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historical • main attraction • outskirts
communist era • a mix of
  1. It is really the old and the new.
  2. She likes to go to the coffee shops in the part of town.
  3. What is the that draws people to the eastern United States?
  4. During the there were many financial problems.
  5. Although we live on the of the city, we come downtown at least once a week.
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804 Prague
Anita talks about her home city of Prague and how it is has changed over the years.

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historical

Prague is a very historical city.

A 'historical city' has many old buildings that let us see and learn about how people lived in the past.  Notice the following:

  1. I love to visit historical cities.
  2. Rome is an interesting historical city.

main attraction

The main attraction in Prague is the Prague Castle.

Here, the 'main attraction' is the most interesting building for tourists to see.  Notice the following:

  1. In Paris, the main attraction is of course the Eiffel Tower.
  2. The beaches are the main attraction.

outskirts

There are many beautiful buildings at the outskirts of the city.

The 'outskirts' is the area furthest from the the city center.  Notice the following:

  1. He lives on the outskirts of town.
  2. Most buses travel to the outskirts of town.

communist era

Buildings from the communist era are not very colorful.

The 'communist era' in Czechoslovakia lasted from 1945 - 1989 during which the country lived under communist political rule.  Notice the following:

  1. The communist era was a dark period in our history.
  2. Europe's communist era is fascinating to study.

a mix of

Would you say that your city is a mix of new and old?

'A mix of' things is a combination of many things that together form one group.  Notice the following:

  1. Our school has a great mix of students.
  2. America is an interesting mix of cultures.