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compliments • few years • idea
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  1. She has gotten lots of on her new haircut.
  2. He has been out of the country most of the last .
  3. Many name brand clothes are more expensive, but they do .
  4. Most girls your age have at least an in mind about where they would like to go to school.
  5. Any of the books in this area are , so you can just take what you want.
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693 Making Jewelry
Adrienne talks about making her own jewelry and how she got started.

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I must compliment you because you have the nicest jewelry.

When you give someone a 'compliment' you say something nice about them. Notice the following:

  1. Compliments really do make people feel good.
  2. It's really hard to get any type of compliment from him.

the last few years

I make some of them, and it's kind of a hobby of mine that just developed in the last few years.

The 'last few years' refers to the most recent couple of years, maybe three years ago until now. Notice the following:

  1. I haven't seen you much in the last few years.
  2. You have grown a lot in the last few years.

an idea in mind

Usually, I have an idea in mind, like a color scheme.

When you have 'an idea in mind,' it means that you have thought about it and you have a general plan for something that you would like to do. Notice the following:

  1. If you don't have any idea in mind about what to expect, then you won't be surprised or disappointed.
  2. Do you have an idea in mind where you would like to live?


I decided to fix a few pieces that had been lying in my closet untouched for a long time.

Something 'untouched' hasn't been used or worn, in this case, for a long time. You can also use 'untouched' to describe something that has never been used or worn. Notice the following:

  1. All of the things on that shelf have been untouched for years.
  2. Most of the land in this area is still untouched.

last longer

I recommend thin wire just because it lasts longer and it's stronger.

How long something 'lasts' is the amount of time it maintains usefulness. When something 'lasts longer' it means that it is useful for more time than something similar. Notice the following:

  1. People usually buy children's clothes a little big so they will last longer when the kids continue to grow.
  2. Food with preservatives lasts longer than organic food, but it doesn't taste as good.