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long time • last frontier • fell in love
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  1. They with Greece immediately.
  2. Please bring my new shoes, the .
  3. that he never recovered after his wife died.
  4. She went away for a after she graduated.
  5. Very adventurous people have the desire to explore the .
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807 Alaska
Asako talks about her time living in Alaska, the last frontier in America.

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a pretty long time


She lived in Alaska for a pretty long time.

We use the adverb 'pretty' to make an adjective a little weaker. For example: pretty big / big / very big, or pretty good /good /very good.  Notice the following:

  1. The weather's pretty hot today.
  2. That's a pretty cool song.

The last frontier


Alaska is the last frontier.

A 'frontier' is a large, natural, undeveloped area without people.  Alaska is considered the 'last frontier' of the United States because it has some of the only untouched land.  Notice the following:

  1. Actually, the last frontier for humans is space.
  2. My friend says the last frontier on earth is under the sea.

I fell in love


Asako says I fell in love.

When we begin to develop strong feelings of love we say that we fall in love. We often use the phrase as an informal idiom.  Notice the following:

  1. I fell in love with Italy.
  2. She fell in love with the new iPad.

Big ones


Mosquitoes. Big ones.

We use the term 'ones' to talk about countable nouns.  Notice the following:

  1. Mountains, big ones.
  2. Jeans, black ones.

Some people say


Some people say mosquitoes are the state birds.

What 'some people say' is a general opinion of some people about a topic.  Notice the following:

  1. Some people say Italian food is the best in the world.
  2. I don't care what some people say.