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Situation 32 Dropped Class
Erina is having some trouble on campus. Mike offers to help her solve her problem.

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drop the class

Why do you want to drop the class?

When you drop a class, you stop taking a class. You remove the class from your school schedule. You can drop a class, or drop out of school. In both cases it means you stop studying. Here are a few more uses:

  1. I had to drop my math class. It was too hard.
  2. The teachers asked me not to drop the class, so I stayed.

you know what I mean

It is not interesting at all, you know what I mean?

The phrase 'you know what I mean' is a very common phrase in English. People use 'you know what I mean' to see if the listener shares the same feeling about the topic. Notice the following:

  1. Rainy days are so boring. You know what I mean?
  2. I totally know what you mean. I hate them too.

heading

You'll see an academic heading.

A heading is like a title for a paragraph.When you read an article, or website, or newspaper, you see headings at the top of paragraph to explain the content. On a website, a heading is used to help people navigate the site. Check these examples:

  1. The heading caught my attention, but the article was boring.
  2. A good reader always reads the heading before the article.

You better hurry

It's till tomorrow at 6 p.m., so you better hurry.

The phrase, or warning, 'you better hurry' lets the listener know they are short of time. 'You better hurry' is softer and more of a suggestion. 'Hurry!' is more direct and more of a command. Notice the following:

  1. If you want to eat, you better hurry. The cafeteria closes soon.
  2. You better hurry. The bus last leaves at midnight and it is 11:45 now.

A spare period

I have a spare period, so I can help you.

Spare means something extra or free and not in use, so if you have if you have a spare period, that means you have a period at school with nothing to do or no class to attend. Here are a few examples:

  1. I have a spare room is you need a place to stay.
  2. All cars have a spare tire in case one gets a flat.