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Thursday, November 5, 2015


Example 1:
James:  I’m going to buy a laptop for $800.00
Leo: What?! That’s expensive! Have you shopped around for cheaper ones?
James: Not, really…
Leo: You should! I’m sure you can find one for way less than $800.00
James: Good idea!

Example 2:
Gina: Did you buy dad’s Fathers’ Day gift?
David: I’m shopping around to find the best price on the golf clubs he wants.
Gina: Ok, let me know when you find a good deal.

Shop around: To look at different stores to find what you want at the best price.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

to just scrape by

Context #1:

Tom: Did you pass your physics class this semester?
Brian: Yeah, but I barely scraped by. I almost failed!

Context #2:

Jennifer: This Russian class I'm taking is so hard.
Whitney: Are you failing it?
Jennifer: I'm not failing, but I am just scraping by. It's super difficult.

Meaning: to just scrape by is used when you are barely passing a class. You are right on the border of passing or failing.
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