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    Common sentences

    I have some sentences which i got from an English website but i can't understand their meaning because they are sentences using in speaking English. Plz help me out.

    Good things come in small packages.

    Karen gave me a startled look.

    Paul eased the car through the parking lot and out into the traffic.

    I hoped he was going to say something thrilling.

    I knew I was head over heels in love with Paul Taylor.

    Girls don't have to sit around anymore waiting for guys to ask them out.

    Would you by any chance want to go to the Winter Formal with me, Lindsey ?

    I knew it was only a matter of time before he got up the courage to ask me out.

    Please, Karen, give me a break! I don't need you getting all philosophical on me.

    Let's go get some ice cream! And while we are pigging out, we'll talk about the way to ask Paul to the dance.

    I stole a sideways glance at Becky, noticing how engrossed she seemed to be in what Paul was saying.

    Suddenly a gust of wind seized the door behind me, and slammed it shut.

    I had actually worked up the nerve to ask Paul Taylor to the dance.

    But he's the one who asked you for a date, remember. All you're doing is accepting, no strings attached.

    The next two weeks flew by in a blur.

    Afte we buckled our seat belts, I eased out into the traffice and changed lanes carefully.

    At least, your car doesn't look badly damaged. But the car behind you really sure took the beating.

    Your father's taken the car to get some repair estimates for the insurance company.

    Aside from everything else, it does throw some slight kink into our production.

    I wondered what I had gotten myself into.

    Karen held up her hand in defeat.

    They looked so close and cozy, as if they were sharing an intimate secret.

    I am sure Paul's sorry for getting a little short-tempered.

    Tickets are selling at a good rate, the proceeds going to a local charity.

    I realised that for the first time we had made it through the entire scene without a hitch.

    But you have to admit the way you treated him was pretty crummy.

    Being on the ice gave me a sense of accomplishment and self-worth.

    I was too wrapped up in my own thoughts ........

    I was so thrilled by his praise that I was speechless. My head was spinning.

    It's so hard for me to open up to a guy about my feelings, ......

    I knew it was rotten to use Trent like that, he's an awfully nice guy.


    Thanks for helping me.

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    Re: Common sentences

    Good things come in small packages.
    It means you can't judge the value of something based on its size. A diamond ring, for example, would be enclosed in a very small package. It's a contradiction to the saying, "the bigger, the better."

    Karen gave me a startled look.
    When Karen looked at me, I could see surprise or disbelief in her eyes. She didn't know what to expect.

    Paul eased the car through the parking lot and out into the traffic.
    The area where all the cars were parked was very narrow, and difficult to navigate. Paul very carefully managed to move his car out of a parking space and exit out onto the road without incident.

    I hoped he was going to say something thrilling.
    This one is hard to determine without the full context. It sounds as though someone shushed a crowd, urging them to be quiet, so that he could make an announcement. For all his fanfare, the crowd hoped that his announcement would be something important.

    I knew I was head over heels in love with Paul Taylor.
    You had fallen in love with Paul Taylor completely, beyond any rational explanation.

    Girls don't have to sit around anymore waiting for guys to ask them out.
    Girls are bold enough to ask a boy out for dinner or for a dance. No longer must boys take the lead when it comes to socializing.

    Would you by any chance want to go to the Winter Formal with me, Lindsey ?
    This sounds like a nervous, hesitant boy who fancies Linsey and wants to be her escort for the Winter Formal (a dance). He's not sure that she will agree to accompany him, so he approaches here with trepidation.

    I knew it was only a matter of time before he got up the courage to ask me out.
    Linsey(from the above example) had a feeling that this boy liked her. She knew in her heart that he would eventually ask her to the Winter Formal.

    Please, Karen, give me a break! I don't need you getting all philosophical on me.
    This sentence needs more context in order to determine the exact meaning. Based on the dialog presented above, however, it seems that Karen has been making excuses as to why Paul might not ask Linsey to the dance.

    Let's go get some ice cream! And while we are pigging out, we'll talk about the way to ask Paul to the dance.
    We girls are going to indulge ourselves by eating ice cream (despite the calories), and while we eat, we'll try to figure out how to get Paul to ask Linsey to the dance.

    I stole a sideways glance at Becky, noticing how engrossed she seemed to be in what Paul was saying.
    I looked at Becky from the corner of my eye, but she didn't notice me. She was paying too much attention to what Paul was saying.

    Suddenly a gust of wind seized the door behind me, and slammed it shut.
    The door had been propped open, but suddenly the wind caused it to close.

    I had actually worked up the nerve to ask Paul Taylor to the dance.
    I was shy because girls don't usually ask boys for a date, but I finally mustered up the courage to ask Paul to go to the dance with me.

    But he's the one who asked you for a date, remember. All you're doing is accepting, no strings attached.
    Linsey is nervous about going to the dance with Paul. Her friends are trying to encourage her, telling her that Paul must be attracted to her, that's why he asked her to go to the dance.

    The next two weeks flew by in a blur.
    She was so nervous preparing for the dance that the two weeks prior to it passed by quickly. She didn't have time to think about what she was doing.

    Afte we buckled our seat belts, I eased out into the traffice and changed lanes carefully.
    They got into the car and fastened their seat belts. The driver carefully left the parking area and drove his car onto the main street. He blended with the other cars and moved into the fast lane (the one furthest from the curb).

    At least, your car doesn't look badly damaged. But the car behind you really sure took the beating.
    Two cars have collided in an accident. Your car doesn't show any dents or signs of damage. The car that ran into you is severely dented and will need repairs.

    Your father's taken the car to get some repair estimates for the insurance company.
    Your car - the one that wasn't very damaged in the collision - has been inspected by a person from the insurance company. He has determined the extent of the damage, and will give his company the approval to pay for the repairs.





    ..... and I'll pause here to ask the original poster if these explanations thus far are of any help.

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