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dress up • American-style • diverges
seamstress • look like
  1. You you just woke up.
  2. The book a lot from the original topic, but that's why it's interesting.
  3. Her makes all her clothes.
  4. This is more like Chinese food. It isn't traditional at all.
  5. My daughter likes to with her friends.
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289 Halloween
Adrienne and Mike talk about trick-or-treating on Halloween.

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dress up

Halloween is a fun holiday for kids because they get to dress up in costumes, and get lots of candy.

When you wear clothes that you don't wear on normal days you are 'dressing up.' This phrase is used to describe wearing a costume or putting on fancy or formal clothes. Notice the following:

  1. We are supposed to dress up as movie stars for the party.
  2. You have to dress up because the restaurant is really formal and expensive.


Do you have American-style Halloween in Canada?

Something that is 'American-style' is done in the same way that it is done in the United States. Notice the following:

  1. This is just like American-style pizza.
  2. Do you like American-style food?


I'm glad because now we can diverge.

Used like this 'diverge' means to do something different, not the same as what people did in the past. Notice the following:

  1. We decided to diverge from our normal path.
  2. He diverges a lot when making speeches.


My mom was a seamstress, so she used to make a lot of my costumes.

A 'seamstress' is a person who sews, usually for an occupation. Notice the following:

  1. I designed the dress, but a seamstress made it.
  2. He takes his clothes to a seamstress to get them modified to fit him better.

look like

What did you look like as a goat boy?

The phrase 'look like' refers to someone's appearance and physical characteristics. Notice the following:

  1. My cat looks like a wild animal.
  2. He looks a lot like his mother.