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  1. California is for beautiful people.
  2. It is always really right after it rains.
  3. that is definitely a better job.
  4. Some are true for some people.
  5. He will go the economy to anyone who will listen.
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37 England and Japan
Clare is from England but works in Japan. She compares the two countries.

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Price-wise, England and Japan are similar.

When you compare two things or places 'price-wise' you are comparing them in terms of the cost of things and life.  We can use the word '-wise' after a noun to show that we are referring to that particular characteristic.  Notice the following:

  1. It's better to go that way distance-wise.
  2. Weather-wise I preferred living on the beach.

renowned (to be)

British people are renowned to be very polite.

If a group of people or a place is 'renowned' to be or for something in particular this aspect is very well known.  We can replace this phrase with 'considered to be' or 'known to be.'  Notice the following:

  1. That road is renowned to be very dangerous.
  2. Thailand is renowned to have beautiful beaches.

go on about

My parents were going on about how they think there's going to be a drought.

When someone 'goes on about' something they continuing talking about the topic.  Notice the following:

  1. He can go on about plants for hours.
  2. She just went on and on about her new boyfriend.

stereotype or at the minute

The British stereotype of the weather is not true at the minute.

A 'stereotype' is a common idea about a place or a group of people.  When we use the phrase 'at the minute' we are showing that we are referring to the conditions or situation right now.  Notice the following:

  1. The stereotype about Americans being loud is generally true.
  2. What are you doing at the minute?

(more) humid

It's definitely much more humid here than at home.

A place is 'humid' if there is a lot of moisture in the air, and is usually expressed when the weather is also hot.  This happens frequently when a place experiences a lot of rain.  Notice the following:

  1. The jungle is more humid than the coast..
  2. It is so humid today that I can't stop sweating.