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framework • handout • party
incentives • somewhat
  1. The company offers a number of to keep sales going.
  2. I am going to give you a that has all of the irregular verbs listed.
  3. This weekend you shouldn't think about your problems. You should just and have fun.
  4. I agree with you , but I don't think most students would see the situation like that.
  5. This is a college preparation course, so we don't really have a of homework.
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794 Homework debate

Fred and Todd debate whether students should do homework in university.

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a framework of homework

They should not be told how they should study by giving them a framework of homework.

A 'framework of homework' means that there is a defined schedule of home study and guidelines for how a student should be studying.

Notice the following:

  1. When you are at college, they do not give you a framework of homework.
  2. I need a framework of homework to make sure that I get everything done on time.


They shouldn't actually have to do a handout and turn it in every day.

A 'handout' is a printed worksheet or a sheet of paper that contains information and is given to each student in the class.

Notice the following:

  1. The teacher asked me to give out the handouts today.
  2. Did we get any handouts at school today?

they'll just party and have fun

I don't think they'll study at all - they'll just party and have fun.

'They'll just party and have fun' means that they will put the emphasis on enjoying themselves, rather than studying.

Notice the following:

  1. I think they are really looking forward to going to college, as they think that they'll just party and have fun.
  2. Do you think they will actually get any serious work done, or do you think they'll just party and have fun?


The assignment would count for a certain percentage and then that would give the incentive to the students to do it.

An 'incentive' is something that encourages you to get something done.

Notice the following:

  1. I need an incentive to do my homework.
  2. Not failing my exams is a good enough incentive for me to study hard.

I agree with you somewhat

That's a good point, I agree with you somewhat.

'I agree with you somewhat' means that you partially have the same opinion as someone.

Notice the following:

  1. I agree with you somewhat, but I still think that I am right about the color of the curtains.
  2. She says that she agrees with me somewhat, but that are a few things that she still needs to discuss with me.



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