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make it • work • prolific
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  1. He is my favorite writer, and I own almost his entire of work.
  2. A lot of the slang I used with my friends when we were younger has fallen out of now.
  3. I was really hoping to to the end of the semester without getting sick.
  4. This plant is extremely , so I have to trim it once a month.
  5. In the past, many people signed documents they didn't understand, because they were .
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#529 Shakespeare

Eucharia talks about Shakespeare.

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to make it to

Back in those days to make it to 40 was considered old age.

Here, to 'make it to 40' means to survive or live until 40 years old.  Notice the following:

  1. She is going to be 90 years old next week, and the doctors said she wouldn't make it to 20.
  2. I hope my car can make it until next year.

body of work

In his relatively short life he produced an enormous body of work.

A 'body of work' refers to the collection of work completed by an author or artist.  Notice the following:

  1. The body of work from his early years as a writer is very different from what he wrote later in life.
  2. I knew he was a writer, but not until after he died did I discover how big his body of work really was.


He was an extremely prolific writer.

To be a 'prolific' writer is to produce a lot of works, such as essays, short stories or novels.  Notice the following:

  1. She was a very prolific fashion designer, each season had at least a hundred new looks.
  2. The apple tree was very prolific.


If Shakespeare suddenly appeared in the 21st century he would be almost illiterate.

If you are 'illiterate,' then you lack the ability to read or write.  Notice the following:

  1. Many children are illiterate in third world countries.
  2. In the past, stories were often told instead of read, because most people were illiterate.

fall out of usage

Some words and some grammatical structures are no longer in English, they’ve fallen out of usage.

If something 'falls out of usage,' people stop using it regularly.  For example cassette tapes have fallen out of usage since CDs were invented. Notice the following:

  1. I can't believe you have a pager.  I thought they fell out of usage a long time ago.
  2. That style fell out of usage years ago.


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