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ups and downs • learning • unfortunate move on • turn out
  1. That didn't how I expected at all.
  2. It was a good experience for him to live on his own.
  3. I know you miss him, but you need to accept it and .
  4. We experienced many mishaps on our road trip.
  5. They have survived a lot of in their relationship.
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846 Shibika's Year
Shibika gives a recap on the highs and lows of this past year.

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a lot of ups and downs

I went through a lot of ups and downs.

The phrase 'ups and downs' means positive and negative experiences.  Notice the following:

  1. I experienced a lot of ups and downs while traveling.
  2. Everyone experiences ups and downs in life.

a very good learning experience

It was a very good learning experience.

We can learn something from both positive and negative experiences.  Notice the following:

  1. My trip abroad was a very good learning experience.
  2. It was a difficult but very good learning experience.

unfortunate mishappenings

I was not scared of unfortunate mishappenings.

Something that is 'unfortunate' is negative , and actually, the correct form of the noun that follows is 'mishap'. A mishap is a small problem.  Notice the following:

  1. It was an unfortunate mishap.
  2. The project experienced several unfortunate mishaps.

accept them and move on

You just got to accept them and move on.

When we experience problems that we can't change, we must continue as best we can.  Notice the following:

  1. The results were poor, but we had to accept them and move on.
  2. I think we should just accept them and move on.

it didn't turn out to be that bad

It didn't turn out to be that bad because I watched TV.

We use the phrase 'It didn't turn out to be that bad' when negative results are not as serious as expected.  Notice the following:

  1. She was worried about her TOIEC score, but it didn't turn out to be that bad.
  2. I was worried about meeting my girlfriend's parents, but It didn't turn out to be that bad.