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  1. Sweden has a long reputation as being a country.
  2. There are a lot of traffic laws here, but not many of them are .
  3. Scientists are still looking for a way to reduce petroleum consumption.
  4. I usually ahead when I get to this part of the movie.
  5. For all intents and I don't have a car right now, because mine is in the shop.
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#534 Irish History

Eucharia gives a brief history of Ireland.

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skip ahead

So, skipping ahead a few years. The Celtic people were always quite unique within Europe ...

Used like this, to 'skip ahead' is to move from talking about one past date or period to a more recent one without giving all the details about what happened in between.  Notice the following:

  1. I prefer to skip ahead from my childhood to my early twenties when I talk about my past.
  2. When he's telling a story, he always skips ahead and it becomes difficult to understand.

for all intents and purposes

Even though the English had, for all intents and purposes, colonised, it was not an easy colonisation.

The most common usage of the phrase 'for all intents and purposes' is to refer to usual situations or circumstances or for the purposes that are practical.  So the example is, although the English had colonised in a practical sense, it was not easy for them.  Notice the following:

  1. For all intents and purposes the house is finished being built, we just need to clean up a little so we can live in it.
  2. Our relationship, for all intents and purposes, was over before we even went on vacation together.

strictly enforced

So it was really strictly enforced.

If something is 'strictly enforced,' it is regulated very closely.  For example, a law that is monitored closely by police, such as speeding. Notice the following:

  1. The school strictly enforced the nightly curfew.
  2. The rules for the contest were strictly enforced.

laudable technique

I can’t say laudable technique but …

A 'laudable technique' is a technique that deserves to complimented and respected.  It is a good way of doing something.  Notice the following:

  1. Although he demonstrated a laudable technique, I preferred to try it my own way.
  2. He invented a laudable technique for turning water power into energy.

neutral country

Ireland is a neutral country.

A 'neutral country' is one that has no affiliations or alliances with other groups.  It is impartial.  Notice the following:

  1. He tried to stay neutral on the topic, but his life experiences caused him to choose a side.
  2. I am neutral about the new action movie.


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