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prolific • lived out of • days gone by
hygiene • necessities
  1. Seeing him again made me think about .
  2. I want you to only bring the with you. We don't have a lot of space in the car
  3. He went from being a very lazy person to a athlete.
  4. She her car for a while before she got a record contract.
  5. He has really poor personal .
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Johnathan talks about how his luggage has changed over the years.

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prolific traveler

Jonathan, you are the most prolific traveler I have ever met.

A 'prolific traveler' spends most of his time traveling around the world.  Notice the following:

  1. After college, he became a prolific traveler.
  2. Wow, that old suitcase must belong to a prolific traveler.

live out of a suitcase

How do you live out of a suitcase?

When we 'live out of a suitcase,' that means we carry everything we own.  Notice the following:

  1. My trip was fun, but I hated living out of a suitcase.
  2. They lived out of a suitcase for a month in Europe last summer.

days gone by

I don't need to carry souvenirs of days gone by.

We use the phrase 'days gone by' to talk about the past.  Notice the following:

  1. In days gone by, people communicated by post.
  2. My grandfather often speaks of days gone by.

personal hygiene

A lack of personal hygiene.

'Personal hygiene' means the way we keep ourselves and things around us clean.  Notice the following:

  1. In many jobs, personal hygiene is a safety issue.
  2. Poor personal hygiene got him kicked out of the dorm.


I buy the necessities.

'Necessities' are daily things we need in order to live.  Notice the following:

  1. They only have enough money to buy the necessities.
  2. I shop for necessities once a month.