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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 .
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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

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

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

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.


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.


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.