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thing • driving • company
attention • carving
  1. They're offering a wood class at the community center right now.
  2. Wherever he went, he was always the center of .
  3. When you are a parent, you spend a lot of time .
  4. I have to remember to send him an email first tomorrow morning.
  5. A new clothing just opened a store near here, but I can't remember the name.
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#536 Thai Cooking

Akane talks about a cooking class she took.

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first thing

They picked me up first thing in the morning.

The 'first thing' is the initial action of the morning, at the beginning of the day.  Notice the following:

  1. I want that report first thing tomorrow.
  2. The first thing we have to do is call your mother.


They drove me to an outdoor market.

To 'drive' someone is to take him in your car from one place to a different place.  Notice the following:

  1. I am going to drive some friends home.
  2. Can you drive me to school tomorrow?

new company

It was still a new company that just opened up.

A company or a business that is just beginning is a 'new company.'  Notice the following:

  1. There are still very few employees, because it is a new company.
  2. The new electronics company is really increasing competition for us.


I was the only student and so I got a lot of attention.

You get 'attention' when other people look at you or watch you.  You are the object of their interest and focus.  Notice the following:

  1. You have to pay attention in class or you will not pass your exam.
  2. He didn't get much attention from girls in his class, because he was really quiet.


They even taught me how to do fruit carving.

To 'carve' something is to cut it, usually with a knife, into a shape or design.  Notice the following:

  1. He was carving a wooden bird when I arrived.
  2. It took the workers months to carve the marble statue.


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