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new album out • controversial • relates back • permission • deep
  1. That question is a little too for me right now.  I'm very tired.
  2. I really want to go with you, but I'll have to ask my parents for .
  3. He will have a next month.
  4. Many people avoid talking about topics like religion and politics with their family.
  5. That statement to my previous point about the importance of a good education.
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985 Organ Donation
Greg discuss the dilemma yet vital topic of organ donation.

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a new book out


So, Greg, you have a new book out.

A new book is written then published. When it arrives in bookstores, we say there is a new book out.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm going to surf Amazon to see if there are any interesting new books out.
  2. The world's best selling book writer, the late Agatha Christie, hasn't had a new book out in over 30 years.

controversial aspects


There are a lot of controversial aspects to the book.

When we discuss a topic that people have strong feelings about, we say the topic is controversial. Here, 'aspects' means parts; as in controversial parts of something. Notice the samples:

  1. There are controversial aspects to the new national health plan.
  2. The Prime Minister avoided discussing controversial aspects of her economic strategy.

relating back


Relating back to the question of controversy.

When we relate back to something, we return to an earlier topic in the conversation. Here are some samples:

  1. Relating back to the first question, I think the answer is yes.
  2. Why he joined Real Madrid relates back to the first question; why did he leave Liverpool?

give permission


They must give permission for the body parts to be used.

When we give permission to do something that means it is OK. Notice the sample sentences:

  1. My dad gave me permission to use his car on Saturday.
  2. Permission has been given to hold the festival on the school's football field.

That's pretty deep


Controversial stuff. That's pretty deep.

Here, 'deep' means strong feelings we have about serious experiences in our lives or just serious topics in general. Here are two samples:

  1. She talked about losing her father at an early age. That's pretty deep.
  2. In class today we talked about the origin of man. Everyone from different cultures, and religions had different opinions. It was pretty deep and controversial.