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spectator • premiership • book
made • overpaid
  1. Many lawyers are very .
  2. He over a million dollars last year.
  3. Tennis is a good sport.
  4. I need to two double rooms.
  5. The city is very busy for the game today.
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256 Football
Sarah shares a few thoughts about football.

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spectator sport

My favorite spectator sport is football.

A 'spectator sport' is a sport that you watch.  The example is specifically referring to a game that is fun to watch, but not necessarily play.  Notice the following:

  1. Some sports are fun to play, but really boring spectator sports.
  2. Boxing is her favorite spectator sport.


The Newcastle United finished fifth in the premiership this year.

A 'premiership' is a championship competition in which people or teams from a number of different sporting clubs compete. Notice the following:

  1. Have you ever been to a premiership?
  2. We are having a party to watch the premiership game.


To be able to watch games in Newcastle, you have to book in advance.

When used like this 'book' is a verb that means to reserve something. Notice the following:

  1. When do I have to book my flight?
  2. We need to make some decisions about this vacation because I want to book a hotel.


Do you think athletes make too much money?

In this case 'make' can be replaced with 'earn' or 'receive.' Notice the following:

  1. It isn't polite to ask someone how much they make.
  2. He is looking for a way to make a little extra money.


Football players do a good job, but I think they're overpaid.

Someone who is 'overpaid' receives too much money for what it is that they do. Notice the following:

  1. All of the executives here are overpaid.
  2. He is definitely overpaid considering I do most of his work.