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  1. If they win one more game, this team with break the for greatest number of wins.
  2. I really have to go to the bathroom, but I don't want to lose my .
  3. It is hard to believe that he has already been for 7 years.
  4. I didn't start the fight. It was the around.
  5. Which do you support?
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310 Voting

Aaron talks about how people vote for their government in Australia.

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party

We have two major parties. The Liberal Party and the Labor Party.

In this case, a 'party' refers to a political group.

Notice the following:

  1. The election was very close, both parties campaigned very hard for votes.
  2. I would like to be the leader of a political party.

lose his place

In November this year there's an election and he might lose his place.

To 'lose your place' means that you will no longer have your previous position. We can also used this phrase to talk about a position that you have in a particular order, such as a line.

Notice the following:

  1. I don't want to leave the line, I might lose my place.
  2. I have dropped my book and I think I have lost my place.

other way around

It's the other way around.

The 'other way around' means that something needs to be in the opposite order to be correct. The situation is currently the reverse of what it should be.

Notice the following:

  1. You have your shirt on backwards, it should be the other way around.
  2. Hold it the other way around so that I can read it.

in office

How long has he been in office?

When used like this 'to be 'in office' means to hold a position in politics.

Notice the following:

  1. The MP has been in office for over 4 years.
  2. I never thought he would get to be in office.

break the record

You think Howard will break the record?

When you 'break the record' it means you do something better or longer than it has ever been done before.

Notice the following:

  1. She broke the record for the 100 meter sprint.
  2. If the athlete finishes in less than 2 seconds he will break the record for the fastest ever lap.

 

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