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772 Good Ole' England

Mark gives recommendations on where to go when on holiday in England.

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obviously

Obviously, most people should visit London.

When something is 'obvious,' it means that it is never in question. It is something that most people should know or understand.

Notice the following:

  1. It is obvious that I should have won the race.
  2. Obviously she dyes her hair. Her hair cannot be naturally pink.

wait a minute

Wait a minute, you're saying that people should visit it but you don't like it.

Used like this, 'wait a minute' is used to pause a conversation after someone has made a comment that you don't understand or are surprised about.

Notice the following:

  1. If you wait a minute then we can all go together.
  2. I asked her to wait an minute, and she sat in the car until I was ready.

just to say you've been

They should visit it because you have to go once to see all the famous places such as Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, just to say you've been.

'Just to say you've been' refers, in this instance, to being able to tell other people that you have visited somewhere.

Notice the following:

  1. You have to go to the main tourist attractions, just to say you've been there.
  2. I would like to have a look at the palace and get a postcard, just to say I've been.

inspiration

The writer, Beatrice Potter, she was born in the Lake District, so that's how she got her inspiration.

When something or someone is an 'inspiration,' it means that it/they have motivated and made you enthusiastic about doing something.

Notice the following:

  1. I find that a lot of sports stars can be an inspiration to young people.
  2. I was very flattered, as she said that I was an inspiration to her.

a bed-and-breakfast

So if you go to the Lake District, now are you talking about camping or do you stay in a bed-and-breakfast?

A 'bed-and-breakfast' is a type of informal hotel that is often run by a family. They offer their guests a room and breakfast when the stay overnight.

Notice the following:

  1. I have always wanted to go to a traditional bed-and-breakfast.
  2. Her parents run a bed-and-breakfast in the Lake District in England.

 

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