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landscaped • close friends • able to make
affair • deliver his lines
  1. The rain was terrible and we weren't it to her birthday party.
  2. The microphones were bad so we couldn't hear him .
  3. They have been since they were twelve years old.
  4. The area in front of the building is and full of flowers.
  5. Meetings with him are always a serious .
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215 The Wedding - His Story
John talks about the day he got married.

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It was a beautiful backyard with a pool and nicely landscaped.

When a yard is 'landscaped' it is well cared for and decorated.  Sometimes this means rocks, fountains and trees. Notice the following:

  1. This summer we are going to have the backyard landscaped.
  2. All of the yards in my neighborhood are well landscaped.

close friends

We only had about 30-50 close friends of the family.

You 'close friends' are the people that are most involved in your life and that you rely on if you have a problem. Notice the following:

  1. She only has a few close friends.
  2. His close friends were really surprised when he told them he was getting married.

able to make it

There were a few other family members who were able to make it.

If a person is 'able to make it' to a place they come there even though it is very far or costs a lot of money.  Notice the following:

  1. My husband is sick and we won't be able to make it to dinner tonight.
  2. We will definitely be able to make it to your graduation party.


Our wedding was a pretty small affair.

In this case 'affair' refers to the celebration, party or event. Notice the following:

  1. The whole weekend was a very serious affair.
  2. I didn't know a small dinner party could turn into such a big affair.

deliver (my) lines

I cried when I was supposed to deliver my lines.

'Deliver you lines' means to say the words that you are supposed to say in a loud voice.  We use the word 'lines' for sentences or phrases that have been written and practiced before the time when we say them. Notice the following:

  1. She delivered her lines so well at the audition that she got the part immediately.
  2. He was so nervous during the first play that he had problems delivering his lines.