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From the Ted Talk by Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I remember my first fire. I was the second volunteer on the scene, so there was a pretty good cnhcae I was going to get in. But still it was a real footrace against the other volunteers to get to the captain in charge to find out what our assignments would be. When I found the caiptan, he was having a very engaging conversation with the homeowner, who was surely having one of the worst days of her life. Here it was, the mdidle of the nghit, she was standing outside in the pouring rain, under an umbrella, in her pajamas, barefoot, while her hosue was in flames.

Open Cloze

I remember my first fire. I was the second volunteer on the scene, so there was a pretty good ______ I was going to get in. But still it was a real footrace against the other volunteers to get to the captain in charge to find out what our assignments would be. When I found the _______, he was having a very engaging conversation with the homeowner, who was surely having one of the worst days of her life. Here it was, the ______ of the _____, she was standing outside in the pouring rain, under an umbrella, in her pajamas, barefoot, while her _____ was in flames.

Solution

  1. middle
  2. house
  3. captain
  4. night
  5. chance

Original Text

I remember my first fire. I was the second volunteer on the scene, so there was a pretty good chance I was going to get in. But still it was a real footrace against the other volunteers to get to the captain in charge to find out what our assignments would be. When I found the captain, he was having a very engaging conversation with the homeowner, who was surely having one of the worst days of her life. Here it was, the middle of the night, she was standing outside in the pouring rain, under an umbrella, in her pajamas, barefoot, while her house was in flames.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
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Important Words

  1. assignments
  2. barefoot
  3. captain
  4. chance
  5. charge
  6. conversation
  7. days
  8. engaging
  9. find
  10. fire
  11. flames
  12. footrace
  13. good
  14. homeowner
  15. house
  16. life
  17. middle
  18. night
  19. pajamas
  20. pouring
  21. pretty
  22. rain
  23. real
  24. remember
  25. scene
  26. standing
  27. surely
  28. umbrella
  29. volunteer
  30. volunteers
  31. worst