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amazingly • how come • complicated
primary • consumption
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887 The Economy
Fanny asks Brian why the Canadian economy is doing so well these days.

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It's been amazingly strong

It's been amazingly strong in the last few months.

The word 'amazingly' is similar in meaning to 'very, very'. We use it when we are surprised.  Notice the following:

  1. The new iPad is amazingly easy to use.
  2. New Zealand is an amazingly beautiful country.

how come?

Fanny asks how come the Canadian dollar is strong.

The question 'How come?' means the same thing as 'Why?'  Notice the following:

  1. How come you want to go home already?
  2. Mark looks sad today. I wonder how come?

Without getting too complicated

Without getting too complicated, the dollar is linked to a lot of industries.

Something that is 'complicated' is difficult to understand.  Notice the following:

  1. These instructions are complicated!
  2. The political problems in the Middle East are really complicated.

primary industries

The primary industries are things like oil, mining or timber.

The word 'primary' is similar in meaning to 'main'.  Notice the following:

  1. The primary export of Vietnam is rice.
  2. The primary product they eat here is corn.


Resources are decreasing because of consumption.

'Consumption' means how much of something, for example, food, oil, timber (wood) people use.  Notice the following:

  1. Global oil consumption is rising.
  2. We studied consumption in Economics class today. It was a little complicated.