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qualities • make an effort • beliefs
best and worst • take the plunge
  1. I plan to and get married.
  2. We do not share the same about politics .
  3. He has many good about him.
  4. You see the of a city at a public sporting event.
  5. Please to come to the party.
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Mixer 132 Living together before marriage

Listen to six people talk about if people should live together before they get married.

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qualities

Before marriage, it's important to confirm those qualities by living together.

Qualities are characteristics about something. Notice the following:

  1. That restaurant has all the qualities of a good eatery: great food, good service, and large portions.
  2. What qualities do you like in a teacher?

make every effort

I think that they should make every effort to know each other.

When you 'make every effort' to do something, that means you do everything you can to make it happen. Notice the following:

  1. I made every effort to get to work on time, but I was still late.
  2. Good students make every effort to do all the homework the teacher gives them.

religious belief

Because of my religious beliefs, I don't think there's a need to live together before marriage.

Religious beliefs are views based on a religion that guide the actions people do in life. Notice the following:

  1. She has very strong religious beliefs. She does not drink, smoke, or work on Sunday.
  2. We are the same religion, but our religious beliefs are different

best and worst

until you've lived with someone, you don't see them at their best and worst

Here 'the best and worst' refers to what is good and bad about something. Notice the following:

  1. After a few beers, you often see the best and worst of people.
  2. The test results showed the best and worst results of all the students.

take that plunge

You should see them in all aspects of life before you take that plunge.

Taking a plunge refers to jumping into water, or in this case, doing something that one is afraid or reluctant to do. Notice the following:

  1. I finally decided to take the plunge and buy a new house.
  2. Last week, I took the plunge and tried karaoke for the first time.