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amazing • besides • ancient
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  1. It's very interesting to study ruins and try to understand what they were used for.
  2. Have you lived in any other houses this one?
  3. She said that this beach is one of the most places she has ever been.
  4. They have had to increase security at the , because there are so many tourists in the city this week.
  5. There are many interesting buildings to see here, because this used to be the .
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734 Great Places
Keren talks about some of the interesting places she has visited in the world.

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the most amazing place

I suppose the most amazing place I went to there was Uhuru.

If somewhere is referred to as 'the most amazing place,' it means that it is very impressive.

Notice the following:

  1. We went to the amazing place on holiday this year.
  2. I think it is the most amazing place in the world.

besides there

Besides there, anywhere else?

'Besides there' means excluding a certain place that has already been talked about in the conversation.

Notice the following:

  1. Besides there, have you visited any other restaurants?
  2. Have you been anywhere else besides there today?

an ancient ruin

Machu Picchu is an ancient ruin of an old Inca town.

An 'ancient ruin' is a building that is very old and of significant religious or historical interest. Usually the building is so old that it has at least partially fallen apart.

Notice the following:

  1. I like to visit all the ancient ruins when I go to a new country.
  2. I think it is an ancient ruin, so we have to be careful not to move anything.


The Alhambra which is the old Muslim capital of Spain.

The 'capital' of a country is the city where much of the administration and the running of the country is carried out.

Notice the following:

  1. I have learned all the capital cities of the world by heart.
  2. Do you know which city is the capital of France?


And there is just one palace or is there many, many palaces?

A 'palace' is a royal residence, meaning the place where a king and queen live now or in the past.

Notice the following:

  1. I would like to go and visit the palace.
  2. The palace was heavily guarded by the police.