Are YOU officially an adult? Checklist of 40 achievements reveals whether you qualify as a ‘REAL’ grown up, from washing your own sheets to filing your taxes on time
To qualify (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to have the right qualities or be in the right situation to be considered as something or to receive or do something “というふうに記載されていますね。
90% of the boat people did not qualify as refugees.
She hopes to qualify (as a lawyer) at the end of the year.
To qualify for Olympic status, a sport must be played in 50 countries and on three continents.
Her income was too high to qualify her for any help with child care expenses.
The fact that his grandparents were Irish qualified him to play in the Irish national team
To file (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to put a document into a container with other documents “というふうに記載されていますね。
Please file the invoices in chronological order.
Letters of complaint are filed under ‘problems’.
・A new study has found of millennials believe completing mundane household tasks and having financial independence qualifies someone as an adult
・Having a steady job and saving for retirement are also considered to be indications of ‘adulting’ according to those surveyed
・However, although millennials are careful about spending, 58% don’t have enough money for a medical emergency and over 30% don’t pay their own rent
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” a sign that something will happen, is true, or exists “というふうに記載されていますね。
The size of the crowd is a clear indication of the strength of public feeling.
Helen’s face gave no indication of what she was thinking.
The amount of new construction work is an indication of the city’s prosperity.
The flags gave an indication of how strong the wind was.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” doing adult things; behaving like an adult “というふうに記載されていますね。
Why is adulting so hard?
Adulting includes things like keeping your home clean and paying bills.
I’m not great at adulting. I do things like eat fast food while the fresh ingredients I bought rot in my fridge.
Do you wash your sheets regularly, watch the news and get to bed before 11 pm?
Congratulations – you’re officially an adult!
A new study of 2,000 millennials found that certain tasks are only performed by fully mature adults and that completing mundane tasks are actually a milestone when it comes to maturity.
Macmillan Dictionary によると” the qualities and behaviour that you would expect of a sensible adult “というふうに記載されていますね。
He hasn’t got the maturity to be a father.
It takes maturity to be a leader.
According to millennials, the number one sign of ‘adulting’ is having a steady job (78 per cent), but as many as half say just doing their own laundry makes them feel like an adult.
Dealing with conflict better also proved to be a big sign of being an adult, as one in four millennials say confronting someone in person instead of blasting them on social media is now considered ‘adulting.’
The survey, conducted by Mattress Firm, found that filing your own taxes was a big sign of maturity also, but curiously, women find it to be substantially more adult, with 66 per cent of females saying financial responsibility is a sign of ‘adulting’ compared to just 45 per cent of men.
Many millennials feel bogged down by their circumstances however, as more than half (52 per cent) believe the current economic climate makes it impossible for people to grow up and ‘adult’ faster than they’d like, and 15 per cent of millennials still do not actually consider themselves to be a true adult.
However, almost half of those surveyed displayed a conservative attitude when it came to spending, and from buying a mattress to leasing a car, the average millennial will do 4.6 hours of research before buying.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” by a large amount or degree “というふうに記載されています。
We have substantially increased the number of courses.
The city has grown substantially.
The new rules will substantially change how we do things.
House prices have risen substantially over the last six months.
Their new house is substantially bigger than their previous one.
The quality of their products has improved substantially over the last five years.
Serious crime is down substantially.
bog down (phrasal verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to be or become so involved with one particular thing that you cannot make any progress “というふうに記載されています。
He’s a big-picture leader and doesn’t get bogged down in the details.
Try not to get bogged down in unnecessary detail.
The meeting got bogged down with disputes about who was going to do what.
To lease (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” to have a legal agreement in which someone pays you money to use a building, land, or equipment belonging to you for a specific period of time “というふうに記載されています。
I leased my new car instead of buying it.
The offices are currently leased to a design company.
The building’s 60 units are currently leased to students of the university.
It was agreed they would lease the apartment to him/lease him the apartment.
They also believe a ‘big purchase’ falls somewhere between the $500-$2,500 range, and they won’t make it haphazardly, consulting four or more people for their opinion on a purchase.
‘Doing research before making a big purchase can make all the difference,’ said Kathryn Siegling, Mattress Firm’s Vice President of Advertising.
‘There are several resources available such as online reviews, blogs and even guides on the best time to buy that can help save you money on a larger purchase.
‘If you find yourself overwhelmed with too many options, recommendations from friends and family are the best resources to help you narrow down your choices.’
According to the survey, 63 per cent of millennials’ overall spending goes toward necessities, proving that they’re more financially responsible than people might think.
In fact, nearly half (41 per cent) of millennials are currently saving for retirement.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると形容詞 haphazard は “done in a way that does not seem to be carefully planned or organized“ というふうに記載されていますね。
He tackled the problem in a typically haphazard manner.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” a process, thing, or action that is needed in a situation “ と記載されていますね。
You can come early if you want to, but there’s no necessity for it.
Is there any necessity to reply to her letter?
In my work, a computer is a necessity.
basic necessities like milk and bread
A car is a necessity in this town.
Not only that, but more than 35 per cent of millennials pay off their entire credit card bill each month, and 69 per cent will actually turn down social events with friends for financial reasons.
The majority (65 per cent) are also more likely to buy something they have immediate interest in a few months later if they can get it at a discounted price.
But that doesn’t mean they’re flowing with riches either, as nearly six in ten (58 per cent) don’t even have enough money for a major medical emergency, and only three in four (76 per cent) are paying their own rent or mortgage.
‘Whether we like it or not, adulting can be expensive,’ Siegling said.
‘But big purchases don’t have to cost a fortune and can be a smart investment in the long run. Waiting for the right time to buy or saving extra cash can make those larger expenses easier to take on. Once you’re ready to buy, finding the best value for a “big purchase” can help stretch your budget further.’
pay off (phrasal verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to give someone all the money that you have borrowed from them to buy something ” という風に記載されていますね。
Only another six months and the house will be paid off.
I expect to pay the debt off within two years.
turn down (phrasal verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to refuse an offer, a job, or a request: ” という風に記載されていますね。
How could you turn down such a fantastic job?
I don’t believe it: he turned me down flat!
He was turned down for the job because of insufficient experience.
take on (phrasal verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to develop a particular character or appearance “ という風に記載されていますね。
Our website is taking on a new look.
The war took on a different meaning for everyone involved.
最後に、内容が理解でき、新しい単語も知ることができたら、必ずCambridge Dictionaryか、Macmillan Dictionaryで例文を読むようにしてください。そして一番シンプルで、自分が日常使いしときやすそうなもをノートやスマホに書き溜めておいてください。そしてこれを移動中の時などに声に出して覚えることが本当に大事です！（電車では難しいので、僕はよく歩きますw）