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loads • escape • big
 half the fun • figure out
  1. She takes long showers to from her children.
  2. I can't how to open this  briefcase.
  3. Is country music really here?
  4. of going on vacation is buying presents for people.
  5. I have of homework to do tonight.
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944 Valentine's Around the World
Mel and Doron discuss various Valentine experiences

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loads and loads

Students always give their teachers loads and loads of chocolate.

'Loads and loads' means a very large amount or number of something.  Note the following:

  1. I have loads and loads of laundry to do.
  2. We ate loads and loads of food at the party.


I went to Korea to escape Valentine's Day.

Here, 'escape' means to avoid something.  Note the following:

  1. I plan to escape to the countryside this weekend.
  2. We escaped the holiday crowds by staying home.

big in

When I was a kid, Valentine's Day was big in school.

We use the phrase 'big in' to talk about someone or something that is or was very popular in a place or time.  Note the following:

  1. Jazz music is big in Japan.
  2. Tight blue jeans were big in my high school days.

half the fun

Guessing who sent the card is half the fun.

We enjoy certain activiies for many reasons.  The phrase 'Half the fun' means one of the big reasons.   Note the following:

  1. Seeing people's faces as they open gifts is half the fun.
  2. Being able to relax in the kitchen is half the fun of cooking.

figure out

You have to figure it out.

When we figure something out that means after careful thinking,  we solve a problem .  Note the following:

  1. I can't figure out how to use this remote control.
  2. I can't show you how to do everything. You just have to figure it out yourself.