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escorted • demographics • vigilant
stick around • new wave
  1. I decided to another night.
  2. Recently there has been a of conservative politicians.
  3. The police officers the criminal to the courthouse.
  4. Because of his health problems he has to be about what he eats.
  5. of an area can be a problem if most of the people are old.
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171 The Big Change
Alexandra talks about how a hurricane greatly changed the city of Miami.

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Without being escorted by a parent.

If you are 'escorted' by someone they take you from one place to another to make sure you arrive safely. Notice the following:

  1. Many famous people have escorts for protection.
  2. There are people who will escort you to your seat.


The demographics have changed due to a hurricane.

'Demographics' of an area are the statics about the population of that area. For example, information about age, gender or race are demographic information. Notice the following:

  1. Democraphically this is a young country.
  2. The demographics of many countries have changed a lot during wars.


Parents now have to be more vigilant with their children.

A person who is 'vigilant' is alert and aware of what is happening around them. A vigilant parent is very aware of what his child does. Notice the following:

  1. He is more vigilant about things now than when he was younger.
  2. She is extremely vigilant about what her children eat.

to stick around

You really don't want to stick around.

To 'stick around' a place means to stay there longer than you have intended to stay. Notice the following:

  1. He always sticks around longer than you want him to.
  2. I want to stick around here until I get a good answer.

new wave

You have a new wave of immigrants coming in.

A 'wave' of people is a group of people that enter a place at the same time. A 'new wave' would be the people who have arrived most recently. Notice the following:

  1. There is usually a wave of people at lunch and then a new wave at dinner.
  2. People have been coming in waves most of the day.