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rural • stand • concrete
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  1. The that they have is only professional. They don't do things socially.
  2. I think the desert would be the perfect for this story.
  3. He grew up in a jungle, so life in the country feels very strange for him.
  4. In areas the houses are very far apart.
  5. I can't rainy days. They make me so tired.
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551 City or Countryside

Mark and Todd debate the city and the country.

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Alabama is very rural, so lots of mountains, lots of countryside.

'Rural' is the opposite of urban.  It is the natural area outside of a city or town.  Notice the following:

  1. They decided to build a house in a rural area so they could have horses.
  2. It is a beautiful, quiet, rural area.

can't stand

I grew up on a farm, and I lived way out in the country growing up, and I can't stand the country now.

If you hate something, then you 'can't stand' it.Notice the following:

  1. I can't stand tomatoes.
  2. He can't stand the way his girlfriend leaves her chewing gum everywhere.

concrete jungle

Don't you get tired of concrete jungles and buildings?

'Concrete jungle' is a description of a city where everything is gray, people live close together and there nothing natural to be seen.  Notice the following:

  1. After living in a concrete jungle for ten years, they finally bought a house in the suburbs.
  2. They went camping for the weekend to escape the concrete jungle.


The few people you do meet, you form a good relationship with.

In this case, 'relationship' is like friendship.  We can also use relationship to describe something romantic.  Notice the following:

  1. She has had many good relationships in her life.
  2. It was a good relationship at the beginning, but the romance had disappeared after a few months.


I'm just able to relax so much more when I'm out in a rural setting.

A 'rural setting' is a rural location or a location outside of a city.  Notice the following:

  1. He never imagined himself living in an urban setting.
  2. The setting of the house was beautiful.  It was surrounded by mountains.


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