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as everybody • bodyguard • anecdotes
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  1. My grandfather always had the best for me when I was upset.
  2. That building will definitely in the next few years.
  3. knows, he isn't always the most honest person.
  4. She gets about things really easily.
  5. They had to go to court after her hit a photographer.
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314 The Galapagos

Jose talks about some special islands in his country.

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as everybody knows

The Galapagos, as everybody knows is such a unique place.

You can use the phrase 'as everybody knows' to show that something is common knowledge.

Notice the following:

  1. As everybody knows, I got married last weekend.
  2. There are many turtles, as everybody knows, that live on the Galapagos.

bodyguard

There were 8 bodyguards with the guy.

A 'bodyguard' is somebody who is paid to keep somebody else safe. Usually a bodyguard is very big and strong and the person he protects is famous.

Notice the following:

  1. The film star has a bodyguard with her at all times.
  2. I would like to be a bodyguard when I grow up.

anecdote

You know that's just one anecdote.

An 'anecdote' is a type of story that recalls a true and interesting event.

Notice the following:

  1. He is a great hit at dinner parties, he knows lots of anecdotes.
  2. We had a great time, it will make a great anecdote.

collapse

I think the whole ecosystem will collapse.

When something 'collapses' it falls down and becomes broken.

Notice the following:

  1. After the fire, the building collapsed.
  2. I am so tired I could just collapse on my bed and fall straight asleep.

upset

I was very very upset with the situation.

When you are 'upset' it means that you are sad or angry about something.

Notice the following:

  1. His pet just died and he is very upset.
  2. I don't want to upset you.

 

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