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  1. It's so that you found your earring outside in the grass.
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593 The Languages of India

India has many languages. Nitya talks about them.

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constitution

The constitutional national language is English.

A 'constitution' is a system of rules used to govern a country.  We also use this word to describe the legal document where all of these rules are listed.  In the example, the meaning is that English is the nationally recognized language, although there may be other languages used in the country.  Notice the following:

  1. This law is written in the constitution.
  2. When was your national constitution written?

huge

India is really huge.

If something is 'huge,' it is really really big.  Gigantic.  Notice the following:

  1. Their new house is absolutely huge.
  2. What do you have in your suitcase?  It's huge!

to some extent

There are some people who do understand Hindi to some extent.

In the example, 'to some extent' can be replaced with a little bit.  If you understand or know about something to a certain extent you are not any expert, but you know something about the subject.  Notice the following:

  1. She understood what the man was saying to some extent, but decided to use a translator to understand everything.
  2. To some extent he wanted to look for a new job, but it was just so much stress.

incredible

That's incredible.

Something that is unbelievable or amazing is 'incredible.'  Notice the following:

  1. The size of the dog was incredible.
  2. It's incredible that you saw a monkey in the park.

divide

What divides the country is the languages?

To 'divide' something is to separate it into different parts.  Notice the following:

  1. We will divide the money between the two of us.
  2. I divide my free time between my friends and family.

 

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