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liberal • online • anti-social
depth • clips • flat
  1. Reading has become more popular in recent years.
  2. We want to find a new to live in next year.
  3. The original videos were a bunch of short , and we put them together into a longer segment.
  4. It's hard to take him anywhere, because he's awkward and.
  5. The homework is to write and in paper about the use of wind energy.
  6. His ideas make him very popular with the younger crowd.
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484 News Source
Ruth and Todd discuss where they get their news.

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conservative/liberal

Is the Guardian conservative or liberal?

Someone who is 'conservative' likes to keep things as they are and maintain traditions. A 'liberal' person is open to change and want maximum individual freedom. Notice the following:

  1. His liberal ideas have been criticized by the conservative public.
  2. Most conservative politicians are supporting him for the next election.

read online

I don't read the papers anymore; I read them online.

If you 'read something online' you use the computer to look it up on the internet, and you read it there without printing it off. Notice the following:

  1. Reading online for a long time gives me a headache.
  2. I have started reading some books online, and I love it.

anti-social

Don't you think that is really anti-social, looking at a screen all day?

Someone is 'anti-social' if they can't communicate and interact with other people in a friendly way. We also say, jokingly, that people are anti-social if they prefer to be by themselves, instead of with other people. Notice the following:

  1. It's uncomfortable to be in a place like this if you're an anti-social person.
  2. He is very successful scientist, but he's known for his anti-social behavior.

in depth

I like radio news because I think it's a lot more in depth.

When something is written about or talked about in-depth, it means that it is very detailed. Notice the following:

  1. This book is very in depth, but the way the author writes keeps you entertained.
  2. My teacher told me that my research seemed very in depth.

short clips or longer segments

Unlike TV that has very short clips, radio news usually has longer segments.

A 'short clip' of video is a few seconds of the video. A 'longer segment' is something that is a minute or longer. Notice the following:

  1. This website only lets you put up short clips.
  2. If you want to upload longer segments, you will have to use a a different program.

flat

I have newspaper in my apartment, so come along and read the newspaper at my flat.

'Flat' is another way to say 'apartment.' Notice the following:

  1. We are looking at a great flat in the downtown area.
  2. Our flat usually stays pretty warm in the winter.