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in terms of • tendency • hard to say
rural areas • able to keep
  1. It's what the weather will be like in April.
  2. Although she became very famous she was most of her old friends.
  3. He has a to not tell the whole truth.
  4. of work, I would say that I'm happy.
  5. On the weekends they travel to the to get away from the city.
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975 Mexico City
Katia talks to Enam about the biggest city in Mexico and her hometown.

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in terms of


Prices are increasing in terms of real estate.

When we talk about a big topic like Mexico City, that includes many smaller topics like size, food, culture, transportation, etc.  We use the phrase 'in terms of ' to focus on the part we want. Note the following:

  1. Bangkok in terms of food and culture is amazing.
  2. Bangkok in terms of transportation is not so good. The traffic is terrible.

a tendency


There's always a tendency to over eat on holiday.

'A tendency' is what people usually do in a situation. Here are two samples:

  1. I have a tendency to wait until the night before an exam to study.
  2. In western countries, there's always a tendency to overeat during the holiday season.

hard to say


It's very hard to say.

When we're not sure about something and we need to guess, we use the phrase 'it's hard to say'. Notice the samples:

  1. It's hard to say but it looks like the economy will finally improve this year.
  2. Chelsea looks set to win the Premier League this year, but it's hard to say.

rural areas


They are found in the rural areas.

Rural areas are far outside the city. There usually aren't many people, buildings or roads. Here are two samples:

  1. The country side is still a very rural undeveloped area.
  2. It's difficult to find doctors to work in rural areas of the country.

able to keep


I have been able to keep it for ten years.

The world changes very fast but sometimes we are able to keep parts of our traditional culture. Notice the sample sentences:

  1. Modern tech-crazy Japanese have been able to keep much of their traditional culture.
  2. Central Paris has been able to keep much of its old world charm.