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bruise • handy • sick
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  1. His girlfriend him of unhealthy food, so when he's with his friends, he eats a lot of junk.
  2. You should use all of the apple, except for the brown part where it has a .
  3. Sushi is something I could eat every day and never get of.
  4. The of my feet in the sand has always made me feel calm.
  5. It's really to have these bags of vegetables around, because they are easy to cook.
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#508 Favorite Fruits

Ruth discusses certain fruits.

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bruise

It’s not like if you take other fruits with you: they squash and they bruise.

A bruise is a bad area on a fruit or vegetable that is a result of being dropped or hit. It is usually softer or a different color than the fruit normally is.  Notice the following:

  1. The banana was very brown and bruised from being in my purse.
  2. When I bought the apple I didn't notice that half of it was bruised.

handy

Raisins are so handy and they come in a little packet and you can always have fruit with you.

Something handy is convenient or useful and usually makes life easier.  It is handy to have an umbrella if it starts to rain.  Notice the following:

  1. Frozen dinners are handy if you don't have time to cook, but they aren't delicious.
  2. It was very handy to have a shop that sold vegetables near my house.

get sick of

Don’t you get sick of them? I mean eating them every day?

To become tired of something because you eat it too frequently.  This phrase also be used to refer to music and clothing used too frequently. Notice the following:

  1. I have nothing to wear. I am sick of all my clothes.
  2. After three months in Mexico, he was sick of tacos.

sensation

When I eat grapes, my mouth gets a sensation.

A sensation is a physical or emotional feeling that is a reaction to something in the world. You can experience both good and bad sensations. Notice the following:

  1. I hate the sensation of eating sour foods.
  2. She had the sensation that she was being watched.

deprived

You are deprived!

To 'be deprived of' is to not have something that you want or need. This can be both physical items or experiences.  Notice the following:

  1. He is angry now, because he was deprived of love as a child.
  2. I'm on a diet, and I feel deprived of sweets.

 

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