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father's side • very close • nuclear
power of • lavish
  1. Her clothes are always very .
  2. I have dinner with my family every Sunday.
  3. Both of my grandparents on my are still alive.
  4. All of the people who work here are because they spend so much time together.
  5. Not many people are taking vacations this year because the the dollar is low.
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263 Family Wedding
Travis talks about a wedding he has to attend.

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father's side of the family

I have quite a few cousins on my father's side of the family.

Your 'father's side of the family' includes your father's parents, his aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, their husbands or wives and their children. This is frequently shortened to 'my father's side' in conversation. Notice the following:

  1. My father's side of the family is much larger than my mother's.
  2. I am going to a family reunion for my father's side.

very close

My dad is one of eight children, so we've always been very close.

If you are 'very close' with someone you have a good relationship with him and he knows about what is happening in your life. Notice the following:

  1. I have always been very close to my parents.
  2. My brother and sister are very close and talk almost every day.

nuclear family

Basically, we've been a nuclear family around my grandparents on Dad's side.

Usually 'nuclear family' refers to just the parents and the children that live in the same house.  Travis is saying that his extended family is so close that they acted like a linear family. Notice the following:

  1. My nuclear family and my grandparents live together.
  2. I am in close contact with my nuclear family, but not as much with my extended family.

power of the dollar (or peso)

The power of the dollar is stronger, versus the power of the peso.

The 'power of the dollar' refers to value of a US dollar in Mexico, not just in terms of pesos, but what it can buy as far as things or services. Notice the following:

  1. His wealth changes depending on the power of the dollar.
  2. The power of the dollar decreased a lot in the last few years.


You can have the same lavish wedding in Mexico for a third of the price in the US.

A 'lavish' wedding is very fancy and elaborate, sometimes a little extravagant or excessive. Notice the following:

  1. He spends his money on lavish things, such as expensive sports cars.
  2. She has always given us very lavish birthday and Christmas gifts.