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craving • no more • sickened
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  1. After he eats dinner, he always gets a for a little something sweet.
  2. They had to go through a lot of after their son died.
  3. I need a day off from the gym. My body is at the point where it can take .
  4. She is popular with parents for the strong she gives to their children.
  5. I am just by all the terrible food I ate yesterday.
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568 Smoking

Al shares his thoughts on smoking.

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I've stopped smoking several times and had very bad cravings.

A 'craving' is a strong desire for something.  We use this to talk mostly about food, alcohol or cigarettes.  Notice the following:

  1. What are you craving for dinner tonight?
  2. When she was pregnant, she had a constant craving for bread.

take no more

So you just think where your body reaches a point where you can take no more.

If your body can 'take no more,' it can't sustain or survive any more of something.  Notice the following:

  1. I had to sit down in my aerobics class because my body could take no more.
  2. I can take no more of this noise.  I'm leaving.


Your mind reaches a point where you're sickened by your own disgusting behavior.

If you are 'sickened' by something, it makes you feel ill or disgusted.  Notice the following:

  1. She felt sickened by the smell of the farm.
  2. The long, hot bus ride sickened us.


So what is your message to smokers?

Information or a final idea that you want to communicate to another person is a 'message.'  Notice the following:

  1. Would you like to leave a message for the doctor?
  2. I don't understand the message of that advertisement.


I'm reading a really cool book at the moment about therapy.

'Therapy' is a type of physical, emotional or psychological treatment that helps a person feel better.  People go through therapy if they have been injured, had something terrible happen or want to make a change in their lives.  Notice the following:

  1. She went to therapy after her mother died suddenly.
  2. After the car accident, he went to physical therapy for six months.


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