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  1. Most children are their parents.
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  3. Let me the shower before we leave.
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Mixer 124 Public Transport
Listen to six people talk about if they use public transportation and why or why not.
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nowadays

Nowadays, I like to ride my car.

Nowadays just means now, or in these present times. Notice the following:

  1. Nowadays, many people have tattoos.
  2. Answering machines are not that common nowadays.

option

I can't drive, so it's my only option really.

An option is a choice. Notice the following:

  1. If you go to New York, there are many options of things you can do.
  2. On a plane, you usually get two meal options: either chicken or beef.

few and far between

American public transportation is few and far between.

When something is few and far between, that means it is rare and hard to find. Notice the following:

  1. Family owned restaurants are few and far between these days.
  2. Cities with good jobs and cheap, safe housing are few and far between.

jump into

I normally just jump into the car and just drive wherever I need to go.

We sometimes use the phrase jump into to mean get into. Notice the following:

  1. Before we go, just let me jump into the shower.
  2. Let's jump into a taxi and go downtown.

dependent

I am not dependent on a bus schedule.

When you are dependent on something, you need it for help or support. Notice the following:

  1. I am totally dependent on my cell phone.
  2. All children are dependent on their parents for love, care, and well-being.

 

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