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  1. Let's go to a restaurant for dinner. There's no food in the house, and I don't feel like shopping.
  2. All of the in this company are hard-working and professional.
  3. There is no reason for you to be this angry.
  4. My uncle was crying when he gave his daughter .
  5. It's a real to receive an award like that.
  6. My next-door just got a really cute new dog.
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668 Wedding Day
James talks about his sister's wedding in England and the days events.

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give her away

My sister's wedding was in a small village, and I was giving her away.

At a wedding, the bride's family usually 'gives her away' to the groom. It is a way of saying that the groom has the blessing to marry the bride, and that she is now his responsibility. Notice the following:

  1. I always cry at weddings when the father gives the daughter away.
  2. At the beginning of the wedding, the bride's family gives her away.

absolutely

My sister looked absolutely stunning at her wedding.

'Absolutely' has the same meaning as 'completely.' Notice the following:

  1. He has absolutely no extra time today.
  2. The view from the top of the mountain is absolutely incredible.

whatsoever

It rained all day but it made no difference whatsoever.

When something 'makes no difference whatsoever,' it 'makes no difference at all.' The fact that it rained all day did not have an effect on whether it was a good or bad day. Notice the following:

  1. Do you have any idea whatsoever about where we are now?
  2. I don't want you to do anything whatsoever. Just sit here and relax.

next-door neighbors

The next-door neighbors did all the food for the wedding.

Your 'next-door neighbors' are the people who live in the the houses on either side of your house. Notice the following:

  1. How well do you know your next-door neighbors?
  2. The next-door neighbors had a big party last night, and it was really difficult to sleep.

caterers

These people who did the food were caterers, so the food was magnificent.

'Caterers' are people who prepare and serve food at an event. Notice the following:

  1. We are hiring caterers for the party, so we don't have to worry about that.
  2. Working as a caterer is a great job for a college student.

honor

My sister chose me to give her away, so that was a real big honor to do.

Something that is an 'honor' to do is a privilege. You feel special, because you get to do it. Notice the following:

  1. What an honor to finally meet you in person.
  2. It truly was an honor to have you come today.