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By pete — 8 months ago
AE 443 – Expression: There Wasn’t a Dry Eye in The House
G’day, you mob. How’s it going? And welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
So, today’s episode is a little bit different, guys. I thought that I would skip the intro scene and just have a bit of a chat to you guys, tell you what I’ve been up to, give you the downlow, give you that deets, give you their gossip. So, obviously, I’ve been doing quite a few of vlogs recently, guys. You will have seen this if you’ve been following me on YouTube, and I hope you’ve been enjoying these vlogs are I get to show you a bit about my life, the food I eat, the places I go, my surroundings, you know? So, the aim with these vlogs is to teach you Australian English whilst also showing you a bit about my life. And interestingly, these seem to be the videos that people like the most, you know? I was always expecting that you would prefer, I don’t know, different kinds of videos on YouTube like interview episodes or some of those on the Aussie English TV episodes, but it seems like you guys are really responding well to the vlogs and I think they’re the content I really most enjoy making so I keep doing my thing with those vlogs, and I did some really cool stuff recently that will be coming out including going to… What was it again? The pumpkin fete. Although the pumpkin fair out in a tiny town called Collector in New South Wales. So, this town has, like, a population of about 300 people, usually, and once a year they have this huge festival of pumpkins. So, they’re selling pumpkins, they have a competition with the largest pumpkin, and you can go to this festival, you can get on rides, you can eat different kinds of food.
One of the funniest things about this festival was the fact that I saw at least three stalls selling Turkish food. So, that was pretty interesting. I did not expect to see that, but there was Spanish food, Italian food, Indian food, as well as, obviously, Australian food, and I vlogged a little bit about that, guys, I had a battered sav, which is like a sausage that’s been battered, it’s been covered in batter, and then that’s been deep fried. So, I have one of those and it was amazing.
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Anyway, let’s get into today’s episode, guys. This one is “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house”. Okay? And this this expression came from Emma who voted on this one, or who suggested this one, in the Aussie English Classroom. So great job, Emma.
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Alright. So, today’s joke, guys. Today’s joke. What type of Australian marsupial can jump higher than a house? What kind of Australian marsupial can jump higher than a house? Any of them, because a house can’t jump! Do you get it? A house can’t jump. Therefore, any Australian marsupial can jump higher than a house.
Alright, so as I mentioned guys, today’s expression is “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house”. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house”.
Let’s go through the definitions of the different words in this expression and it’s a bit of a long one.
So, I mean I’m sure you guys know what “there” is and how it’s used. It means in, at, or to a certain place or position.
“Dry”. “Dry” is not wet or moist. So, it’s free of moisture or liquid. If something is dry it is not wet, it is not covered in a liquid of some kind. So, for instance, a desert is the epitome of dryness. It is where there is absolutely no moisture or, at least, very little.
“An eye”. I’m sure you guys know what “an eye” is. It is one of the two spherical organs that you have in your head, in your face, that you see with. That is “an eye”. Okay? “An eye”.
And “a house”. “A house” I’m sure you know as a dwelling that people live in, you know? I’m currently inside of my house. But it can be used for other things too. So, it can be used for different establishments, different buildings. So, for instance, a restaurant, an inn, a brothel, a theatre, and a cinema are all different establishments that can often be referred to as “the house” if you’re in these establishments.
And in the case of today’s expression, though, “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house”, they’re talking about some kind of building like a church or a theatre, usually a building where you’re going to have a crowd of people watching an event. So, for instance, a wedding in a church or maybe in a town hall as well, or it could be some theatre production, a play, an opera inside of an opera house or inside of a theatre. So, that’s the basic idea there with those words, guys.
The expression “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house”. I wonder if you guys have heard this before, and I wonder if you know what it means. If someone says that there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, it means that the people that were watching a certain event all felt very emotional about this event that they had seen or that they had heard and that many, if not all, were crying. So, it was such an emotional event, everyone was in tears, everyone was crying, and therefore their eyes were wet, their eyes were moist, their eyes were not dry.
So, let’s go through three examples, guys. Let’s go through three examples. And I’ve sort of fleshed these examples out, I have tried to add a bit of story to them, because these examples will be today’s listening comprehension study inside the Aussie English Classroom, guys. So, when you’re in there, this is when you’ll be tested on your listening comprehension, you’ll get to complete the quiz with all of the questions on this section. So, I’ve tried to add a lot of content and a lot of little different aspects, bits and pieces, into these three examples.
So, three examples on how to use the expression “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house”.
So, example number one. I’m going to an opera or a play somewhere and it’s an incredibly sad one, and maybe I’m taking my best mate James, and we’ve decided to fly up to Sydney to go to the Sydney Opera House for the weekend. So, we fly up to Sydney for the weekend and we want to see this play, and it’s a play by Shakespeare. Maybe it is Romeo and Juliet. I think that’s probably the saddest Shakespearean play that I know. So, that’s where the two lovers are from separate families that hate each other. These guys fall in love and they end up committing suicide in a very tragic scene at the very end of this play you know. Spoiler alert! Sorry, if anyone hasn’t seen this. So, you imagine we go and see this play. The scene comes up where Romeo finds his love dead, at least he thinks she’s dead. He drinks some poison, because he wants to die with her. She wakes up as he’s dying, and then she commits suicide. It’s an incredibly emotional and tear-jerking scene. So, you would imagine when this scene occurs, there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house. Everyone would be in tears, everyone would be crying, everyone would be brought to tears by the sad ending. So, there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house.
Alright, example number two. Maybe you are at a relative’s wedding. So, you’ve got a niece and she’s about to get married to some guy that she met at a university. Maybe he was in a uni course or maybe she met him out at a pub or something whilst partying in uni. That tends to be something a lot of uni students do. So, the big day rolls around and you head to the wedding, and there’s a beautiful ceremony. The chairs are all set up. They’re white. There’s an arch under which the couple are going to get married that’s full of flowers. All of your friends and family arrive. You guys take a seat. The music starts to play, you know? Quite often they’ll have things like a quartet, a string quartet. So, you’ll have like violins and other stringed instruments that I can’t think of playing together. And so, the music starts. You see your niece being brought down the aisle. Her father is walking her down the aisle to the groom. So, she is going to get married to the guy at the end of the aisle. She looks so beautiful in her white wedding dress that she begins to cry. And as a result of her crying her father begins to cry. And then, as the crowd sees these two breaking down in tears everyone else starts to cry. So, as a result, there isn’t a dry eye in the house. And, ironically, even if this is outside, right, so your… you could be in an open field, you could probably still use this expression that there isn’t a dry eye in the house, because it doesn’t have to literally be within a house, right, within a building.
So, example number three. Alright, the final example, guys. You are in a hospital and you’re there with your wife, and your wife is pregnant, she is in the midst of giving birth to your child, she’s in labor, and your child’s going to be a beautiful baby girl. So, your whole family has gotten together. Maybe some of them have come from interstate. You know? They’ve flown to Victoria from Queensland or from Western Australia. Some have even flown from overseas. You know? Imagine they came from Brazil or America or France, and they’re all there to celebrate this amazing event. Your first child on this day. So, they’re waiting outside the room. You’re inside with your wife as she successfully gives birth to your beautiful baby girl. You get to cut the umbilical cord as your family come in to meet the latest member of their family, and everyone begins to cry. Everyone is incredibly emotional. They are incredibly excited, they’re happy, they’re proud. Everyone starts to cry. And so, there isn’t a dry eye in the house. When your daughter was born, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Everyone was in tears. Everyone was incredibly happy and emotional.
So, there you go, guys. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It’s used to mean that all people at a particular place or event feel incredibly emotional about something that they’ve seen or heard and that they’ve begun to cry. So, effectively, there’s an audience watching something and everyone is in tears. That is what “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house” means.
So, let’s go through a listen and repeat exercise, guys. This is your chance to practice your pronunciation, to practice saying the words in this expression, in this sentence. So, you know how first I tend to say it word by word to try and help you focus on connected speech. And then after that, we use it in a sentence and conjugate through the different pronouns. Listen and repeat after me and if you’re practising your Aussie accent, pay attention to how I say things, and if you’re just practising your English accent in general, ignore my accent and just use it as a chance to practice yourself saying these words. Okay? So, let’s go.
Listen & Repeat Exercise:
There wasn’t a
There wasn’t a dry
There wasn’t a dry eye
There wasn’t a dry eye in
There wasn’t a dry eye in the
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house x 5
Good job. Now we’ll go through the different pronouns and we’ll conjugate through the sentence, “I didn’t see a dry eye in the house”. Okay? We’ll go through each different pronoun. Let’s go.
I didn’t see a dry eye in the house
You didn’t see a dry eye in the house
He didn’t see a dry eye in the house
She didn’t see a dry eye in the house
We didn’t see a dry eye in the house
They didn’t see a dry eye in the house
It didn’t see a dry eye in the house
Amazing job, guys. Remember to repeat those exercises. Pronunciation is the kind of thing you have to continually practice, you know? It’s kind of like going to the gym. You can go to the gym for three months, you can get incredibly fit, but the moment you stop going to the gym your fitness starts to wane, it starts to reduce, right? It may not be rapid it, but eventually, it reduces more and more and more, slowly, gradually over time. And it’s the same with pronunciation. You might get really good at pronouncing things in English, because you practice a lot, but the moment you stop focusing on pronunciation, at least a little bit, you know, doing a little bit every day, it can begin to taper off, it can begin to reduce, and I’ve found this when speaking French, when speaking Portuguese. The more I do it, the more consistent, I am the better I am. But if I take a little break and I stop practicing, it tends to drop off.
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Today, I think you will really enjoy the pronunciation exercise, because there’s a lot of different things going on in there. Like stop consonants, there’s silent T’s after words like “wasn’t” and “didn’t”. There’s a whole heap of good stuff that I will break down in the video, but I’m going to leave that for the Classroom, and I will hopefully see you guys in there.
Anyway, it’s about 11:30 a.m. and I am starting to get a bit of a hankering on for a coffee. I’m really… I am eagerly awaiting my walk to the shops, getting out of the house, doing my 10,000 steps, going for a bit of a walk, being active, and getting my coffee, my little reward at the end of my exercise, and I’m still debating whether or not to take the dogs for a walk with me, though they tend to poo everywhere and I just can’t be bothered dealing with that.
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By pete — 3 years ago
In today’s episode I explain how to use the expression “To Have Other Fish To Fry” or “To Have Bigger Fish To Fry”, and give you some examples and exercises as well.
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Ep051: Expression – To Have Other/Bigger Fish To Fry
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today is yet again another expression involving animals, and this one today’s going to involve fish, fish.
So, the phrases today or the idiom, the expression, the sentence today is going to be, “To have other fish to fry” or “to have bigger fish to fry”. So, both of these tend to be used as equally commonly as each other. So, I often hear “dah… I’ve got other fish to fry” or “dah… I’ve got bigger fish to fry”.
What does it mean? This phrase means to have other more important matters to attend to. So, to have other more important matters to do, you know, you can’t be here you’ve got to be elsewhere doing something that matters, doing something important.
So, let’s go through some of the words in this phrase.
The word “other” it’s sort of like further, additional, something else, something different, um… from what you’ve already mentioned, from what you’re talking about. So, in the sense of “to have other fish to fry” it means that other than what I’m doing now I’ve got other fish to fry. So, if I’m frying a fish right now, I’ve got other fish to fry, so I’ve got to go and do that. I’ve got other fish to fry.
“Bigger”, I’m sure most of you, if not all of you, know the word bigger. It means larger. So, larger than something.
Um… the word “fish” it’s an animal. It lives in water. So they’re all found in rivers, oceans, ponds, lakes, anything with water in it often has fish in it. They’re limbless, they don’t have limbs, they’ve got no arms [and] no legs. They’re cold blooded. So, they don’t have warm blood like mammals. They’re cold blooded. They have gills. So, the slits in the side of the neck where the water passes through their mouth and goes out the side of their neck, so that’s how they get oxygen into their bodies. They’re called gills. A gill, gills. Fins, they also have, which are the things they use to direct themselves around, ah… instead of arms they have fins. They have a tail fin. They have a dorsal fin on their back, and they have pectoral fins. They have scales. You know what a fish is. That’s a fish.
Um… the verb “to fry”. So, to fry something in this sense means that you’re cooking something in hot fat or in oil. So, for example, a really common meal in Australia is fish and chips, and in order to make these we often cover them in batter. So, batter is flour and water. So, we dip the fish and the chips in batter, and then we fry them in oil. So, we put them in the oil and we deep fry them. So that’s to fry.
So when would you use the phrase “to have other fish to fry” or “to have bigger fish to fry”? You would use these kinds of phrases any time you’ve got to be somewhere else doing something that matters, doing something more important.
So, for example, say, you were in a meeting at work but it was really boring and had nothing to do with what you were doing at work, what you should be doing right now, but you got dragged along. You had to go to that meeting. So, you could say, you know, like, “I don’t really want to be here because I have other fish to fry”. “I don’t want to be here. I’ve got more important things to be doing. I’ve got other fish to fry”.
Um… another example could be say, a professional boxer, say, Mayweather, you know, he’s getting constant um… people asking him, “Can I fight you? Can I fight you? Can I fight you?”, and he’s probably always saying “no”, you know, to all these people who want to fight him because he’s at the top. He only wants to fight the best to maintain his title. He doesn’t want to fight nobodies, he doesn’t want to fight people who don’t matter. And so, to the people who try and challenge him, if they are really, you know, not known at all in the boxing world he could say “look I don’t really want to fight you because I have bigger fish to fry”, which means “I have more important people… which means I have more important people that I could be fighting. I have something else to do. Something more important to do. Sorry, I’ve got bigger fish to fry”.
So, let’s go through some exercises guys, and we’ll do some more conjugating ones today. So, the first one’s going to be “I had other fish to fry”. So this is in the past tense. “I had other fish to fry”. Let’s do it:
I had other fish to fry.
You had other fish to fry.
He had other fish to fry.
She had other fish to fry.
We had other fish to fry.
They had other fish to fry.
And now let’s do one in the future:
I’ll have bigger fish to fry.
You’ll have bigger fish to fry.
He’ll have bigger fish to fry.
She’ll have bigger fish to fry.
We’ll have bigger fish to fry.
They’ll have bigger fish to fry.
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By pete — 1 year ago
AE 299 – Expression: To Cross That Bridge When You Come To It
How’s it going? How have you been? What you been up to? What you’ve been up to?
That’s a really good greeting in Australian English. What you been up to? What have you been up to?
“What have you been up to?” meaning “what have you been doing?”.
How has your week been going? I hope you guys have been well. I finally had my final presentation for the PhD.
So, I spent all week, well all the fortnight really, the last two weeks, putting that together practicing it, rehearsing it.
And then, yesterday, the day before yesterday, on Thursday, I got to present in front of the University.
That said, there weren’t that many people there. It was probably a small room of about 20 people.
It was pretty good. It took about, you know, 30 or 40 minutes for me to get through my 96 slides in my Power Point presentation for these guys.
But, yeah, (I) felt really good. We had pizza afterwards. I hung around with everyone there for a bit.
And then, (I) had to jump back home and give some private lessons.
So, it was a good day except for the fact that it pissed down rain.
So, it was raining cats and dogs as we had to walk from the Museum over to the University.
So, the University requires me to give my final presentation in the University or at the university, although I am based at the Museum.
So, I’m normally at the Museum because my supervisor is based at the museum.
That’s where he works. And so, I work there with him.
But I am enrolled through Melbourne University.
Anyway, so, aside from that, last night we went out. So, it was a big party with the lab that I work in.
So, all the people that I work with who are also students studying at the Museum.
We went out to a place called The Napier Hotel. N-A-P-I-E-R. And that is in Fitzroy.
So, for anyone living in Melbourne or planning to visit Melbourne, I really recommend going to the Napier, N-A-P-I-E-R, in Fitzroy, because they have the most amazing parmas.
So, “parma” is an Australian slang term for parmigiana. I’m probably saying that incorrectly.
Basically, a parma is a dish, a certain food, where you get… you usually get a salad, some chips, and you’ll get a chicken breast that’s been cooked in crumbs.
And then it usually has ham on top with cheese on top of that with tomato sauce on it as well.
Forgive me, my alarm just went off.
So, parmas are one of my favourite meals to go out and have in Australian pubs.
The Napier is an Australian pub.
This is one of these stereotypical Australian meals that you’ll find if you go out and about in Australia.
And so, the reason the one at The Napier is so good is because they use smoked kangaroo.
So, that may come as a bit of a shock to some of you guys, but we can eat kangaroo in Australia.
They are actually a pest species.
There’s way way way too many of them because of all the farming that we do.
They breed like crazy. Anyway, we can eat them. We have them often at restaurants.
You can get them at Woolworths, which is a supermarket chain.
But, the Napier’s so good because it’s smoked kangaroo that they use instead of ham.
Anyway, these parmas are huge. They’re about the size of your head. Really really really good good food.
On top of that, we drank a whole heap of beer.
Definitely more than I should have drunk, but I made it home in the end.
I, you know, walked home through the streets after hanging out with all of my friends, and we all parted ways, and (I) came home and pretty much got straight into bed.
So, I got home, walked through the door, and hit the sack. I hit the hay.
I went to bed pretty much straight away. So, that’s been my week.
That’s been my last evening. I am now sitting here in front of my computer chatting to you guys with a coffee.
So, (I’m) trying to sort of, hopefully, cleanse a little bit today, and be a little more healthy.
I might go get a salad for lunch. Anyway, today’s going to be an awesome episode, guys.
Let’s get into it.
So, today’s expression is “to cross a bridge” or “to cross that bridge when you come to it”.
“To cross that bridge when you come to it”. As usual guys, let’s just get into it.
Let’s define the words in the expression to cross that bridge or to cross a bridge when you come to it.
So, “to cross”, “to cross something”, this is to traverse something, to pass over something.
To go from one place to another place to cross something.
So, you could cross a river if you use a bridge to literally go across the river.
You cross the river. You could cross an ocean if you were in a boat. You could cross the ocean by sailing.
Or you could be in a plane and you could fly over the ocean, to cross it.
You could cross the ocean by flying over it. So, that’s the verb “to cross”.
“A bridge.” “A bridge” is a structure for walking, for driving, for riding across to pass over something usually a road or a river, a building, a path.
A bridge is a structure for crossing something else, for going over something else. A bridge.
“To come to”, “to come to something” is to arrive at something.
So, “to come to a stop” is to arrive at a stop. “To come to a place” is to arrive at a place.
So, I could say, “Today, I have come to this beach to go for a swim. I have arrived at this beach to go for a swim”.
“To come to” is to arrive at.
As usual, let’s go through and define the expression, guys.
So, if you say to someone, “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.” or you tell them that they need to cross that bridge when they come to it, it means that they need to solve that problem when and if it arises.
So, it’s a metaphor for solving a problem, for overcoming an obstacle when and if it arrives, when and if it happens.
So, “we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it” will mean that we’ll worry about, quite literally, crossing that bridge, we’ll worry about going over that bridge, when we get to the bridge, when we arrive at the bridge.
But figuratively, if we use this as a metaphor, it means that we will solve that problem, we will overcome that obstacle, whatever the obstacle or whatever the problem is, when we get to it, when we arrive at it, when we come to it.
So, to cross the bridge when we come to it is to solve a problem when it happens.
As usual, let’s talk about some examples of how we would use this expression in everyday life guys.
So, imagine, number one, that you are going on a road trip. You’re going on a road trip around Australia.
So, maybe you’re driving from Perth all the way east to Victoria, to Melbourne, where I live.
And then, you’re going to drive all the way north up the east coast of Australia to Cairns.
And that’s thousands and thousands of kilometres.
I think it be about 12,000 kilometres to do those two legs of that trip.
To drive from Perth to Melbourne. The first leg.
And then, to drive the second leg from Melbourne to Cairns.
So, it’s a huge road trip that you’ve got planned, and you have an old car.
So, the car’s a bit of a bomb. You’re worried the car’s going to break down.
It’s going to stop functioning. So, that something in the engine is going to go wrong.
Maybe something will break. A cable will break. Maybe the radiator will blow.
Something’s going to happen and the car’s going to break down. This is what you’re worried about.
If you say to someone, “What happens if the car breaks down?”, the other person could say to you “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”
And they’re saying that meaning, “We will worry about that problem when it happens. We’ll worry about overcoming that obstacle, the obstacle of the car breaking down, if it happens, when it happens. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”
Number two. Imagine you’re planning a surprise birthday for your mother, for your mum.
So, you want to plan this awesome epic surprise birthday with all your relatives, with all of her friends, with all of the gifts.
You’re going to cook up a barbie.
You’re going to have a whole bunch of food. It’s going to be an amazing party.
But your mother hates surprises. She absolutely hates surprises.
So if someone said to you, “Oh man! What happens when she gets here and she freaks out, she gets angry because it’s a surprise and you know your mother hates surprises?”
You could say, “Well, if she gets angry about it we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. You can cross that bridge when you come to it. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. We’ll worry about this problem, we’ll worry about the obstacle that is mum getting angry about this surprise birthday party, when and if it happens. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.“
So, the last example, example number three, is that you are worried about an upcoming exam for an incredibly difficult subject that you are studying at university.
So, I imagine that you’re studying something like, at least for me, maths.
I was awful at maths as a kid, and I was awful at university, and I still am awful at maths.
Imagine that you’re studying for an exam that you need to pass in order to continue studying, and you’re incredibly worried that you’re going to fail it.
Maybe you say to someone, “Oh, I’ve got to study for this exam. I have to go and complete it. I have to get at least this score. I’m really worried that if I don’t I’m going to get thrown out of university.”
Someone could say to you, “Look, just do your best. You’ve still got several weeks to study. Do your best. See how you go, and if things go badly we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. We will cross that bridge when we come to it. We’ll worry about that obstacle or that problem when and if it happens. You can cross that bridge when you come to it.”
So, as usual guys, let’s go in, let’s dive in, let’s do a listen and repeat exercise where you guys can practice your pronunciation.
So, listen and repeat after me, guys, and try to sound exactly like I do as a native English speaker.
Listen and repeat:
To cross that bridge.
To cross that bridge.
To cross that bridge when you come to it.
To cross that bridge when you come to it.
I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
You’ll cross that bridge when you come to it.
He’ll cross that bridge when he comes to it.
She’ll cross that bridge when she comes to it.
We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
They’ll cross that bridge when they come to it.
It will cross that bridge when it comes to it.
Good job, guys. Good job.
So, now as usual, let’s have a little quick chat about pronunciation and connected speech, guys, and how it relates to the expression “To cross that bridge when you come to it”.
In this one, I want you to notice that when we say “To_w_it”, “To_w_it”, “To_w_it” we join the two vowels that “-o” and the “i-“, “To_w_it”, with a W-sound.
So, this happens all the time in English.
And this, again, is not just Australian English. This is all forms of English.
When we have two vowels either side of one another, one at the end of a word, for instance “to”, and the other at the start of a word, in this case “it”, we link them.
And we’ll link them with either a “Weh” sound, a W sound, “Weh”, or a “Yeh” sound, a Y sound, a “Yeh”.
So, in this case, it’s a W. It’s a W sound. “To_w_it”.
So, listen and repeat after me, guys. I’m going to say “To_w_it” five times.
Practice your pronunciation, and then we’ll go through the listen and repeat exercise one more time so that you can practice this pronunciation and connected speech tip.
Listen and repeat:
I’ll cross that bridge when I come to_w_it.
You’ll cross that bridge when you come to_w_it.
He’ll cross that bridge when he comes to_w_it.
She’ll cross that bridge when she comes to_w_it.
We’ll cross that bridge when we come to_w_it.
They’ll cross that bridge when they come to_w_it.
It’ll cross that bridge when it comes to_w_it.
Great job guys. Great job.
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