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unpredictable • war-torn • escalate
generation • break out
  1. The violence started to after the brawl started.
  2. There are many homeless children in countries.
  3. Fights always at large sporting events .
  4. Weather is so in spring.
  5. This story will be popular for to come.
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Mixer 139 Do you worry about politics or the environment?

Listen to six people share their feelings about what they worry about most.

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unpredictable

I think that' more unpredictable.

If something is unpredictable, that means you it has more than one possible outcome. Notice the following:

  1. The weather is always unpredictable.
  2. In sports, the final score is always unpredictable.

war-torn

I'm never going to go to these countries that are war-torn.

A war-torn area is an area negatively affected by war. Notice the following:

  1. France in WWII was a worn-torn area.
  2. She won awards for her photography of the war-torn area.

escalate

They can escalate very quickly unexpectedly.

We use the word escalate to describe how a bad situation quickly gets worse. Notice the following:

  1. Violence escalated after the football match between the two sets of fans.
  2. The argument between the two people escalated into a fist fight.

generations to come

It will affect generations and generations to come.

A generation is a set of population about the same age. Generations to come are future generations that have not been born yet. Notice the following:

  1. That movie will remembered for generations to come.
  2. Football will still be popular for generations to come.

break out

In the near future, a war can break out.

When a war or fight breaks out, that means it starts unintentionally. Notice the following:

  1. A fight broke out at the school between two gangs.
  2. A riot broke out after the home team lost the hockey game.