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617 Pet Care
Lucinda talks about the many pets in her life.

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nature reserve

We lived on a kind of nature reserve so we couldn't have any pets.

A 'nature reserve' is a place where the land and the animals are protected from the negative effects of humans. Notice the following:

  1. One of the best things about where we live is all the nature reserves.
  2. This kind of bird only survives on nature reserves now. It is extinct in the wild.

apart from

Apart from chickens, we couldn't have any pets.

'Apart from' can be replaced by 'besides' and 'other than.' The example means that they had chickens, but didn't have any other pets. Notice the following:

  1. Apart from weddings she never wears dresses.
  2. Apart from cauliflower, I like all vegetables.


My parents are divorced, so my father lived in the city.

If you have gotten married and then ended your marriage, you are now 'divorced.' Notice the following:

  1. It isn't a surprise that most celebrities have been divorced at least once.
  2. They divorced after almost 20 years of marriage.


I had pets at my auntie's and my grandparent's house.

'Auntie' is a friendly way of saying 'aunt.' Notice the following:

  1. We are going over to my auntie's for dinner tonight.
  2. Whenever I am home, I always make time to see my auntie.


I ruined about five of my grandfather's dogs, because they were really good sheep dogs until they met me.

When you 'ruin' something, you destroy it or negatively change it in some way so that it is never the same again. Notice the following:

  1. She ruined the bread she was making, because she added too much flour.
  2. I accidentally washed a red sock with my white clothes and ruined a few of my shirts.