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  1. He smokes a of cigarettes every day.
  2. Paris has a special for many people.
  3. The businessman went asking people to invest in his cleaning products.
  4. Being a natural , he is very good at getting his ideas into production.
  5. We should buy to put up around the house.
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608 Part-Time Job
Greg talks about the various part-time jobs he had growing up as a kid.

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go door-to-door

I would go door-to-door and knock on people's doors.

When you go from one house, to another, and then another, you are 'going from door-to-door.' Notice the following:

  1. We had to go door-to-door to sell cookies for our group.
  2. They went door-to-door looking for her dog.

a pack

People would buy a couple packs of the seeds I was selling.

Here, a 'pack' refers to a packet or a small sealed envelope with something inside. Notice the following:

  1. Can you buy me a pack of cookies at the store?
  2. I can't believe you just ate a whole pack of crackers in 5 minutes.

mistletoe

Putting mistletoe up on the roof for Christmas is an American tradition.

'Mistletoe' is a plant with green leaves and red berries that is hung above a doorway at Christmas time. When two people are underneath the mistletoe, they have to kiss. Notice the following:

  1. You can tell these are Christmas decorations because of the mistletoe.
  2. Hang some mistletoe above the front door.

entrepreneur

You were quite the entrepreneur, the young businessman.

An 'entrepreneur' is a person who is interested in business and making money. We especially use this word to refer to someone who has new ideas or takes business risks. Notice the following:

  1. He was an entrepreneur and made a lot of money when he was very young.
  2. The entrepreneur started the company.

allure

The big allure of the job was the free food.

Here, 'allure' is used as a noun and is similar to 'attraction,' referring to why something is desirable. Notice the following:

  1. I don't understand the allure of buying designer clothes.
  2. She has some kind of special allure that makes almost all men crazy about her.