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in that way • overcrowded • around
on the contrary • favors
  1. There were 150 people at the wedding.
  2. The bus and subway can be very when people are coming home from work.
  3. I work from my home, so I control my schedule.
  4. Most of the time the weather's great, but it can rain for days during the wet season.
  5. My cat any place there is sun.
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295 Paris
Rapheal talks about Paris.

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in that way

In Paris, you can go anywhere by walking; it's nice in that way.

You can use the phrase 'in that way' to show you are talking about a specific characteristic of a place or person and not speaking in general terms. Notice the following:

  1. He's always on time, so in that way he's a good employee.
  2. There is always something interesting happen, so in that way it is exciting.

overcrowded

The inner city's population is only one million, so it's not overcrowded at all.

If a place is 'overcrowded' there are too many people to move around comfortably. Notice the following:

  1. It can get a little overcrowded in this bar when there is live music.
  2. This coffee shop is always loud and overcrowded.

around

In France, the cheapest restaurant you can find is fifteen Euro, which is around two thousand Yen.

When we give a number that is not exact just to give a general idea we use the word 'around.' It is an approximate number. Notice the following:

  1. The average salary is around $3,000 per month here.
  2. We need you to be here around ten AM.

on the contrary

The food is expensive in France; but on the contrary, the cinema is really cheap.

'On the contrary' is used to introduce information that is the opposite of what is being discussed or is different from what people would assume. Notice the following:

  1. He is an extremely tall man, but on the contrary his wife is very short.
  2. On the contrary, traveling by train is really relaxing.

favored

Sports is favored in Paris when you are a student.

Something that is 'favored' is preferred or considered very important.  Notice the following:

  1. My parents have always favored my younger brother.
  2. The teacher definitely favors the smart students in the class.