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marsh • sprawling • high-pitched
anything • non-stop
  1. The house is kind of small, but there is a yard behind it.
  2. I need a new alarm clock because this one is too and gives me a headache.
  3. Many frogs live in the behind our house.
  4. I never thought they would get married, but I guess is possible.
  5. Have you been watching TV since I left this morning?
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#535 Cork

Eucharia talks about her city in Ireland.

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marsh

It comes from the Irish word ‘kirkig’ which is ‘marsh’.

A 'marsh' is a wet area with a lot of tall grasses.  It doesn't have as much water as a pond or a lake, but it usually has some water part of the year.  Ducks and other birds like to live in marshes.  Notice the following:

  1. The dog was dirty and wet from playing in the marsh.
  2. When he tried to cross the marsh, his pants got really wet.

sprawl

It’s a sprawling city.

If something is 'sprawling' it is spread out in an unnatural, uncomfortable or impractical way.  To say a city is 'sprawling' is to say that it is not very compact or that it reaches a great distance in all directions.  Notice the following:

  1. My dog was sprawled out on the bed when I got home and there was no space for me to sleep.
  2. He is most comfortable when he is sprawled across the sofa.

high-pitched

The men in my city speak with a very high-pitched accent.

'High-pitched' is a high tone.  In this case, the men speak with a feminine tone.  Notice the following:

  1. She gave high pitched scream and then started running.
  2. The police siren was very high pitched and hurt my ears.

anything is possible

Anything is possible any night of the week.

This means that anything could possibly happen on any night of the week.  There are endless possibilities.  Notice the following:

  1. He could pack his bags and leave for Egypt tomorrow.  With him, anything is possible.
  2. Maybe you'll win the lottery tomorrow, after all, anything is possible.

non-stop

It rains almost non-stop from autumn until spring.

If it rains "non-stop," that means it rains without stopping at all.  Notice the following:

  1. The baby has been crying non stop all night.
  2. Okay.  Time to turn of the television.  You have been watching movie non-stop all day.

 

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