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native • sold out • mammoth
big deal • distinguishable
  1. The birds are because of the differences in their tail feathers.
  2. It's funny how these cucumbers are.
  3. The concert has been for weeks now.
  4. Getting married is a really .
  5. Are these trees to this area?
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598 Big University

Michael talks about his university.

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native to

No, I've been here about ten years, but not native to this state.

If you are 'native to" a place you were born there.  No matter how long you live in another area, you can only be native to one place.  Notice the following:

  1. These trees are native to Australia, but they grow very well here.
  2. Are you native to Peru?

sold out

Every game is sold out.

If a concert is 'sold out,' it means that every ticket is already sold.  You cannot buy at ticket anymore.  Notice the following:

  1. When he finally called to buy tickets the game was sold out.
  2. She won tickets to the sold out concert.


That's mammoth.

We can use this word to mean something is big in size or a very important, like big deal.  Notice the following:

  1. You got a promotion?  That's mammoth.
  2. I can't believe you ate that whole hamburger.  It was mammoth.

big deal

All Saturdays are abuzz with excitement for the home games, and it's just a very big deal.

If something is a 'big deal,' it is very important.  Notice the following:

  1. It was a really big deal when he finally met his first girlfriend.
  2. Calm down.  This isn't a big deal.


I was more of like a kind of hippie at the time, and we kind of distinguished between the jocks and ...

To 'distinguish' between two things is to set them apart or separate them for being different.  Notice the following:

  1. They looked so similar that I couldn't distinguish between the two.
  2. Can you distinguish between a crocodile and an alligator?


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