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Vocabulary





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add (inf., to add)

The opposite of "to add" is "to subtract."

been (past. part., to be)

big (adj.)

borrow (inf., to borrow)

Many people confuse the verbs "to borrow" and "to lend" (or "to loan"). "Borrow" means to take or receive, "lend," to loan or give. (E.g.: "I hope to borrow money from Mom."; "Will Mom lend it to me?")

buy (inf., to buy)

change (noun)

"Change" can refer to "coins" as in the expression "a pocket full of change." "Change" sometimes refers to "bills" as well (as in, "Do you have change for a twenty?"/ "Can you change a twenty?").

clothes (noun, pl.)

coin machine (noun)

A "coin machine" is sometimes called a "change machine," "coin changer," or "changer."

cup (noun)

detergent (noun)

"Detergent" is also called "laundry soap."

dirty (adj.)

discover, you (to discover)

dry (inf., to dry)

dryer (noun)

forgot, I (to forget, past)

four (adj.)

kind (adj.)

Laundromat (noun)

The word "Laundromat" is considered a proper noun and is capitalized. Another word (not capitalized) is "laundry."

laundry (noun)

manage, I (to manage)

Do not confuse "I manage" a store or business with "I manage to" do something (much like the auxiliary "can") in "I managed to call all 30 people up on the phone."

mention! (imp., to mention)

Synonyms of "to mention" include "to say" and "to tell."

need, you (to need)

neighbors (noun, pl.)

Oh, no! (interj.)

Similar interjections used to express regret, or to acknowledge one's mistakes include "shoot!," "dammit!" and "oops!"

piling up (pres. part., to pile up)

When things "pile up," they "accumulate."

put (inf., to put)

quarters (noun, pl.)

sale (noun)

Saturday (noun as adj.)

slot (noun)

sometime (adv.)

still (adv.)

stop by (to stop by)

Instead of telling someone to "stop by," you can also ask them to "visit" you, to "drop by," to "swing by," or to "stop over."

sure (adv.)

their (poss. pron., 3rd pers. pl.)

turn, you (to turn)

wash, you (to wash)

washing machine (noun)

week (noun)

why? (interr.)

work (inf., to work)

In English, a person can "work" or go to "work." A machine can also "work" in the sense of "working well" or "not working at all." When you need to figure out how to use a machine, you can ask "How does this work?"

Story

You've been in your new apartment for over a week. There is no washing machine, and your dirty clothes are piling up. You discover that your apartment complex has a Laundromat in the next building. It's a Saturday morning - as good a time as any to do your laundry.

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