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"From the Ted Talk by Mandy Len Catron: A better way to talk about love"

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When I got back from my trip to South America, I snept a lot of time alone in my room, checking my eamil, desperate to hear from the guy I loved. I decided that if my friends could not underatsnd my govirues affliction, then I did not need their friendship. So I stopped hanging out with most of them. And it was probably the most unhappy year of my life. But I think I felt like it was my job to be miserable, because if I could be miserable, then I would prove how much I loevd him. And if I could prove it, then we would have to end up together eventually.

Open Cloze

When I got back from my trip to South America, I _____ a lot of time alone in my room, checking my _____, desperate to hear from the guy I loved. I decided that if my friends could not __________ my ________ affliction, then I did not need their friendship. So I stopped hanging out with most of them. And it was probably the most unhappy year of my life. But I think I felt like it was my job to be miserable, because if I could be miserable, then I would prove how much I _____ him. And if I could prove it, then we would have to end up together eventually.

Solution

  1. grievous
  2. loved
  3. spent
  4. email
  5. understand

Original Text

When I got back from my trip to South America, I spent a lot of time alone in my room, checking my email, desperate to hear from the guy I loved. I decided that if my friends could not understand my grievous affliction, then I did not need their friendship. So I stopped hanging out with most of them. And it was probably the most unhappy year of my life. But I think I felt like it was my job to be miserable, because if I could be miserable, then I would prove how much I loved him. And if I could prove it, then we would have to end up together eventually.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
romantic love 3
collaborative work 3

Important Words

  1. affliction
  2. america
  3. checking
  4. decided
  5. desperate
  6. email
  7. eventually
  8. felt
  9. friends
  10. friendship
  11. grievous
  12. guy
  13. hanging
  14. hear
  15. job
  16. life
  17. lot
  18. loved
  19. miserable
  20. prove
  21. room
  22. south
  23. spent
  24. stopped
  25. time
  26. trip
  27. understand
  28. unhappy
  29. year