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822 Sri Lanka
Mini talks about her country of Sri Lanka and suggests three things to do there.

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ancient things


You can see ancient things.

'Ancient' things have been around for thousands of years or are really really old.  Notice the following:

  1. It's an ancient castle.
  2. The great wall is an amazing example of ancient Chinese history.

a castle


We have a castle called the Rock Castle.

A 'castle; is a large stone building from past history that we can still visit, especially in Europe.  Notice the following:

  1. I loved the castle in Lord of the Rings.
  2. The castle tour was cool!



You can see the ruins there.

'Ruins' are parts of old buildings that remain after hundreds or even thousands of years.  Notice the following:

  1. The ruins were interesting to see.
  2. The castle ruins are in quite good condition.

all over the place


We have beaches all over the place.

The phrase 'all over the place' means in many different places.  Notice the following:

  1. There are 7-11 stores all over the place.
  2. We walked all over the place trying to find it.



It's not popular amongst Sri Lankans.

In modern usage we use 'among'. Here 'amongst' is used to describe the feelings within a group of people.  Notice the following:

  1. Rap music is popular amongst American college students.
  2. English is widely spoken amongst the staff.