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  1. from being a little expensive, I think this is the best restaurant around here.
  2. His birthday was a few weeks ago and he 29.
  3. Traffic will make getting to the meeting on time a little .
  4. The goalie blocked the kick with his hands.
  5. My husband is a perfect for our kids.
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259 Beckham
Lois talks about her favorite footballer.

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role model

David Beckham has been very good role model for people in England.

A 'role model' is a good example for how people should live or act. Notice the following:

  1. Many celebrities today are not good role models for children.
  2. My sister has always been my role model.


David Beckham missed two penalties in 2004.

In this case, 'penalty' is referring to penalty kicks, which are given when someone from the other team has committed a penalty against another player. Notice the following:

  1. The whole game depended on penalty kicks.
  2. The team spent a lot of time practicing penalties.


Apart from having a tattoo, I would say that David Beckham is perfect.

Here 'apart' is similar to 'other than.' The example says that if David Beckham didn't have a tattoo he would be perfect or the tattoo is the only thing that isn't perfect about him. Notice the following:

  1. He's a good roommate, apart from the fact that he wakes up early every day.
  2. Apart from the rain in the afternoon today was a perfect day.


That was a tricky question.

A 'tricky' question is difficult to answer. Notice the following:

  1. I thought that exam was pretty tricky.
  2. Communication can be tricky sometimes if you don't speak the language well.


His wife just turned thirty a couple of months ago, and he is one year younger.

When we have a birthday our age chances and we 'turn' a different age. Notice the following:

  1. When do you turn 21?
  2. My dad turned 50 last year.