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riot • racism • rough areas
mischief • chase away
  1. isn't as obvious now as it was in the past.
  2. We want you to any photographers.
  3. Windows were broken and fires were started during the .
  4. There are a lot more police in the of the cities.
  5. Some curious kids can cause a lot of for their parents.
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274 Life in England
Mark talks about the area he grew up in.

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Bradford is famous for riots.

A 'riot' is a loud public conflict that is usually violent.  Riots can happen as a result of protests or outbursts of public emotion.  Riots can be very destructive to buildings and street and injure people. Notice the following:

  1. The police are preparing for riots around the capital building.
  2. Too many people and too much alcohol in the same place can easily lead to a fight or riot.


Those riots were due to racism basically.

'Racism' is anger or intolerance towards members of another race. Racism comes from the believe that each race has basic differences at a genetic level and that some races are better than others. Notice the following:

  1. He experienced a lot of racism growing up in this area.
  2. Racism is still a big problem in many countries.

rough area

Is Bradford a rough area?

A 'rough area' usually has lots of crimes and violence and is not a safe place to be or live. Notice the following:

  1. Nobody would ever guess that she grew up in a rough area.
  2. It's very obvious that this is a rough area of town.

cause mischief

As kids, we were always playing, sometimes causing mischief.

When children 'cause mischief' they are causing problems or playing tricks on people. Notice the following:

  1. His is a difficult child and causes a lot of mischief in class.
  2. Halloween is a day for people to cause mischief.

chase away

I'll have the dog chase those kids away.

If you 'chase something away' you run after it in an effort to scare it so it won't be close to you. Notice the following:

  1. They use their dog to chase strangers away.
  2. Her dad is really good at chasing the boys away.