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appeal to • involved • used to
hard-core • proud • constitutes
  1. Your parents must have been that you graduated with honors.
  2. The interview process was very .
  3. What a perfect day for you?
  4. He is about fitness and nutrition.
  5. They want the advertisements to the majority of people.
  6. I don't think I could get sleeping on the floor.
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883 Video Games
Jake talks about his love of video games with Lindsay.

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appeal to

They just don't appeal to me.

Something that 'appeals' to us is something we like or think we might enjoy.  Notice the following:

  1. The thought of skydiving really appeals to me.
  2. Noisy dance clubs just don't appeal to her.


They're getting more and more involving now.

Actually, correct grammar demands the past participle form of involve, so we say more 'involved'.  Something that is 'involved' is complicated or in this case technical.  Notice the following:

  1. Mobile Phone Apps are getting more involved.
  2. My Blackberry is a lot more involved than my last phone.

get used to

I need to get used to it.

To 'get used to' something means to become comfortable with it.  Notice the following:

  1. I'll never get used to touch screens!
  2. It took awhile to get used to my new job.

hard-core gamer

You have to be a hard-core gamer to understand.

'Hard-core' means very serious. It can be positive or negative.  Notice the following:

  1. My dad's a hard-core football fan.
  2. The class meets 8 hours a day for 3 weeks so it's pretty hard-core.

I'm not exactly proud of it

I am, though I'm not exactly proud of it.

To be 'proud' means to be happy with something we are or have done. The opposite is of course, not proud.  Notice the following:

  1. I killed a deer on a hunting trip though I'm not exactly proud of it.
  2. Tom barely passed the TOEFL test, but he isn't exactly proud of his score.


What constitutes a hard core gamer?

When we ask what 'constitutes' something, it's similar to asking for a definition.  Notice the following:

  1. What constitutes a good student is someone who enjoys learning and studies hard.
  2. The definition of a good student is someone who enjoys learning and studies hard.