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genes • dress • flashy
stopper • on the way
  1. She is so beautiful that her entrance to a party is always a show.
  2. I think that dress is a little for where we are going tonight.
  3. We have another child so we need a bigger house.
  4. My cousins are twins and they always the same.
  5. Children receive half their from their mother and half from there father.
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#548 Jeannie's Family

Jeannie talks about her unique family.

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genes

Oh, so you have good genes in your family.

'Genes' are biological information that make you what you are.  This information comes from your parents and determines your physical appearance and many other things.  Notice the following:

  1. My freckles came from my mother's genes.
  2. It was in his genes to be a good athlete.

dress the same

They always dress the same.

To 'dress the same' as someone else is to wear the same clothing or something similar. Notice the following:

  1. The girls were twins and they always dressed the same.  It was impossible to tell them apart.
  2. I hate it when you dress the same as me.

flashy

They always got to look flashy.

Someone dressed very well in fancy clothing looks 'flashy.' Notice the following:

  1. You can't wear those shoes with that dress.  They're too flashy.
  2. I prefer to be comfortable than flashy.

show stopper

So that when they go out, they're like the show stoppers.

A person who dresses in such a way that other people stop what they are doing and look at her is a 'show stopper.'  This is mostly used in a positive sense, but it could be negative as well.  Notice the following:

  1. In that dress, you'll be a real show stopper.
  2. She is always such a show stopper when she walks into a party.

on the way

My brother has three daughters and he's got a son on the way.

To have a son 'on the way' means that his son will be born very soon. Notice the following:

  1. They have four boys under the age of 6 and another one on the way.
  2. This picture was taken when your sister was on the way.

 

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