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English the American Way Unit 7

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advance notice
telling someone about something before you do it
appliances
large machines for household chores
chunk of change
a large amount of money
consider
think about
down payment
the money required to begin the buying process
downside
disadvantage; con
equivalent
about the same as
flexibility
ability to change easily
Founding Fathers
the man who formed the country and wrote the Constitution of the United States
handy
convenient
hookup
connection
lease agreement
a rental contract
lot
the property
off the hook
not held responsible for something
options
choices
out of luck
don't have a chance
pretty
as an adjective this means attractive; as an adverb, it means rather or quite
property line
boundary
pros and cons
advantages and disadvantages
realtor
person whose business is to help people buy and sell homes
recreation
activities for fun and relaxation
relocating
moving
secondhand
used items that can be purchased inexpensively
security deposit
money kept in an account in case the apartment is damaged
short term
for a small amount of time
take forever
take a very long time
tempting
makes you want something
typically
usually
upside
advantage; pro
utilities
electric, water, gas, and cable
weigh one's options
think about choices
white picket fence
a painted wooden fence with small slats
you're on your own
it's your responsibility
zap
cook in a microwave oven
'burbs
suburb
city person
someone who is most comfortable in a city
country
an area with farms, few homes, and lots of open space
get away from it all
leave responsibilities and relax
headache
something complicated and annoying
lifestyle
the way people choose to spend their time
mooing and clucking
sounds made by cows and chickens, respectively
open space
land in its natural state
patio
an area outside a house, often paved, for relaxing
peace and quiet
a calm environment
play date
an arranged play time for children
rolling hills
an area of small hills and fields
settle down
become established, start a new normal life
specific
exact
urban
having to do with the city
specific
exact
within walking distance
easy to walk to
urban
having to do with the city
within walking distance
easy to walk
bill
a statement of how much money you owe
credit rating
an evaluation of how good your credit is, based on your payments
dreaded
worrisome, not wanted
due
expected (and sometimes required)
grace period
a time period after the due date when you can pay a bill without a penalty
junk mail
advertising and papers that you haven't requested
late fee
money the company charges if you don't pay on time
Murphy's Law
a famous saying: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong."
on time
when it's due; not late
slapped with
charged for
timer
a small device that buzzes after a set time has gone by
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