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stay-at-home • socializes • interact
look • practical
  1. She mostly with her work friends now.
  2. It is interesting to watch babies with the world when they are first born.
  3. After her first child was born, she quit her job and was a mom.
  4. When she was growing up, she always had to after her younger brothers.
  5. Electric and solar powered cars are very for people who live in the city.
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476 Stay-at-Home Parents
Ruth and Akane debate stay-at-home parents.

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stay-at-home parents

What do you think about stay-at-home parents?

A 'stay-at-home parent' doesn't work outside the house and cares for the children. Notice the following:

  1. She was a stay-at-home mom for years before her kids moved out.
  2. Stay-at-home dads are becoming more common nowadays.


Generally, they don't know how to socialize with other people except for their parents.

People 'socialize' when they interact and communicate with each other in an informal manner. Notice the following:

  1. He spends too much time socializing in class and not enough time working.
  2. You should really try to go out and socialize this weekend. You spend too much time at home.


They're really not given the opportunity to interact with different people.

When two things or people 'interact,' they come into contact with one another. When you talk about an 'interaction' between two people, you are usually referring to a conversation. Notice the following:

  1. My dog is not used to interacting with other dogs.
  2. Interacting with new people always makes her nervous.

look after

I think children could get those same experiences from different people who look after them.

If you 'look after' something or somebody, you care for it. Notice the following:

  1. I think she is old enough to look after herself now.
  2. We are looking after the neighbor's dog for the week.


It's not always practical for people who don't have much money to do that.

'Practical' can usually be replaced with 'useful' or 'possible.' Notice the following:

  1. Having two cars is more practical, but we can't afford it right now.
  2. Her solutions are creative but not always practical.