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compulsory • ashamed • tiny
 significant • shocked
  1. I am not to say that I have never smoked a cigarette.
  2. After he was arrested he had to attend weekly meetings.
  3. Who is the most person in your life?
  4. She was that they offered her the job.
  5. I can't wear this dress.  It's !
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907 The Big Drop
Jade from Korea talks about how he lost a lot of weight in the army.

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We have compulsory service in the army for two years.

When something is compulsory that means we must do it.  Note the following:

  1. It is compulsory for all students to take math.
  2. Army service is compulsory for all young adult males.

ashamed to say

I am ashamed to say this but I weighed 117 kilograms before.

The phrase 'ashamed to say' means we are embarrassed to talk about something we have or have not done.  Note the following:

  1. I am ashamed to say that I only speak one language.
  2. She was ashamed to say that she had never left her hometown.


You're tiny. How much do you weigh now?

The word tiny means very thin or small.  Note the following:

  1. His waist is tiny.
  2. The baby has tiny fingers.


It was a very significant time and very precious time to me.

Something significant has important or special meaning.  Note the following:

  1. High school was a significant time in my life.
  2. His gift was small but it was significant.


People must have been shocked?

The word shocked means very, very surprised.  Note the following:

  1. We were shocked to lose the game.
  2. They were shocked to find out their teacher was married.