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agenda • grab • conscience
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  2. I can't believe you aren't hungry. I really need to something to eat.
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685 Dinner
Adrienne talks about dinner, eating out, getting takeaway, and dishes.

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If you're not cooking tonight, then what's on the agenda?

An 'agenda' is a like a plan or outline for what will happen in a specific period of time. Notice the following:

  1. One good way to keep yourself busy is to make an agenda at the beginning of each day.
  2. What is on the agenda for today?


There are nice restaurants in my neighborhood, so I might go and grab something to eat near here.

Here, 'grab' is an informal way to say 'get' or 'buy.' Notice the following:

  1. If you are really that tired, we can grab a coffee somewhere.
  2. Can we stop by my house? I just need to run in and grab something.


You have no conscience, because you know it's not good for the environment.

Your 'conscience' is your sense of right and wrong. This doesn't have to do with rules but with moral ideas. Notice the following:

  1. Do you think criminals have a conscience?
  2. He knew it would be a good way to get a promotion at work, but his conscience told him that it wasn't the right thing to do.


Your reasoning is interesting, but I think the paper is more detrimental though.

When something is 'detrimental' it is harmful or damaging, in this case to the environment. Notice the following:

  1. I think that acting in this way is very detrimental to your situation.
  2. Smoking is extremely detrimental to your health.


Well, it's definitely not as renewable as water, that's for sure.

Here, 'renewable' refers to something that can be cleaned and restored to its original condition to be used again. Notice the following:

  1. Solar power is a good source of renewable energy.
  2. It is very important that we find a good renewable power source for our cars.