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modern • downtown • residential
on the spot • can say that
  1. I guess you I prefer to work early in the morning.
  2. Do you prefer or historical cities?
  3. The journalist really put her with a lot of those questions.
  4. You can't drive fast here because it's a area.
  5. There will be a parade and musical performance tomorrow.
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151 Hong Kong
Laura talks about her city of Hong Kong and living in high rises.

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Hong Kong is a really big modern city.

A "modern" city has a contemporary appearance, a style that is popular now and recent technology.  Notice the following:

  1. He always has the most modern technology.
  2. Do you prefer modern or traditional houses?


Do you live downtown?

The "downtown" of a city is the central area, where a lot of the businesses and stores are.  Notice the following:

  1. They like to go shopping downtown.
  2. Do you know the streets downtown?


For residential users we have very tall buildings.

A "residential" area is a place where people live in houses or apartments.  This may be in a separate area from the stores or businesses.  Notice the following:

  1. They are building a new residential complex close to my office.
  2. We moved out of downtown and into a more residential neighborhood a few years ago.

on the spot

It's kind of hard. I'm sorry. On the spot.

If you are "on the spot" all attention is focused on you and you have to make a statement or decision right now.  Notice the following:

  1. He put me on the spot by asking my opinion about the new plan.
  2. She always gets nervous when people put her on the spot.

you can say that

Well, you can say that.

We you the phrase "you can say that" to show agreement with what another person has said.  It is similar to "that is true."  Notice the following:

  1. You can say that the city is an exciting place to live.
  2. You can say that he is a hard worker.