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  1. I was there a month .
  2. The rules to everyone.
  3. I might the class.
  4. I have watched that show for .
  5. From ten years students start doing science.
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1256 Belgium Education

Chris talks about the education system in his country and what he would change.

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ages

It's been ages since I saw him.

This phrase means it has been a long time since something happened. Notice the following:

  1. It has been ages since he had a job.
  2. It's been ages since I visited there.

and a half

When you turn two and a half you go to kindergarten

The phrase 'and a half' mean point-five (.5) in numbers. Notice the following:

  1. He is six and a half.
  2. I was there three and a half weeks.

from ## on

But yeah, that starts from twelve years on.

'From ten years on' means the same as 'beginning at age ten.' Notice the following:

  1. He started smoking from 15 years on.
  2. From noon on there will be free food in the cafe.

apply (the) rule

You just apply that rule and you get the result.

When you apply a rule, you use it or practice it. Notice the following:

  1. He applied the basic rule of weight loss: eat less, do more.
  2. In math you have to apply the rules to learn them.

flunk

If you flunk, you flunk.

When you flunk a course, you fail the course. Notice the following:

  1. I flunked German three times before I passed.
  2. The teacher gave him an 'F' grade for flunking the test.

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