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quite • even though • favorite
calms • disgusting
  1. This is my new song. I can't stop listening to it.
  2. Be careful with that plate. It's still hot.
  3. What is that smell? It's .
  4. it was a little warmer last night, the house is still really cold.
  5. Peppermint oil really me down and helps me relax.
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415 Seasons
Marion and Todd discuss the seasons.

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quite or most of the time

The winter at the moment is very cold, but most of the time, it's quite sunny as well.

If something happens 'most of the time' it means that it happens frequently. We use the adverb 'quite' to show a degree of something. 'Quite sunny' is more than 'a little sunny,' but less than 'really sunny.' Notice the following:

  1. He gets quite frustrated when people are late.
  2. Most of the time the traffic is really bad at this time of day.

even though

Even though at first it seems quite cold, afterwards, with the sun we kind of warmed up very quickly.

'Even though' has a similar meaning to 'although.' It is often used to contrast two opposing or opposite ideas. Notice the following:

  1. Even though he seems a little boring when you first meet him, you will discover that he is actually very funny.
  2. Even thought they were still really expensive, these shoes were a good deal.

favorite

Winter is not my favorite season; summer is my favorite season.

Your 'favorite' of something is what you like the best. Notice the following:

  1. Blue is her favorite color.
  2. This is my favorite Chinese restaurant.

calms me down

The heat is very relaxing and it calms me down.

If something 'calms you down' it makes you feel more relaxed. Notice the following:

  1. When she is like this it is very difficult to calm her down.
  2. Having a beer at the end of a stressful day calms me down.

disgusting

When you have a crowded train and it's very hot, it ends up being quite disgusting.

Something that is disgusting is not good or comfortable. Disgusting things can make your stomach feel sick. Notice the following:

  1. After it rains really hard here there is usually garbage in the streets. It's disgusting.
  2. This is the most disgusting pizza I have ever had in my life.