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bitter • jumper • stereotypical
fair • reasonable
  1. My grandmother made this for me when I was about 10 years old.
  2. He is your American tourist, loud and whiny.
  3. I understand that you're angry, but you need to be about the situation.
  4. Teachers have to be to all the students in the class.
  5. The weather is so today that I don't even want to get out of bed.
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Marion has a problem with her glasses. She explains what the problem.

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bitter

I remember just being bitterly, bitterly cold.

In this case 'bitter' refers to something that gives an unpleasant sensation. We can also use 'bitter' to talk about something that has a sharp and unpleasant taste, like the peel of a lemon.

Notice the following:

  1. The apple was very bitter and tasted awful.
  2. The wind is bitter, make sure that you wear your coat today.

jumper

A few of us had to buy extra scarves and gloves and jumpers because it was just so, so cold.

A 'jumper' is a sweater that is pulled over the head instead of buttoned.

Notice the following:

  1. I would like a nice jumper for my birthday present.
  2. I think the jumper is dry clean only.

stereotypical

It was really amazing because that's one of the, I suppose, the most stereotypical things when you think of Venice.

When something is a 'stereotype' it means that it is an image that is commonly associated a place or idea. If something is 'stereotypical' it follows the idea of a stereotype.

Notice the following:

  1. She is a stereotypical cheerleader.
  2. I guess you could say that I am a stereotypical student as I do not have a lot of spare cash.

fair

We were saying that it wasn't fair because it was just a group of us.

When a situation or decision is 'fair' it means that each person involved receives equal treatment. 

Notice the following:

  1. Some people think that paying taxes is not fair.
  2. It is not fair that we were not invited to the party.

reasonable

We just wanted the experience so I think eventually they kind of gave us a more reasonable price.

When price is 'reasonable' it means that it is acceptable or moderate. It is not ridiculously high. 'Reasonable' can also refer to something that logical.

Notice the following:

  1. I think that it is very reasonable behaviour.
  2. He could have given us a more reasonable price.