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deprived • spontaneity •restrictive
urban sprawl • handed
  1. A good marriage needs to keep it fresh.
  2. The rules at that company are very .
  3. Kids in war-torn countries are very of simple thing.
  4. Rich kids get everthing to them in life.
  5. The city is suffering from .
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Mixer 137 Are Children Spoiled Today?

Listen to six people share their thoughts about children and if they are spoiled or deprived.

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I think children right now are more deprived than spoiled.

When you are deprived of something, that means you do not get something that most others do. Notice the following:

  1. He was deprived on an education, but he still became a successful businessman.
  2. The prisoners were deprived of any contact from the outside world.



Kids are deprived of many things, like creativity or spontaneity or curiosity.

Spontaneity is the ability to do some meaningful action in the moment without planning. Notice the following:

  1. Spontaneity is a great way to keep a relationship fresh.
  2. Teachers us spontaneity to keep students interested.



I think it's very restrictive.

When something is restrictive it limits what you can do. Notice the following:

  1. Food options for vegetarians is very restrictive.
  2. That park is very restrictive. You can't walk on the grass or play sports.

urban sprawl


I think there's this urban sprawl that's happening.

Ubran sprawl is the outward growth of a city. Notice the following:

  1. As the population of the city grew, so did urban sprawl.
  2. Urban sprawl is a big problem in many major cities.

have things handed to


A lot of kids have things handed to them.

When someone gets things handed to them, they get them without having to work for them. Notice the following:

  1. Because he was rich, he was always having things handed to him.
  2. You just can't expect to have things handed to you. You have to earn them.