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Vocabulary Quiz
overall • actually • opposite extreme
whereas • outweigh
  1. She eats a lot of sweets, he prefers salty foods.
  2. It is frustrating work sometimes, but I think the positives the negatives.
  3. What did you think of the hotel ?
  4. I couldn't believe it.  There was a pool in the living room.
  5. She is very moody.  She goes from really happy to the .
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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820 City vs Country
Michele is from a small town. She talks about adjusting to life in a big city.

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I think overall

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Overall it was good to live in a small town.

The term 'overall' is similar in meaning to 'generally speaking'.  Notice the following:

  1. Somethings I didn't know, but overall the test was easy.
  2. Overall, they had no complaints.

there was actually

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There was actually a movie theater.

Here, the phrase 'there was actually' is used to show surprise at finding something unusual.  Notice the following:

  1. There was actually a McDonald's restaurant on the island.
  2. I couldn't believe there was nobody home.

opposite extreme

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Tokyo is the opposite extreme.

We use the term 'opposite extreme' to describe something that is very different from something else.  Notice the following:

  1. The weather in Singapore is the opposite extreme to Vancouver.
  2. Sometimes I need to experience the opposite extreme.

whereas

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I could get information, whereas in a big town it's different.

Here, the word 'whereas' is similar in meaning to 'but'.  Notice the following:

  1. It's cool in the north, whereas in the south it's really hot.
  2. He likes to sleep late, whereas I usually get up early.

outweighs

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The friendliness outweighs the privacy issues.

When one thing 'outweighs' another, it is more important.  Notice the following:

  1. The fun outweighs the danger.
  2. The convenience outweighs the cost.