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fate • unbiased • invaluable
 pass away • dread
  1. He taught me many lessons.
  2. I seeing my mother-in-law.
  3. It is important to have an opinion about this.
  4. How long ago did your dog ?
  5. It's that we saw each other here.
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941 Dancer the Dog
Greg talks about his dog and how get him and what makes him special.

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fate

It was fate. Destiny.

Fate is power that some believe controls what happens in our lives.  Note the following:

  1. My wife and I met on vacation. It was fate.
  2. It was fate that I got fired and then started my own company.

unbiased

I'm very unbiased about my dog.

The word 'unbiased' means to judge things fairly, not by our own opinions.  Note the following:

  1. Police need to be unbiased when investigating crimes.
  2. It is hard for teachers to be unbiased towards cheery students.

invaluable

Is your dog invaluable?

We use the word 'invaluable' to talk about people or things that are very useful or important to us.  Note the following:

  1. The internet is now an invaluable resource that cannot be replaced.
  2. His contribution to the company is invaluable.

pass away

Some day he will pass away.

'Pass away' means to die.  We use it because it sounds softer and more repectful than 'die'.  Note the following:

  1. Sadly, his grandfather recently passed away.
  2. My friend cannot come because his aunt recently passed away.

dread

When he dies I will dread it.

'Dread' is a strong feeling of worry about something bad happening.  Note the following:

  1. I dread taking tests.
  2. Most people dread filing their taxes.