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immediate • frequently • spread out
concrete • reunion
  1. We try to have a big family every 5 years.
  2. That organization calls me fairly asking for donations.
  3. The internet makes it easy to stay in touch with people who are across the world.
  4. The nice thing about buildings is that they stay cool in the summer.
  5. She had six sisters in her family.
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695 The Global Family
Adrienne's family lives in various parts of the world. She talks about it.

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immediate family

In my immediate family, there are just four of us.

Your 'immediate family' includes your mother, father, brother and sister. Notice the following:

  1. I think that only his immediate family will be at the awards ceremony.
  2. How many people are in your immediate family.

fairly frequently

I see them fairly frequently considering we all live very far away from each other.

Something that you do 'fairly frequently' is not something you do all the time, but you do do it with regularity. Notice the following:

  1. He doesn't see his friends as much as he used to, but he still sees them fairly frequently.
  2. We eat in restaurants fairly frequently.

spread out across

We'll be spread out completely across the globe.

If a group of people is 'spread out across' the globe, it means that they are all in different places far away from each other. Notice the following:

  1. He has friends spread out across the world.
  2. Most of the people I graduated with are spread out across the country now.


Hong Kong is really beautiful for such a big city, although it's not completely concrete.

'Concrete' is a type of hard material that is mixed as a liquid, and then can be formed in to different shapes. It is very strong. Many cities have the reputation of being all concrete, so they would be cold and not very good looking. Notice the following:

  1. All of the buildings in Mexico City are made of concrete.
  2. They want to make the whole driveway concrete.

family reunion

I'm hoping that every one of us can come together for some kind of family reunion.

A 'family reunion' is when a large group of family members comes together to visit and spend time together. Notice the following:

  1. Every trip to my grandparents house usually ends up as a family reunion.
  2. When I was a little girl, we had family reunions every summer.