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going out • settle • developed
jaded • smoggy
  1. Some days the city is so that everything looks grey.
  2. After nearly ten years of travel, he finally decided to down near his hometown.
  3. I need to stop so much, because I spend too much money.
  4. The whole experience of being robbed must have made you very about traveling alone.
  5. He was kind of a wild teenager, but he into a very responsible man.
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573 Canadian Town

Rina talks about her town in Canada.

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go out

Once I was able to start going out and going to dances and things like that I loved it.

'Going out' refers to going to a place to be social.  This can be dance clubs, social events, parties or bars.  Notice the following:

  1. I am going with my friends tonight.
  2. You can't go out tonight, because you have an important meeting early tomorrow morning.

settle down

When you go back and you settle down and you live in Canada, do you want to live in Saskatchewan?

When you choose a place to live and start to make a life there you are 'settling down.'  This usually implies a house or apartment, a job, a car, and other things that indicate a commitment to a place.  We also use this to talk about marriage.  Notice the following:

  1. They settled down in the same town where he grew up.
  2. All of his friends are settling down, but he is still like a teenager.

develop

I've developed a lot more since I was that age.

To 'develop' is to become more mature and responsible, more like an adult.  Notice the following:

  1. She hasn't developed a bit in ten years.
  2. He was a very bad child, but he developed into a respectful and kind man.

jaded

Because I'm a little jaded.

If you are 'jaded' about something, you feel negative about it, either because you exhausted or worn out by it or because you are skeptical of the outcome.  Notice the following:

  1. Don't be so jaded.  The city isn't dangerous, you just have bad luck. 
  2. I'm feeling a bit jaded by my first experience at salsa lessons.  I don't know if I'll go again.

smoggy

It looked so busy and smoggy.

A place that is 'smoggy' has a lot of pollution and looks cloudy or foggy from the contamination in the air.  Notice the following:

  1. After the car race was over, the air was very smoggy and everyone was coughing.
  2. The city was so smoggy that you could barely see ten feet in front of the car.

 

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