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pretty much • reasonable • yep
patriotic • raise his kids
  1. The flag on your car is very .
  2. He wanted to to be bilingual.
  3. , we are going there this weekend .
  4. It was a solution to the problem.
  5. The turkey is finished cooking.  Only a few more minutes.
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801 Finland
Mariel talks about her country of Finland.

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pretty much

Pretty much right in the middle.

The term 'pretty much' is similar in meaning 'almost'.  Notice the following:

  1. It's pretty much finished.
  2. It's almost finished.

reasonable size

It's a reasonable size city.

When something is reasonable, that means we are happy with it or it is acceptable.  Notice the following:

  1. That's a reasonable price.
  2. He's a reasonable guy.

Yep

Yep, mainly Europe.

'Yep' simply means 'yes'.  It is informal and used more frequently in spoken rather than written English.  Notice the following:

  1. Yep, I agree.
  2. Yep, It is.

patriotic

Finnish people are very patriotic.

People who are patriotic love their country.  Notice the following:

  1. Younger people seem less patriotic.
  2. My dad's really patriotic.

raise your kids

It's good to raise your kids in Finland..

To 'raise your kids' means to take care of them as they grow up.  Notice the following:

  1. It's expensive to raise kids these days.
  2. I could never raise kids on my salary.