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as much as • out of • do
therapeutic • big part
  1. I get a lot of pleasure giving gifts.
  2. Floating in the ocean can be .
  3. He does not exercise he used to.
  4. I disagree. I think it is ugly. Only you think it is pretty.
  5. My grandfather was a of my childhood.
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1024 Reading Trends

Monica and Todd continue their discussion about how they read books and the news.

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as much as I used to

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I don’t buy newspapers as much as I used to.

“As much as I used to” compares something you did a lot in the past with something you don’t do very much now. The phrase is always used with a negative word such as “don’t”, “trying not to”, “haven’t”, etc. See the additional examples below:

  1. This year I’m going to try not to eat as much chocolate as I used to.
  2. You don’t take me out to dinner as much as you used to.

I get a lot of enjoyment out of...

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I get a lot of enjoyment out of reading books.

“Getting a lot of enjoyment out of” somethings is when something makes you happy. It is the same as saying, “I enjoy reading books.” Notice the following examples:

  1. I get a lot of enjoyment out of playing with my dog.
  2. My dogs gets a lot of enjoyment out of chasing a stick.

I do listen

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I don’t like technology, but I do listen to e-books on the computer.

“I do listen” is the same as saying “I listen” but adding “do” shows that maybe someone thought that you didn't feel a certain way, so you use 'do' to emphasize it. “Do” can be used with other verbs to clear up doubts that listeners have. Study the examples below:

Conversation 1:

A: Why don’t you ever speak in class?
B: I do speak in class when I’m in small groups, but I’m shy in front of everyone.

Conversation 2:

A: You didn’t bring your lunch today?
B: I did bring my lunch but I already ate it.

therapeutic

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I love e-books because they are very therapeutic.

Therapeutic is the adjective form of the word therapy. If something is therapeutic, it makes you feel better. See the examples below:

  1. Taking a bath when you are stressed out can be very therapeutic.
  2. I took a little therapeutic hike in mountains on the weekend.

a big part to play

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Technology has had a big part to play in how much I do that.

When something has “a big part to play”, it means that it is very important. It wouldn’t be the same without it. Notice that the word “has” goes with this phrase instead of “is”. See below for additional examples:

  1. My music teacher has a big part to play in how much I love music.
  2. The location has a big part to play in the success of a business.
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