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world traveler • grim • reputation
center of arts • actually
  1. We are taking a painting class at the .
  2. He has many stories from his time as a .
  3. You are a really good cook, even though you don't like to do it.
  4. People here have a for being rude.
  5. His paintings from those years are very .
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153 Manchester
Matt talks about his city and how it has changed over the years.

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world traveler

Wow, world traveler!

A "world traveler" is a person who has been to many different countries in the world.  Notice the following:

  1. She wanted to escape the corporate world and be a world traveler for a while.
  2. He was a world traveler in his twenties.

grim

Manchester's well known for being a grim town.

A "grim" town is nasty and unfriendly; not a welcoming place to be.  Notice the following:

  1. He always tells very grim stories about when he was a child.
  2. I've heard such wonderful things about Panama.  I wasn't expecting it would be so grim.

reputation

Manchester has got a more modern reputation.

Your "reputation" is what people think about you. Notice the following:

  1. According to your reputation, you like to party.
  2. She has a reputation of being a hard worker, but very difficult to work with.

center of arts

A more modern reputation as a center of arts.

A "center of arts" is a place that has recent or traditional art.  Places like this attract a lot of painters, photographers, and other artists.  Notice the following:

  1. He always wanted to live in a center of arts and visit galleries or museums in his free time.
  2. She moved to Paris because it was a center of arts.

actually

I love the Smiths, actually.

"Actually" has a similar meaning to "really" but is frequently added to a sentence to show a different opinion than someone else.  The sentence before the example sentence could be: The Smiths are terrible people.  And the example sentence shows a disagreement.  Notice the following:

  1. It has been nice to spend some time alone, actually.
  2. It is actually quite easy to travel in the city.