1. “I was starting to feed like my whole world was falling apart-kind of slipping into a depression，”said Carla.
Key Points: feel like/ fall apart/ kind of/ slip into
(1). feel like (to have the feel of someone or something)
You were only there three days but it felt like a week!
(2). fall apart (it becomes disorganized or unable to work effectively)
Their marriage fell apart.
(3). kind of (means a little)
Your words made me feel kind of funny.
(4). slip into (get into some kind of state slowly)
She slipped into a coma and died peacefully to have the feel of someone or something.
2. “People do it at the expense of everything that was a constant in their lives.” Heidrich now visits websites that discuss gaming addiction regularly “to remind myself to keep my love for online games in check”.
Key Points: check
(1). check in (the act of reporting your presence [as at an airport or a hotel])
Most airlines recommend passengers check in at minimum 90 minutes.
(2). check out (examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition)
Let’s check out the numbers behind the news.
(3). check up (find out information about)
We need a doctor to check her up.
(4). check with (to ask someone about something)
Herbs may help, but check with a doctor.
3. Placed in an insulated case and surrounded by quarter-inch-thick panels of stainless steel, the boxes can withstand massive force and temperatures up to 2,000F.
Key Points: quarter ( one of four equal parts into which something can be divided)
(1). a period of 15 minutes
It’s a quarter six now.
(2). a period of 3 months
The company’s profits dropped 5% in tire fourth quarter of the year.
(3). a coin used in the US and Canada worth 25 cents
Do you have a quarter in your purse?