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big • constantly • slipped
particular • impressive
  1. You read two books a week!? That's .
  2. My back hurts because I and fell in the shower this morning.
  3. He turned into a really cook after we got married.
  4. I've eaten Chinese food in this area a lot, but never at this restaurant.
  5. When she is nervous she talks .
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131 Climbing Fuji
Steven talks about climbing Mt. Fuji in the cold season in winter.

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big

Are you a big mountain man?

The example sentence is really asking: Do you like the mountains.  Or, do you go to the mountains a lot?  If you put the word 'big' in front of a noun phrase it means that it is something that you enjoy.  Notice the following:

  1. He's a big sports fan and watches games every Sunday.
  2. She is a big reader and always has a book with her.

constant

We were constantly walking.

If you do something 'constantly' you do it continuously, without stopping.  Notice the following:

  1. She is constantly chewing gum.
  2. It feels like it constantly rains here.

slip

Wasn't the ice really slippery?

If something is 'slippery' it is easy to slide and fall.  A wet floor can be very slippery.  Notice the following:

  1. He slipped on the spilled soda.
  2. Because he wasn't wearing good boots it was difficult to walk up the slippery hill.

particular

On this particular occasion.

In the example sentence 'particular' can be replaced with specific or exact.  We can use this word to demonstrate a difference between the current situation and what is normal.  Notice the following:

  1. She is very organized.  Everything has to be in its particular place.
  2. In this particular market, they usually have an excellent selection of fresh fruit.

impressive

Wow, really impressive.

If something is 'impressive' it is really incredible or amazing.  Notice the following:

  1. You can run for a long time.  It's really impressive.
  2. The last five minutes of the basketball game were really impressive.