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holy • lecture • for ages
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  1. Just using her imagination she the most delicious meals.
  2. The in class today was about the first civilizations in the world.
  3. This is a fun toy for children because they can use it to make them want, like animals or houses.
  4. Women must cover their shoulders in this area.
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595 Life in India

Nitya talks about her hometown of Varanasi.

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It's considered a very religious and holy city.

A 'holy' city is place that is important for religious reasons; it is considered sacred.  Notice the following:

  1. Although to building did not have a religious history it felt very holy inside.
  2. We don't have school today, because it's a holy day.


Buddha gave his first lecture sitting under a tree.

A 'lecture' is a speech that is given to teach other people what you know.  University professors give lectures.  Notice the following:

  1. My father lectured me about why I need to study more for my classes.
  2. Did you fall asleep during the lecture?

for ages

The tree's been preserved there for ages.

If the tree has been there for a long time, but we don't want to say exactly how long, we can say that it has been there 'for ages.'  Notice the following:

  1. It's been ages since I've eaten pizza.
  2. She hadn't seen her best friend for ages.


You just see them in different forms.

The shape, appearance or way of use of something is its form.  For example we use milk in many forms: butter, milk, cheese, cream, etc.  Notice the following:

  1. It is the same product, just a different form.
  2. That cloud is in the form of a cat.


I think Shiva because they say he created the earth.

To 'create' something is to make it.  We usually use create to talk about a new idea made into something, like an invention.  Notice the following:

  1. She always creates problems when she is around.
  2. Do you know who created Facebook?


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