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the deal • proper job • take time
native to • handful
  1. This recipe is better if you add a of raisins to the mix.
  2. It's important to to walk around the city as slowly as you want.
  3. When do you think you want to find a ?
  4. Health and dental insurance are both part of .
  5. Llamas actually aren't the area of Macchu Picchu.
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206 Nut Farm
Marion talks working on a nut farm.

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part of the deal

As part of the deal, we had to go out and pick nuts every day.

When something comes as 'part of the deal' it means that it is included in the arrangement or contract. Notice the following:

  1. As part of the deal my family gets to travel for free.
  2. They have to fix the kitchen and this bathroom as part of the deal.

proper job

For me, it was fun because it wasn't a proper job.

A 'proper job' is a serious or professional job that may be part of a career.  Notice the following:

  1. A few months after he graduated from university he had a proper job.
  2. I'm not ready for a proper job yet.

take time

We took our time and had laughs and jokes while working.

When you 'take your time' in doing something it means that you do it at a comfortable speed and don't feel rushed. Notice the following:

  1. Shopping is more fun if you can take your time.
  2. Don't stress out about it.  Just take your time.

native to

I think macadamia nuts are native to Australia.

If a plant or tree is 'native to' a place it means it naturally grows in that area, that is where the plant is from. Notice the following:

  1. These monkeys are native to the rain forests in Brazil.
  2. Pine trees are native to the northern areas.


We used to bring a handful of nuts with us for breakfast.

A 'handful' is the amount that fits in your hand. Notice the following:

  1. I can only eat a handful of potato chips.
  2. He took a handful of cereal from the box.