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  1. The of this school was not designed for so many students.
  2. She can't eat meat for reasons.
  3. The water from the lake is so that we actually use the winter ice for drinks in the summer.
  4. There are many money making on the internet nowadays.
  5. It's often very to see where the people who work in these hotels actually live.
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594 The Ganges River

Nitya talks about the Ganges River.

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The Ganges River's origin is from Himalayas and it's considered very pure.

If a river is 'pure,' it is not contaminated by other things and not polluted.  We can also use this to describe something that is natural or unchanged by anything else.  Notice the following:

  1. The cake is made with pure vanilla.
  2. The new snow was pure and white.


It's considered holy because of religious reasons.

A 'religious reason' is a reason that comes from a person's religion or faith.  Your religion is your spiritual belief.  Notice the following:

  1. After her accident she became very religious.
  2. The church attracts religious people from all over the road.


I guess this problem is all over not only in the Ganges River because there no infrastructure.

'Infrastructure' is a framework or system that supports something.  This usually refers to a building or a social system. Notice the following:

  1. The company was successful because of its strong infrastructure.
  2. What can we do to repair the infrastructure of the building and make it stronger?


There are so many schemes from the government.

A "scheme" is a plan, but is usually a dishonest or tricky one.  Notice the following:

  1. He had an incredible scheme to get her to fall in love with him.
  2. She is always scheming some way to make money.


It was very eye-opening.

If you see something 'eye-opening,' it makes you aware of something you didn't see or weren't aware of before.  Notice the following:

  1. Traveling alone was a very eye-opening experience for her.
  2. Talking to the native people was very eye-opening.


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