. The demonstration started badly, but rather than stop it we let it run its course.
  2. When two people have a conflict, sometimes it is just best to let it run its course.

grasp

It's very difficult to really grasp it.

To grasp something is to understand it. Notice the following:

  1. Math is a hard thing to grasp for some people.
  2. To write well, you need to grasp the basics of sentence structure.

keep in mind

I try to always keep that in mind.

When you keep something in mind, you are aware of it. Notice the following:

  1. The traffic is bad on Route 10 so keep that in mind if you go that way.
  2. Please keep in mind that class starts one hour earlier next week.

 

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