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Situation 33 The Invite
Mike talks with Erina and invites her to come and hang out with his friends at the park.

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a bunch of friends

Because a bunch of friends and I are going.

A bunch is just a group, so if you have a bunch of friends, that means you have a group of friends. Notice that if the pronoun 'I' is included, it goes after the phrase 'a bunch of' not before it. Here are some more uses:

  1. A bunch of friends and I are going to the movies. Do you want to come?
  2. There are a bunch of boxes by the door. Can you bring them here?

We'd be happy to have you.

If you want to come, we'd be happy to have you.

The phrase 'we'd be happy to have you' means the speaker would like to invite the listener or let the listener know they are invited to some event. Here are few examples using "We'd be happy to have you':

  1. If you are free tonight, we'd be happy to have you over for dinner.
  2. We are playing bridge tonight. We'd be happy to have you join us.

at the edge of

There is a park at the edge of town.

The phrase 'at the edge of' means the outside area of something. If a place is at the edge of town, that means it is in town, but far from the center, almost out of town. Notice the following:

  1. I used to live downtown, but now I live in a house at the edge of town.
  2. There is a cool cafe just at the edge of campus.

runs

It has lots of different runs.

Here, a run is a skiing slope or skiing route. A run is basically a course or trail people can follow. Notice the following:

  1. That ski run is only for advanced skiers.
  2. That is my favorite run on the course.

Hold on

I have a pen. Hold on.

The phrase 'hold on' just means please wait. It is short for 'hold on a second' or 'hold on a minute'. The speaker uses it because they need time to do something. Notice the following:

A: Let's get going. We need to leave now.
B: OK, but hold on. I need to get my jacket.