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as soon as

as soon as meaning

as soon as -> at the same time or a very short time after; just after. Example: As soon as she saw me, she started to cry. I’ll be with you as soon as I finish this job. I jumped out of bed as soon as the alarm clock went off. I’ll come as soon […]

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wake up

wake up meaning

To wake up is to ​become ​awake and ​conscious after ​sleeping, or to ​cause someone to ​stop ​sleeping. Example: He often wakes up early. What time do you wake up? Please wake me up at 6:30. I woke up with a slight headache. I often wake up at midnight.

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to be about to

be about to meaning

to be about to do something: to be at the moment of doing something, to be ready. We use this expression to refer to something that will happen very soon in the future. Example: The plane is about to take off. I don’t want what I’m about to say to be recorded. The sun is […]

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figure out

figure out meaning

“To figure out” means  to solve, to find a solution for a problem or to understand something. Example: I can’t figure out how to solve this problem. I can’t figure out how to open this suitcase. I can’t figure out why he didn’t tell the truth. I can’t figure out what the writer is trying […]

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had better

had better meaning

had better (do something): should, ought to, be advisable to do something.  It is most commonly used to make recommendations. We use it if we think there will be negative results if someone does not do what is desired or suggested. It  is most often used in contracted form: ‘d better Example: The chair is broken. […]

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on time

“on time” ->  exactly at the correct time,  punctually. This phrase is used to describe something that arrives, happens, or is done when it should and is not late. Example: We managed to get there on time. I want to emphasize the need to get this done on time. As far as I know, he’s […]

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