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humor • you'll ever • takes up
open • cracks
  1. This comedy show me up every time I watch it.
  2. You need to try to be more with people around you, or you will never make new friends.
  3. I'm sure this is the nicest house see.
  4. She's not fat, but she hates the way that she space.
  5. I don't understand his sense of at all.
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696 Family Traits
Adrienne talks about the different personalities in her family.

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sense of humor

My mother is a very kind woman and she has a great sense of humor.

Your 'sense of humor' is what you consider to be funny. Someone who has a great sense of humor would not take life to seriously and would be able to laugh at herself and at situations. Notice the following:

  1. Her great sense of humor makes even bad situations pleasant.
  2. All of my friends have good senses of humor.

the .... you'll ever

My dad is probably the nicest man you'll ever meet, because he's very kind and warm-hearted.

Here we are using the superlative or extreme for of an adjective to show that the person or thing we are talking about is the most extreme that you will come in contact with. In the example, there is nobody who is nicer than Adrienne's father. Notice the following:

  1. He is the tallest man you'll ever meet.
  2. This is the spiciest food you'll ever eat.

take up space

My dad's very tall and takes up a lot of space.

Someone who 'takes up a lot of space' is very tall and big in structure but not necessarily fat. Notice the following:

  1. I'm an average-sized person, but in some countries I feel like I take up a lot of space.
  2. Whenever I am visiting someone, I try not to take up too much space at their house.


My sister has a very good heart, and she's very generous and very open.

Someone who is 'open' is easy to approach and talk to. Notice the following:

  1. It's nice to be open about how you feel.
  2. He is one of the most open and caring people I have ever met.

cracks me up

She's got a great sense of humor and she cracks me up.

Someone who 'cracks you up' makes you laugh. Notice the following:

  1. I love working with her, because she cracks me up.
  2. This movie really cracks me up.