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the person someone lives with and who are not in romantic relationships in each other people who live together, sharing a home, but are not related to each other and are not involved in a romantic relationship

Carole: It is beyond me how you and Oscar can be ....... You’re very tidy
and he’s, well, a slob.
Felix: It’s not always easy, but we’re making it work.

* Are you still in touch with your college roommate?

2

acceptable; ok; good, but not excellent; acceptable, but not excellent; something that is not bad, but is not
very good either; acceptable and satisfactory, but meeting only the minimal requirements and not very impressive

Felix: His room is really cluttered, but he keeps the common areas in .....
condition. I do have to straighten up fairly often, and I sometimes have to pick up
after him, but that’s because I’m pretty nitpicky.

* The students’ performance was passable, but it’s clear that they could do better if they studied more
* The first draft of my essay was passable, but it needs a lot of editing.

3

someone who is messy or lazy; to be messy, perhaps even dirty, someone who is very disorganized; person who is very messy and disorganized, and does not take the time to clean or put things back where they belong

An informal word, which means someone who is not very neat, someone who makes a mess,
someone who, for example, leaves their clothes on the floor and doesn't wash
their dishes when they are done eating - that would be a slob. We might also call
that person a pig, “pig,” like the animal, but that's a little stronger.

Carole: It is beyond me how you and Oscar can be roommates. You’re very tidy
and he’s, well, a ....
Felix: It’s not always easy, but we’re making it work.


* Hank is such a slob that you can’t even see the top of his desk or the floor,
because everything is covered with papers and used coffee cups.
* I don’t like it when my parents visit me at my apartment because they think I live like a slob.

4

убираться, мыть посуду

to clean up

5

сорвать большой куш

to clean up

6

very picky and demanding, wanting to have things in a very specific
way; difficult to please

Felix: His room is really cluttered, but he keeps the common areas in passable
condition. I do have to straighten up fairly often, and I sometimes have to pick up
after him, but that’s because I’m pretty ......

* Adele’s piano teacher is nitpicky. Whenever she makes a mistake, he makes
her start over from the very beginning of the song.

7

accepting of unpleasant situations and/or things that other people do and say when one does not like them

Felix: His room is really cluttered, but he keeps the common areas in passable
condition. I do have to straighten up fairly often, and I sometimes have to pick up
after him, but that’s because I’m pretty nitpicky.
Carole: That’s very .... of you.


Even if you don’t agree with their beliefs, you need to learn to be more tolerant
so that they feel welcome.

8

something that offers help or protection in a difficult situation

Felix: His room is really cluttered, but he keeps the common areas in passable
condition. I do have to straighten up fairly often, and I sometimes have to pick up
after him, but that’s because I’m pretty nitpicky.
Carole: That’s very tolerant of you.
Felix: Well, we have set up a system so that if things get too messy, I have some
......

If the tenants’ check bounces, we can charge a $25 fee as recourse.

9

to have something function well; to manage to make
something succeed, especially if it is difficult

Carole: It is beyond me how you and Oscar can be roommates. You’re very tidy
and he’s, well, a slob.
Felix: It’s not always easy, but we’re......





It’s challenging to have my in-laws stay with us each summer, but somehow we
make it work.

10

disorganized, unordered, and dirty, with many objects out of place



Carole: It is beyond me how you and Oscar can be roommates. You’re very tidy
and he’s, well, a slob.
Felix: It’s not always easy, but we’re making it work.
Carole: Isn’t Oscar really ..... all the time? Whenever I see him, his clothes are
rumpled and his hair is unkempt.






* Darci won’t let her children go outside to play until they’ve cleaned up their
messy rooms.

11

wrinkled; crumpled; not smooth or polished

Carole: It is beyond me how you and Oscar can be roommates. You’re very tidy
and he’s, well, a slob.
Felix: It’s not always easy, but we’re making it work.
Carole: Isn’t Oscar really messy all the time? Whenever I see him, his clothes are
...... and his hair is unkempt.


* Make sure you take the clothes out of the dryer and hang them up right away,
or they’ll be rumpled

12

with an uncared-for appearance; looking as if one’s appearance is
unimportant; not polished or sophisticated in appearance

Carole: It is beyond me how you and Oscar can be roommates. You’re very tidy
and he’s, well, a slob.
Felix: It’s not always easy, but we’re making it work.
Carole: Isn’t Oscar really messy all the time? Whenever I see him, his clothes are
rumpled and his hair is ........

Why would anyone show up for a job interview looking so unkempt?

13

with many unnecessary objects in a small space so that it appears
disorganized and uncomfortable

Felix: His room is really ......, but he keeps the common areas in passable
condition. I do have to straighten up fairly often, and I sometimes have to pick up
after him, but that’s because I’m pretty nitpicky.
Carole: That’s very tolerant of you.



* The kids’ small bedroom was very cluttered until they got some bins and
baskets to organize the toys and clothing.

14

an area in a home or another building that is shared by many
people, such as a living room or family room, not a bedroom or bathroom


Carole: Isn’t Oscar really messy all the time? Whenever I see him, his clothes are
rumpled and his hair is unkempt.
Felix: His room is really cluttered, but he keeps the .... in passable
condition. I do have to straighten up fairly often, and I sometimes have to pick up
after him, but that’s because I’m pretty nitpicky.

* They want to buy a home with small bedrooms and large common areas,
because they think that will encourage their teenagers to spend more time with
the family.

15

to tidy up; to organize a room by putting things away

Felix: His room is really cluttered, but he keeps the common areas in passable
condition. I do have to ...... fairly often, and I sometimes have to pick up
after him, but that’s because I’m pretty nitpicky.
Carole: That’s very tolerant of you.


I understand that you didn’t have time to dust and vacuum, but could you at
least straighten up the house before our friends come over?

16

to clean up another person’s mess, especially
putting away that person’s things

Felix: His room is really cluttered, but he keeps the common areas in passable
condition. I do have to straighten up fairly often, and I sometimes have to ....... him, but that’s because I’m pretty nitpicky.


* Do you think a woman’s job is to pick up after her husband and children, or
should everyone be responsible for putting their own things away?

17

to demand that someone pay an amount of money as a punishment for
something bad that he or she has done

Felix: Well, we have set up a system so that if things get too messy, I have some
recourse.
Carole: Really, what’s your system?
Felix: Oscar and I agreed that every time he leaves a big mess, I can ... him.


The library fines people $0.25 per day per book that is overdue.

18

extreme; dramatic; having far-reaching consequences

Felix: Oscar and I agreed that every time he leaves a big mess, I can fine him.
Carole: That seems kind of ......, but maybe it works for you guys.
Felix: Yeah, it keeps the place pretty clean


Selling your home just because you don’t want to clean it anymore seems a bit
drastic.

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