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everybody knows • down by • baby blue
I've heard • advanced
  1. We will meet you the baseball fields.
  2. That sweater looks great with your eyes.
  3. that Michael Jackson was the king of pop music.
  4. You can tell by the architecture that they were very people.
  5. that this is his best book yet.
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885 Beaches
Diego and Rebecca compare beach life and tourist attractions in their countries.

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everybody knows that

Rebecca says everybody knows that Australia has beautiful beaches.

We use the phrase 'everybody knows that' to talk about a fact that's very well known.  Notice the following:

  1. Everybody knows that speaking English well takes a long time.
  2. Everybody knows that Hawaii has the best waves for surfing.

down by

We have really nice beaches down by the Caribbean.

'Down by' means near a place or a thing.  Notice the following:

  1. My apartment is down by the river.
  2. Let's try that new coffee shop down by the train station.

baby blue

The Ocean is baby blue.

Baby blue simply means light blue.  Notice the following:

  1. As a kid, my bedroom was painted baby blue.
  2. Baby blue is her favorite color.

I've heard that

I've heard that it's the biggest one in the world.

We hear information from other people, radio, TV, the internet, etc.  Notice the following:

  1. I've heard that the weather in LA is nice in the winter.
  2. I've heard that's it's a difficult course.

advanced people

They were very advanced people.

Here, 'advanced people means a past civilization that was more modern than others at the time.  Notice the following:

  1. Prior to the 19th century, the Chinese were perhaps the most advanced people.
  2. We find past examples of advanced people in many cultures.