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  1. It's kind of that you lost your keys right after you said you never lose anything.
  2. He has worked really hard to his basketball skills this season.
  3. Can you think of some good birthday present ideas off the top of your?
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#549 ELLLO Mail Bag

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They give me suggestions for how to improve the site.

When you 'improve' something, you make it better than it is right now.  Notice the following:

  1. There are many ways to improve your exam scores.
  2. She really wants to improve her German speaking ability.


Why don't you have real authentic speech?

If something is natural, unchanged and not created, then it is 'authentic.' The pyramids in Egypt are authentic historical architecture.  Notice the following:

  1. He bought an authentic painting for his wife's birthday.
  2. There were thousands of authentic weapons in the museum.

off the top of our head

We're basically talking off the top of our head, so how is this not natural?

If you talk 'off the top of your head,' you are saying what you have stored in your memory.  Notice the following:

  1. I can't remember her address off the top of my head.
  2. She couldn't remember his name off the top of her head.


It's kind of ironic.

When something is funny because it is different or opposite from what you would expect, it is 'ironic.' Notice the following:

  1. It was ironic that the only thing I forgot to bring with me on my Caribbean vacation was my swimming suit.
  2. Ironically, I gave away my old bed weeks before my new one was stolen.


I think it's because a lot of the conversations are staged.

If a situation is planned in advance, then it has been 'staged.'  It isn't natural or authentic.  Notice the following:

  1. The argument was clearly staged.
  2. They staged a car accident to attract the attention of the police, and then they robbed the bank.


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