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too good • spirits • hue
rich feel • through
  1. During the spring people are usually in very good .
  2. We've passed this town hundreds of times on the way to my grandparents' house, but I've never noticed that statue before.
  3. The discounts that they have right now are to be true.
  4. I hate cheap clothes. I need something with more of a .
  5. Curtains with a yellowish would make the room seem much brighter.
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590 Italian Cities

Marion talks about the different cities in Italy.

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too good to be true

It was almost too perfect, too good to be true.

If something is 'too good to be true,' it seems impossible that it could be real.  Notice the following:

  1. I thought the offer sounded too good to be true, and it was.
  2. Winning the lottery and a vacation in the same day was too good to be true.

good spirits

Everybody was in really good spirits.

To be in 'good spirits' is to be happy or in a good mood.  Notice the following:

  1. You are in very good spirits today.  What happened?
  2. The team was in really good spirits after they won the game.


Kind of Terra Cotta hues of the buildings.

A 'hue' is a color or a shade of a color.  Notice the following:

  1. This paint actually has a green hue to it that we didn't notice at the store.
  2. The bluish hue in the dress looks really nice with her eyes.

rich feel

It has a bit of a rich feel to it.

If something appears to be expensive or luxurious, it has a 'rich feel.'  Notice the following:

  1. You dress is beautiful, and the cloth has a really rich feel to it.
  2. The hotel had a really rich feel, but it wasn't that expensive at all.

passed through

Even though I had passed through before, I didn't really like it because it's a big built up city.

To 'pass through a place' is to go there, but not really spend any time there, to go quickly from one side of the city to another without exploring.  Notice the following:

  1. Can you pass through Mapleville on your way home and get my clothes at the cleaners?
  2. I've passed through this part of town before, but only in my car.  I never knew there were so many shops here.


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