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  1. She became for her acting and singing, but now she makes clothes too.
  2. Every Saturday we have five hours of service.
  3. They are going on a Boy Scout for two weeks this summer.
  4. This is only given out every five years.
  5. Wear the you have with you to the concert tonight.
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268 The Prize
Ian talks about winning a special award in England.

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A famous person I've met is the Duke of Edinburgh.

A 'famous' person is one that a lot of people know because of his job or his family. Actors, actresses and singers are famous people. Notice the following:

  1. He became famous when he was only nine years old.
  2. She is famous for her parents' money and her sense of fashion.


You have to do different challenges for each award.

An 'award' is something that you win or is given to you for completing something, usually in a way that is better than other people. Notice the following:

  1. They gave him an award when he retired for being such a good teacher and role model.
  2. He was given an award for his acting performance.

community service

For the gold award, you had to do community service.

'Community service' is work you do for the a certain area, like a city or neighborhood, that you are not paid for but is to help the community.  Cleaning up parks or streets is an example of community service. Notice the following:

  1. Part of her community service was working with special needs children.
  2. The boy had to do community service as part of his punishment.


You had to go to an expedition, so we went hiking for five days.

An 'expedition' is a trip or a journey that you make for some specific reason.  In the past explorers made expeditions to look for new territory.Notice the following:

  1. He leads two expeditions every month.
  2. During the camp we had to go on a survival expedition.

best clothes

We went to Buckingham Palace, and we had our best clothes on.

Your 'best clothes' are the nicest or most formal clothes that you have. Notice the following:

  1. The kids wore their best clothes for the photographs.
  2. To celebrate our anniversary we put on our best clothes and went to a really nice restaurant.