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minority • suspicious • nervous
ordinary • as you said
  1. She always gets and edgy before a first date.
  2. It might seem crazy that she returned your wallet without stealing from it, but that is what good citizens do here.
  3. There are, , many different ways to do this.
  4. Most of the people who live in this area are members of groups.
  5. After he got caught for smoking, his parents were more about everything that he did.
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576 Police in America

Nitya asks Todd how people feel about the police in America.

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minority groups

Minority groups, blacks or African Americans and Hispanic people, Asian people sometimes don't trust the police.

'Minority groups' are groups of people who are in the racial, religious or ethnic minority where they live.  Notice the following:

  1. There are many stereotypes that exist about minority groups.
  2. He joined a club for minority groups to find friends with the same religious background.

they're more suspicious

They're more suspicious and as a result sometimes bad things happen.

'To be more suspicious' is to really think that something bad is going to happen and look at people like they are going to attack you.  Notice the following:

  1. After the robbery, they are more suspicious of strange people in the neighborhood.
  2. You need to be more suspicious, because not everyone in the world is honest.

nervous and edgy

The police are always nervous and edgy around them.

To be 'nervous and edgy' is to be worried and jumpy around certain people, feeling like something bad is going to happen.  Notice the following:

  1. You make me nervous and edgy around you.  Don't look at me like that.
  2. I was nervous and edgy when I was lying to my parents.

a good ordinary citizen

The police might use violence against them, or suspect that they are criminals, when they are just a good ordinary citizen.

'A good ordinary citizen' is a normal person who follows the laws and doesn't make trouble.  Notice the following:

  1. She was always a good ordinary citizen and was never involved in any gangs.
  2. After he was released from prison,. he tried to be a good ordinary citizen.

as you said

It depends on the city, as you said.

You can use the phrase 'as you said' to repeat what someone said earlier in the conversation.  Notice the following:

  1. Nobody wants to feel like a criminal when they are innocent, as she said.
  2. As he said before, racial profiling causes problems.

 

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