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it like • like that • put up
so much time • to spend
  1. They already Valentine's Day decorations at the store.
  2. She spends on the phone that I don't know when she actually works.
  3. What's to finally be married?
  4. How much time do I have on this project?
  5. I think she's a doctor or something .
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840 Christmas Tree
Anja compares Christmas tree traditions with Fred.

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what's it like

What's it like to decorate your Christmas tree in Switzerland?

When we want someone to describe something we ask them, "what's it like?"  Notice the following:

  1. So what's it like to study abroad?
  2. What it's like there?

something like that

I always thought an angel or something like that puts up the Christmas tree.

The phrase 'something like that' has the same meaning as 'something similar'  Notice the following:

  1. Yeah, something like that.
  2. We could get her a shirt or something like that.

put up

Our whole family would gather and put up the Christmas tree.

Here, the two part verb 'put up' is similar in meaning to 'set up'.  Notice the following:

  1. We put up the tree a week before Christmas.
  2. She put up photos of her baby all over her office.

take so much time

A big Christmas tree would take so much time to decorate.

The phrase 'take so much time' means 'a long time'.  Notice the following:

  1. Learning English takes so much time.
  2. Let's find a way that doesn't take so much time.

how much time to spend

Think of how much time you have to spend to decorate it.

Here, 'how much time we spend' doing something describes the amount of time we use time to complete a specific task.  Notice the following:

  1. How much time do you spend studying?
  2. I'm worried about how much time it will take.