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as such • wouldn't say • hanging off
sensed • suburban life
  1. I that I know the city well, but I do live in this area.
  2. After years of living in the city he enjoyed the quiet .
  3. From the way he slammed the door I that he was frustrated.
  4. The little monkey was a tree branch and looking at us.
  5. He's not a miracle worker , but he does give excellent massages.
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994 Farm Life
Todd and Monica discuss the allure of life on the farm.

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as such

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I haven’t lived on a farm as such.

The phrase ‘as such’ functions similarly to the word ‘but’ and can often be omitted. Notice the following:

  1. I’m not a professional musician as such, but I’ve played drums at many school parties.
  2. I’m not a professional musician, but I’ve played drums at many school parties.

I wouldn’t say that

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An equestrian professional? I wouldn’t say that.

We use the phrase ‘I wouldn’t say that’ when something is not 100% true. Here are two samples:

  1. I wouldn’t say I’m fluent in English as such, but most native speakers understand me.
  2. I love History and I studied it in college, but am I an expert? I wouldn’t say that.

hanging off

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I was hanging off the side.

When somebody or something is 'hanging off', it is attached from above with no support from below. Notice the samples:

  1. As the fire raged, people were hanging off the outside of the building.
  2. My neighbor always hangs her laundry off the balcony.

sense the danger

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I just didn’t sense the danger.

When we sense something we have a feeling about it, but we don’t know exactly why. Here are some samples:

  1. Jogging through the park at night, I didn’t sense the danger people often speak of.
  2. Judging by her silence, he sensed his teacher was annoyed.

suburban life

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I enjoy suburban life and living.

The suburbs are an area just outside the city. There are a lot of houses and small apartments, but not many tall buildings. Life there is very different from city life. Notice the sample sentences:

  1. For me, suburban life is boring and far from places I like to hang out at.
  2. Suburban life is great for families. It’s quieter and safer than the city.
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