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stereotype • as in • plus
fits • area
  1. I don't think the word friendly really him.
  2. You should wear something more professional, a suit.
  3. We spent three weeks on that proposal.
  4. There are so many that surround immigrants, but most of them aren't true.
  5. He is hoping to move to the marketing at the end of this year.
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873 Average Aussie
Rebecca describes the average Australian in term of work and leisure.

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stereotype

If you had to stereotype an Australian, what would you say?

A 'stereotype' is common belief about a person, culture, religion, etc., that is often negative and not true.  Notice the following:

  1. A common stereotype of Americans is that they all have guns.
  2. That New York is dangerous is just a stereotype.

as in

A stereotypical Australian would be in thongs, as in flip-flops.

We use the phrase 'as in' to clarify meaning.  Notice the following:

  1. I always wear trainers, as in sport shoes, to school.
  2. Mexicans often put hot sauce, as in spicy, on their food.

45 hours plus

I think the figures are 45 hours plus.

Here, the word 'plus' simply means 'more than'.  Notice the following:

  1. My dad works 45 plus hours a week.
  2. My dad works more than 45 hours a week

what area you're working in

It depends on what area you're working in.

Here, we use the word 'area' to talk about what kind of job someone has.  Notice the following:

  1. Her mother is a CEO. She works in the corporate area.
  2. What area are you working in?

Would that fit Australians?

Do you think that would fit Australians?

Something that 'fits' us is a correct statement or opinion about who or what we are.  Notice the following:

  1. "No pain, no gain." Would that fit body builders?
  2. "Honesty is the best policy." Would that fit politicians? Not!