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split • strict • common
in awhile • starving
  1. My work has a policy about taking sick leave.
  2. The area is always noisy.
  3. I am . Let's get a pizza.
  4. I my rent with my roommate.
  5. I play golf once .
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Scenes #2 Chores
Rebecca and Diego discuss what chores need to be done around the house.

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split

Are we going to split the chores?

When you split something, you share it or divide it. Notice the following:

  1. Let's split the dinner bill. We'll both pay half.
  2. We split the chores. I do the dishes and he does the bathrooms.

strict policy

We don't have a very strict policy about dividing chores.

A strict policy is rules, usually written down, that everyone must follow. Notice the following:

  1. We have a very strict policy agaist smoking at work.
  2. Our school has a strict policy against wearing jewelry.

common area

But the common area, we'll just split it.

A 'common area' is a space shared by people in an apartment or dormitory. Notice the following:

  1. The TV is in the common area.
  2. It is hard to study in the common area because everyone ends up talking.

once in a while

Just dust it once in awhile.

The phrase 'once in a while' means not that often, or less than sometimes. Notice the following:

  1. I play soccer once in awhile, about once every two months.
  2. I have parties once in awhile, but not that often.

starving

Yeah, I'm starving.

This means you are very hungry. Notice the following:

  1. I'm starving. Let's eat.
  2. You skipped breakfast. You must be starving.
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