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situated • the fact • altogether
surrounding • due to
  1. There is lots of nature in the area.
  2. There are three vacation packages.
  3. My house is near a river.
  4. We left early due to that we had work the next day .
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1269 Hometown Critique

Vesna talks about what she likes and dislikes about her town in Croatia.

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It is situated in the Istrian peninsula.

'Situated' expresses that something exists in a certian place. Notice the following:

  1. There are many trees situated on campus.
  2. My house is situated on a hill.

the fact that

What I like about Pula is the fact that it's perfectly sized.

We use the phrase 'the fact that' to bring extra attention to what is being said. Notice the following:

  1. I love the fact that it is free.
  2. She hates the fact that we have to wear a uniform.


Altogether I really love living here.

'Altogether' shows the combined affect of a group of items. Notice the following:

  1. There are altogether 30 people in class.
  2. I run, dance, and swim. Altogether, they help me stay very fit.


You can take a field trip to the surrounding places.

The surrounding area is the area that circles an area. Notice the following:

  1. There are many farm in the surrounding area.
  2. We have lots of parks in the surrounding area.

due to

We have a traffic problem due to some construction projects.

'Due to' means 'because of' and shows the cause of something. Notice the following:

  1. We cancelled the game due to the rain.
  2. She quit her job due to the long hours she had to work.