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  1. Growing up in a area gave her interesting ideas about the world.
  2. The gardening tools were pretty from being left outside for so long.
  3. Most of his family is really , but he is very liberal.
  4. The mountains around the city all the rain, so the weather is usually very nice here.
  5. A lot of the tourist destinations in Mexico are really .
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746 Oregon Beauty
Tim talk about the various landscapes of his home state in the U.S.

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really developed

In Washington it's really, really developed and in California as well.

When somewhere is 'really developed' it means that it is very commercialized. In developed areas there are houses, businesses, apartment buildings, etc.

Notice the following:

  1. I find living in really developed areas can be quite stressful.
  2. He says that he does not want to live anywhere really developed, as he prefers the peace and quiet.


One of the biggest rain forests in America is there, but it's real wet, real green and really mossy.

When something is 'mossy,' it means that it has a lot of moss growing on or around it.

Notice the following:

  1. Be careful not to slip outside, as the path is very mossy.
  2. The ground was very mossy, and we needed to fix that.

traps all the rain

The mountain kind of traps all the rain.

Something that 'traps the rain' holds the rain clouds and prevents them from moving somewhere else.

Notice the following:

  1. Our town is in a valley, and so it traps all of the rain.
  2. The hills trap all of the rain, so it is usually dry where we live.

liberal area

Lots of people think of Oregon as a real liberal area.

A 'liberal area' is a region that does not have conservative or highly traditionalist views.

Notice the following:

  1. I would much prefer to live in a liberal area.
  2. Over the years, it has become much more of a liberal area.

real conservative

On the other side of the mountains it's real conservative.

When somewhere or someone is 'real conservative,' it means that the area is very traditional.

Notice the following:

  1. Her grandparents are real conservative.
  2. I used to be real conservative, but as I have got older I have become much more liberal.