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industrialized • closed • distant
trauma • extinguish
  1. She's very about her feelings, but it doesn't bother her when other people talk about theirs.
  2. We are trying to the issue now, before it becomes a big problem.
  3. It must have been strange for you to move back to an  country after so many years living in the jungle.
  4. She feels very from her life and friends back home.
  5. This kind of behavior is usually the result of that happened early in life.
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575 Crime in America

Nitiya asks about crime in the U.S.

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I think it happens in all industrialized countries.

An 'industrialized country' is one that has technology and is able to manufacture products using modern machines.  Notice the following:

  1. The industrialized part of the city was where everyone worked.
  2. After the city industrialized, life became very expensive.


Families live in these really closed units, mother, father, children, and that's it.

In this example, 'closed' implies that there is not a lot of interaction with extended family.  These families are independent units and not open to or close with other members of the family.  Notice the following:

  1. She is a very closed person and never tells anyone about her past.
  2. When I moved to a new school I felt that all of the students were very closed towards me.

feel distant from

They feel distant from society.

If you 'feel distant from something,' you feel far away from it either physically or emotionally.  Notice the following:

  1. Don't you feel distant from civilization living out in the country?
  2. He has been very quiet recently, and I feel distant from him.


They have some type of trauma and that psychologically effects them.

A 'trauma' is a bad experience that causes psychological problems for a person.  Notice the following:

  1. The trauma of losing their daughter caused serious problems for them.
  2. She has a serious fear of small spaces as a result of a childhood trauma.


You should never extinguish life.

To put an end to something is to 'extinguish' it.  In the example, it refers to ending someone's life.  We also use this work to talk about fires.  Notice the following:

  1. The men extinguished the fire, but the house was badly destroyed.
  2. The project was extinguished before we even started.


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