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comparison • apart from • whole
stew • origin
  1. is one of my favorite things to eat during the winter.
  2. This area is actually the of pasta.
  3. He goes to the gym, but that he almost never leaves the house.
  4. There is no between the food my grandmother makes and what you can get in a restaurant.
  5. When you go to the markets, you have a world of different food stalls to choose from.
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589 Italian Food

Marion talks about the wonderful food of Italy.

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no comparison

There's just no comparison to the pasta and the pizza that we get in other countries.

'No comparison' means that it is impossible or pointless to compare because the pasta and pizza are so much better in Italy than any other country. Notice the following:

  1. There is no comparison between bread you make at home and what you buy in the store.
  2. There is no comparison between name brand shoes and the cheap ones.  They last longer, they look better and they are more comfortable.

apart from that

But apart from that ...

You can use this phrase to separate two contrasting ideas, one positive and one negative.  It takes me forever to get to work, but apart from that I love my job.  Notice the following:

  1. Sometimes I eat fish, but apart from that I don't eat any meat.
  2. She buys a lot of music, but apart from that she doesn't spend money on things she doesn't need.

whole world of

There's a whole world of Italian food and it's all really good.

In the example, a 'whole world of food' refers to many options, most of which you probably didn't know about before.  Notice the following:

  1. There is a whole world of other things you can wear if you don't feel comfortable in that dress.
  2. There is a whole world of things you can study in university.  What are you interested in?


Obviously there is a lot of seafood involved in the cooking. Fish stews and that kind of thing.

A 'stew' is a very satisfying soup that has been cooked for a long time.  Usually there is a lot of meat and not much liquid.  Notice the following:

  1. The house smelled like beef stew when I got home.
  2. Is that vegetable stew?  You know I prefer to eat meat.


Geneoa is where pesto originated.

The 'origin' of a thing is where it comes from.  In this case, where it was first made.  Notice the following:

  1. My family originated in Scandinavia.
  2. Where did coffee originate?


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