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all-time • pharmaceutical • smashed
Adam • market
  1. Many people who work in hospitals are addicted to drugs.
  2. Most of the things that get stolen around here are sold on the black later.
  3. Much of this story is symbolic and makes reference to and Eve.
  4. Her first, , absolute favorite author is John Steinbeck.
  5. Even though he wasn't driving very fast, his car got all up in the accident.
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791 Favorite Artist

Shona discusses three artists she likes and what she likes about their artwork.

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my first all-time, absolute favorite

My first all-time, absolute favorite artist is a guy called Fred Tomaselli.

'My first all-time, absolute favorite means' the one thing that you prefer above any other. In this case it refers to Shona's favorite artist.

Notice the following:

  1. My first, all-time favorite singer is Barbara Streisand.
  2. Who is your first, all-time favorite band?

pharmaceutical drugs

He will also use pills and pharmaceutical drugs.

'Pharmaceutical drugs' are medication that you can only take when they are prescribed by your doctor.

Notice the following:

  1. I think you can get addicted to some pharmaceutical drugs.
  2. Do you take any pharmaceutical drugs?

all smashed up

They will be all smashed up and he'll use them and he'll create these amazing like 3-D images.

When something is 'all smashed up,' it means that it has been broken into very small pieces. In this case, it is something intentionally broken.

Notice the following:

  1. I went into my bedroom and saw that the mirror had been all smashed up.
  2. The cake was all smashed up after I threw it on the floor.

Adam and Eve

He's done human images like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Adam and Eve are two religious characters from the Old Testament book of Genesis. Some religions think that they were the first man and woman on earth.

Notice the following:

  1. I believe that the first man and woman on earth were Adam and Eve.
  2. Do you believe in Adam and Eve?

the black market

It was stolen by someone professional who was hoping to sell it on the black market, so it wasn't damaged.

The 'black market' refers to illegal trading and selling.

Notice the following:

  1. She said that she bought a fake designer bag on the black market.
  2. A lot of stolen paintings are sold on the black market.



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